Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff

Department of Physics

Institute of Condensed Matter Physics
Chair of Laser Physics

Room: Room 0.154, 0.153
Staudtstr. 1
91058 Erlangen


  • 2012: Habilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich
  • 2002: PhD at LMU Munich in the group of Prof. T. W. Hänsch at the magnetic microtrap experiment. Thesis: First achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in a magnetic chip trap
  • 1999: Diploma studies at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Thesis with Prof. R. Eichler: Measurement of the production cross section e p -> D_s with the silicon vertex detector at the H1 experiment at DESY
  • 1997: Prediploma (Vordiplom) at Technische Universität (TU) Berlin
  • 1994 – 1995: Military service, Navy, navigation
  • 1994: School leaving exam (Abitur)

Professional positions

  • 2019: Offer from TU Berlin to become Einstein Professor, declined
  • Since 2012: Full Professor of Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Since 2018: Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), Erlangen
  • 2012 – 2018: Associated member of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), Erlangen
  • 2012: Offer, W3-professorship at Universität Oldenburg, declined
  • 2012: Offer, W3-professorship at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, accepted
  • 2008 – 2012: Head of a Max Planck Research Group (“free floater”), Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching/Munich
  • 2003 – 2007: Postdoc at Stanford University in the group of Prof. M. Kasevich

Honors and select funding

  • Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, 2018
  • Visiting professor, Physics Department, Stanford University, March – Sept. 2018
  • “Prize for good teaching” for Experimental Physics 1 & 2 course, FAU Physics Department, 2017
  • Spokesperson (jointly with Prof. R. L. Byer, Stanford), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Accelerator on a Chip International Program (ACHIP), 2015 – 2020 (Total funding of $13,5 Million, partners: Stanford, FAU, Purdue, UCLA, TU Darmstadt, EPFL Lausanne, Uni Hamburg, SLAC, PSI, DESY, Tech-X)
  • Principal Investigator, SFB-953 “Synthetic Carbon Allotropes”, since 2016
  • Principal Investigator (jointly with Profs. Fennel, Kling), DFG SPP-1840 “Quantum Dynamics in Tailored Intense Fields”, since 2015
  • ERC Consolidator Grant, 2014 – 2019
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Quantum Electron Microscope Grant, jointly with MIT, Stanford and Delft), 2012 – 2017, and extension QEM-II, since 2017
  • DARPA AXiS project  (Advanced X-ray Integrated Source, with Stanford / SLAC, Prof. R. L. Byer), 2011 – 2013 (program closed)
  • Munich Center for Advanced Photonics, Member, 2008 – 2017
  • Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant of the European Union, 2008 – 2012
  • Head of a Max Planck Research group (formerly known as Independent reserach group leader of the Max Planck Society, free floater), Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, 2008 – 2013
  • Trimble Postdoctoral Fellow of the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time, 2006 – 2007
  • Feodor Lynen Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2002 – 2005

Service and leadership

  • Member, Parliament of the German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Local organiser, 82. DPG Annual Meeting and spring meeting of the AMOP section 2018 in Erlangen
  • Spokesperson of the DFG Excellence Cluster Initiative „GLEAM – Grand Initiative on Light Electron Interactions in Matter“, 2016 – 2017
  • Co-spokesperson of the FAU-wide Key Research  Priority “Optics and optical technologies”, since 2017
  • Organiser (with Profs. Götzinger und Chalopin), “Les Houches–WE-Heraeus spring workshop on ultrafast phenomena at nanostructures: attosecond physics meets plasmonics”, Les Houches, May 2016 (first jointly funded workshop of WE-Heraeus-Stiftung and Physics Center Les Houches)
  • Special topics referee, German Ministry of Research, since 2015
  • Managing director, Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, 2013 – 2015
  • Member of the board, DFG Cluster of Excellence “Munich Center for Advanced Photonics (MAP)”, 2010 – 2013
  • Scientific Coordinator, International Max Planck Research School for Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS), 2009 – 2011
  • Ombudsman of Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, 2008 – 2013

20 selected publications