Prof. Dr. Martin Weitz

Rheinische Friedrichs-Wilhelms-University Bonn

Institute for Applied Physics

Quantum Optics

Research fields

  Equilibrium thermodynamics of light
  Quantum physics of ultracold atomic gases
  Laser cooling of dense gases

Prof. Dr. Martin Weitz


Wegelerstrasse 8

53115 Bonn


Since April 2006

Professor (W3) for Experimental Physics, University Bonn

2001 - 2006

Professor (C3) or Experimental Physics, University Tübingen


Habilitation, University Munich

1994 - 2001

Project leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching


Acting Assistant Professor, Stanford University

1993 - 1994

Postdoc, Stanford University, Research group of Prof. Dr. S. Chu


Promotion, University Munich, Prof. T. W. Hänsch with „summa cum laude“. Dissertation at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics

1985 - 1989

Physics studies, Technical University Munich

1983 - 1985

Physics studies and Electrical Engineering, University Kaiserslautern


Abitur, Bad Dürkheim



Awarded with ERC Advanced Grant "Interacting Photon-Bose-Einstein Condensates in Variable Potentials", European Research Council


Awarded with 1st Prize of NRW-Hochschulwettbewerbs "Patente Erfinder", (with J. Klärs and F. Vewinger)


Granting of a Reinhart Koselleck-Project "Collisionally Induced Laser Cooling of Ultradense Molecular Gases" of the German Physical Society


Awarded with Philip Morris Research Prize (with T. Hänsch, T. Udem, B. Gross, A. Huber, and J. Reichert)

1986 - 1989

Promotion by Prof. Dr.-Ing. E. Müller-Foundation within the  Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany 

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Compressibility and the equation of state of an optical quantum gas in a box

E. Busley, L.E. Miranda, A. Redmann, C. Kurtscheid, K. Karkihalli Umesh, F. Vewinger, M. Weitz, and J. Schmitt

Observation of a non-Hermitian phase transition in an optical quantum gas

F. Öztürk, T. Lappe, G. Hellmann, J. Schmitt, J. Klaers, F. Vewinger, J. Kroha, and M. Weitz

Thermally condensing photons into a coherently split state of light

C. Kurtscheid, D. Dung, E. Busley, F. Vewinger, A. Rosch, and M. Weitz

Real-space imaging of a topological protected edge state with ultracold atoms in an amplitude-chirped optical lattice

M. Leder, C. Grossert, L. Sitta, M. Genske, A. Rosch, and M. Weitz

Observation of grand-canonical number statistics in a photon Bose-Einstein condensate

J. Schmitt, T. Damm, D. Dung, F. Vewinger, J. Klaers, and M. Weitz

Bose-Einstein condensation of photons in an optical microcavity

J. Klaers, J. Schmitt, F. Vewinger, and M. Weitz

Directed transport in a Hamiltonian quantum ratchet

T. Salger, S. Kling, T. Hecking, C. Geckeler, L. Morales-Molina, and M. Weitz

Laser Cooling by Collisional Redistribution of Radiation

U. Vogl and M. Weitz

Atomic Interferometer with Amplitude Gratings of Light and its Applications to Atom Based Tests of the Equivalence Principle

S. Fray, C. Alvarez Diez, T. W. Hänsch, and M. Weitz

Atomic Interferometer Based on Adiabatic Population Transfer

M. Weitz, B. C. Young, and S. Chu

Precise Optical Lamb Shift Measurements in Atomic Hydrogen

M. Weitz, F. Schmidt-Kaler, and T. W. Hänsch

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