Prof. Eugene A. Demler

Department of Physics, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

The recipient of this years Johannes Gutenberg Lecture Award, Professor Eugene Demler, is on of the youngest tenured professors at the Physics Department of the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachussets.

He became assistant professor at Harvard in 2001 only three years after his PhD with S.C. Zhang at Stanford on high-Tc superconductors.

It took only three more years for his promotion to the rank of a full professor. Professor Demlers main research field is the theory of strongly correlated quantum systems, which includes -- among many other things -- high-Tc superconductors, quantum anti-ferromagnets, quantum-Hall systems, and, more recently, strongly interacting ultra-cold atomic quantum gases. He received first international recognition already through his PhD research. The publications together with S.C. Zhang on the theory of resonant neutron scattering of high-Tc superconductors and about microscopic mechanisms of high-Tc superconductivity are among the highly cited work in the field. Important contributions together with S. Das Sarma on quantum-Hall systems and with S. Sachdev on spin-ordering quantum transitions in superconductors followed.

More recently Professor Demler extended his research with great success to the theory of strongly interacting, ultra-cold quantum gases. His studies of quantum correlations of atoms in optical lattices, in particular the theory of high-temperature superfluidity of fermionic atoms in optical lattices and the several proposals for the controlled coherent manipulation of spin-exchange interactions as well as for the detection of many-body effects through noise-correlation measurements lead to a high international recognition.

November 2006


left to right: I. Bloch, C. Felser, E.A. Demler, J. Michaelis


left to right: J. Michaelis, E.A. Demler, I. Bloch


left to right: Eugene A. Demler, Immanuel Bloch