Wolfgang Schleich

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Wolfgang Schleich (born February 23, 1957 in Mühldorf am Inn ) is a German physicist and university professor . His specialty is quantum optics .

Wolfgang Schleich in Budapest, 2013


Schleich studied at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich , where he graduated in 1981 ( quantum fluctuations in ring lasers ), received his doctorate from Marlan Scully in 1984 (optical tests of general relativity ), where he worked at the Institute of Modern Optics at the University of Was with Scully in New Mexico , Albuquerque , and completed his habilitation in 1989. From 1984 to 1986 he was a post-doc at the University of Texas at Austin with John Archibald Wheeler and then researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching with Herbert Walther . From 1991 he was a professor at the University of Ulm , where he is head of the quantum physics department. In 2008 he was also a Distinguished Professor at the University of North Texas at Denton.

Schleich deals with theoretical and experimental quantum optics, with applications to tests of general relativity (investigations into noise suppression in ring laser gyroscopes) and in quantum informatics as well as with the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. He investigated the interaction of light with atoms in atomic traps and demonstrated collective effects there and investigated the construction of quantum states with access via phase space (and the Wigner function ), about which he wrote a basic textbook.

From 1996 to 1998 he headed the quantum optics department of the German Physical Society . In 2008 he received the Willis E. Lamb Prize . He is the editor of Optics Communications. In 1995 he received the Leibniz Prize , the Max Planck Research Prize in 2002 , the Physics Prize of the German Physical Society in 1991 , the Otto Hahn Medal in 1993, the First Class Medal of the Technical University of Prague in 2007 and the Ernst Abbe Medal in 1993. He is a member of the Academia Europaea , the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina (since 2002) and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences . He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics , the Optical Society of America , the European Optical Society , the American Physical Society .


  • with Marlan Scully: General Relativity and Modern Optics . In: Raymond Stora , G. Grynberg: New Trends in Atomic Physics, Les Houches Summer School Vol. 38, 1982, North Holland, 1984
  • with Chow, Gea-Banacloche, Pedrotti, Sanders, Scully: The Ring Laser Gyro . In: Reviews of Modern Physics , Vol. 57, 1985, pp. 61-104
  • From the ether wind to the new light , Physikalische Blätter, Vol. 47, 1991, p. 595
  • with Matthias Freyberger: The fine art of condition measurement . In: Physikalische Blätter , Vol. 49, 1993, p. 1109
  • with Willis Lamb, Scully, Charles Townes : Laser physics- quantum controversy in action . In: Reviews of Modern Physics , Vol. 71, 1999, pp. 263-273 (in the Millennium Edition by Rev.Mod.Phys.)
  • Quantum Optics in Phase Space . Wiley / VCH, 2001
  • Editor with Others: Noise and Chaos in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems . Cambridge University Press, 1993
  • Editor with Herbert Walther, Willis Lamb: Ode to a quantum physicist: a festschrift in honor of Marlan O. Scully . Elsevier, 2000
  • Editor with Dietrich Papenfuß, Dieter Lüst : 100 years of Werner Heisenberg . Wiley / VCH, 2002
  • Editor with Herbert Walther: Elements of quantum information . Wiley / VCH, 2007

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Individual evidence

  1. Member entry by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schleich (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina , accessed on July 20, 2016.