Welcome to the Theory Division at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light


Florian Marquardt
(Scientific Director)

Nanophysics and Quantum Optics
Machine Learning for Physics

Flore Kunst
(Independent Research
Group Leader)

Non-Hermitian Topology

Mario Krenn
(Independent Research
Group Leader)

Artificial Scientist Lab

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In our research, we apply tools from condensed matter theory and from quantum optics to a range of questions at the interface of nanophysics and quantum optics, addressing both quantum and classical dynamics. In our approach, we often try to identify the salient features of experimentally relevant situations and condense them into minimalist models which can then be attacked with all the state-of-the-art theoretical tools. At the same time, we also care about the direct contact with experiments, down to designing the classical electromagnetic and acoustic properties of specific structures.


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Multiphoton non-local quantum interference controlled by an undetected photon

Kaiyi Qian, Kai Wang, Leizhen Chen, Hou Zhaohua, Mario Krenn, Shining Zhu, Xiao-Song Ma

Nature Communications 14 1480 (2023) (2023) | Journal | PDF

Quench-drive spectroscopy and high-harmonic generation in BCS superconductors

Matteo Puviani, Rafael Haenel, Dirk Manske

Physical Review B (107) 094501 (2023) | Journal | PDF

Topological phase diagrams of exactly solvable non-Hermitian interacting Kitaev chains

Sharareh Sayyad, Jose L. Lado

arXiv 2302.13561 (2023) Preprint | PDF

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