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Peter Nalbach

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Postdoc with Junior Fellow Michael Thorwart


Peter Nalbach studied physics at the Universität des Saarlandes and the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg where he completed his diploma thesis in theoretical physics in 1996 and received his PhD on Dynamics of Tunneling Defects in 1999 working in the group of Prof. H. Horner.

In 2000, Peter Nalbach was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and thus, beginning of 2001, he joined the physics group of Prof. D.D. Osheroff at Stanford University (Califonia, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. After his return to Germany in 2003 he started in the F&E department of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH.

In 2008 he joined the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, as a postdoctoral fellow of the School of Soft Matter in the research group of Michael Thorwart.

His interests focus on theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular, quantum nanostructures in incoherent environments (collective dynamics of coupled dissipative quantum systems, quantum dynamics in biomolecules and polymers).


FRIAS Project

Open nanoscale quantum systems, quantum coherence and entanglement in nanoscale systems (biomolecules, polymers, superconducting flux qubits, spin qubits), driven dissipative quantum systems and collective dynamics of coupled dissipative quantum systems.


Selected Publications

  1. P. Nalbach, D.D. Osheroff, S. Ludwig: Non-equilibrium dynamics of interacting tunneling states in glasses, J. Low Temp. Phys. 137, p.395 (2004)
  2. P. Nalbach, W. Harrison: Particle tunneling through a polarizable insulator, Phys. Rev. B 68, 165309 (2003)
  3. D. Rosenberg, P. Nalbach, D.D. Osheroff: Memory effects in amorphous solids below 20 mK, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 105501 (2003)
  4. P. Nalbach, O. Terzidis, K.A. Topp, A. Würger: Elastic response of [111]-tunneling impurities, J. of Phys. (Cond. Mat.) 9, p. 1467 (2001)
  5. B. Thimmel, P. Nalbach, O. Terzidis: Rotating wave approximation: systematic expansion and application to coupled spin pairs, Eur. Phys. J. B 9, p. 207 (1999)