Prof. Dr. Norbert Schuch

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PD Dr. Norbert Schuch
Research Group Leader

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Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1
85748 Garching, Germany


Tel.: + 49 89 3 29 05 - 129



I am heading the Research Group Entanglement of Complex Quantum Systems within the Theory Division at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics. In our group, we apply concepts from quantum information, and in particular entanglement theory, to study the rich variety of physical phenomena observed in complex interacting quantum many-body systems:
  • we work towards a comprehensive classification of the different types of entangled quantum matter and their characterization from local properties, based on tensor networks;
  • we apply tensor network methods for the variational modelling and study of specific strongly correlated systems of interest;
  • we utilize tools from quantum complexity theory to understand the ultimate limitations to our ability to capture the behavior displayed by strongly correlated systems.

More details can be found on the research pages.

I am also a lecturer at the Technical University Munich.
Forthcoming lecture in winter term 2017/18: Quantum Information.

Before moving to the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, I have been an assistant professor at the Institute for Quantum Information of RWTH Aachen University;  some information on previous teaching and students at Aachen can also be found below.

Some resources: My publications on the arXiv, Google Scholar, and ResearcherID, and my CV.

Group Members


PhD students:

See also the list of former members and theses completed in the group.

If you are interested in joining my group, please apply through the application portal of the Theory Division, or get in touch with me via email.


Current courses

WS 2017/18         Quantum Information

Past courses

WS 2016/17         Quantum Information
SS 2015 Quantum Information (at RWTH Aachen, local mirror)
WS 2014/15         Entanglement and locality in quantum many-body systems (at RWTH Aachen, local mirror)
SS 2014 Vorkurs "Mathematische Methoden der Physik" (at RWTH Aachen)
WS 2013/14 Quantum Optics (at RWTH Aachen, local mirror)
WS 2012/13 Analytical and numerical methods for quantum many-body systems from a quantum information perspective (at RWTH Aachen)