Professor Dieter Jaksch develops proposals for dynamically engineering non-equilibrium quantum matter by optical control. He studies a range of platforms, from synthetic quantum matter made of ultracold atoms, to quantum materials.

His career started with a seminal proposal for achieving the superfluid to Mott insulator transition with cold atoms in an optical lattice. This work ushered in a new era of quantum state engineering by making highly controllable and microscopically understood strongly interacting systems experimentally accessible for the first time. Professor Jaksch subsequently developed protocols for controlling and manipulating these that are nowadays established pillars of contemporary optical quantum technologies.

Importantly, Professor Jaksch’s work bridges the customary confines of quantum optics and condensed matter physics, enabling cross-fertilization between these two distinct fields. He has introduced ideas from quantum optics to explain dynamical phenomena observed in optically driven solids far away from equilibrium.

Professor Jaksch’s work has demonstrated the presence and relevance of quantum coherence in such experiments, and thus connected quantum optics, solid state physics and extreme-timescale attosecond science. This work opens new avenues for engineering quantum materials by employing coherent electron dynamics.

Professor Jaksch has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010. He was awarded an ERC Synergy Grant Q-MAC with A Cavalleri, A Georges, and JM Triscone in 2013, the MAINZ Visiting Professorship in 2015 and the 2018 Thomas Young Medal and Prize.