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Tilman Pfau

Prof. Dr.

Head of Institute
5. Physikalisches Institut


Pfaffenwaldring 57
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 4.163

Office Hours

For appointments please contact the institute's administrative office.

Summer Semester 2020:

  • Advanced Atomic Physics II
  • The Physics of Climate Change

Winter Semester 2019/2020:

  • Advanced Atomic Physics I

Summer Semester 2019:

  • Advanced Atomic Physics II
  • Extremes in Atomic Physics

Winter Semester 2018/2019:

  • Advanced Atomic Physics I

Tilman Pfau

Full Professor holding a chair for Photonics

Institute director, 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart

Director of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST


  • 06/1998 Habilitation, Universität Konstanz
  • 09/1994 PhD Physics, Universität Konstanz, Supervisor: Prof. J. Mlynek
  • 04/1991 - 02/1992 Diploma degree in physics, Universität Konstanz

Work experience

  • Since 2014: Founding Director of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST
  • Since 01/2000 Full Professor and founding director of the 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart
  • 09/1994 - 04/1999 Postdoc and project leader atom optics, Universität Konstanz, group of Prof. J. Mlynek

Research stays

  • 05 - 08/2016 Visiting professor at ITAMP and CUA (MIT/Harvard), Cambridge
  • 07 - 08/2013 Visiting fellow at JILA, Boulder, group of Prof. J. Ye
  • 04 - 07/2010 Guest professor at the University of Toronto, group of Prof. J. Thywissen
  • 08/2007 Guest professor at the Tsinghua University of Beijing, group of Prof. J. W. Pan
  • 04 - 07/2005 Guest professor at Helsinki University of Technology, group of Prof. I. Tittonen
  • 05 -12/1999 Feodor-Lynen fellow of the Alexander v. Humboldt-Foundation, group of Prof. W. Ketterle MIT, Boston
  • 09 - 11/1997 and 02 - 04/1995 Postdoc at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel ENS, Paris, group of Profs. C. Cohen-Tannoudji, M. Leduc, Ch. Salomon

Awards, Honors

  • 2022 selected as Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review journals of the APS
  • 2017 Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society
  • 2016 Rydberg lecturer at Lund University
  • 2016 Inaugural Alexander Dalgarno lecturer at Harvard University
  • 2014 Gentner-Kastler Prize of the Société Française de Physique and the DPG
  • 2014 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2010 Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council
  • 2010 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2009 Rosenthal lecturer at Yale University
  • 2008 Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America
  • 1999 Feodor Lynen fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 1998 Rudolf-Kaiser Award
  • 1995 Byk Award of the Herbert-Quandt Foundation of the Altanta AG for the PhD thesis

Scientific Boards

  • Advisory Board Journal of Physics B
  • Advisory Board ITAMP
  • Advisory Board The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging (Excellence Cluster CUI)
  • Review Board Member (Fachkollegiat) at German science foundation (05/2008- 04/2012)
  • Member of the board of the Kepler seminar (Heidehof foundation)
  • Member of the state board for the reformation of the high school education system in Baden-Württemberg
  • European Research Council Panel Member for ERC Consolidator Grant (2014 – 2018)
  • Founding Director of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST (since 2014)

Activities at the Faculty and the University

  • 2017: Installation of the unit “Physics Didactics Research” at 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart
  • Since 08/2016: Coordinator of DFG Priority Programme 1929 "Giant Interactions in Rydberg Systems" (GiRyd)
  • Since 2014: Founding Director of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST)
  • 2012: Local organizer of the Spring meeting of the DPG in Stuttgart (2.300 participants)
  • 2010 - 2019: Elected member of senate of the University of Stuttgart
  • Since 2009: Scientific coordinator of a high school physics day lab at the faculty
  • 07/2005 - 06/2017: Spokesman of the SFB/TRR 21
  • 2004: Scientific coordinator of a physics festival in Stuttgart (25.000 visitors)
  • 2003: Organizer of a temporary hands-on exhibition “experimenta” (15.000 visitors)
  • 01/2001 - 06/2003: Spokesman of the DFG research group "quantum gases"
  • 2000 - 2002: Vice dean of the Physics Department at the University of Stuttgart

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