Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Richard Schmidt


Phone: +49 (0) 6221 545049

Institute for Theoretical Physics
Heidelberg University
Philosophenweg 16
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Room: 208

Office hours: 4-5PM, every first/third Thursday of the month (please contact me in advance via email).

Prof. Dr. Richard Schmidt 


After his undergraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, Richard Schmidt received his PhD in 2013 from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, working in the group of  Prof. Wilhelm Zwerger on the study of the interplay of few- and many-body physics in ultracold atomic systems. As recipient of the independent  ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellowship, he moved to  Harvard University and the  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, USA.


At the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, USA, Richard Schmidt made various contributions to the research on quantum impurity problems far from equilibrium, ranging from Rydberg excitations in Bose gases to the impurity-induced dephasing dynamics of fermionic systems and developed a new approach for the description of quantum rotors coupled to a many-body environment such as relevant for molecules immersed in superfluid Helium nanodroplets. In September 2017 he moved as Pauli Visiting Fellow to ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he continued to study the theory of mesoscopic systems at the boundary from few- and many-body physics in the context of two-dimensional van-der Waals materials. In 2017 the Max-Planck Society awarded Richard Schmidt the position of a Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, and become Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark in November 2021. Since 2022 he is Chair for Theoretical Physics at Heidelberg University.

Here you can find Richard Schmidt’s CV.