Markus Greiner

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Markus Greiner
Born (1973-08-20) August 20, 1973 (age 43)
Hannover, Germany
Residence United States
Nationality German
Fields Physics
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Ludwig-Maximilians University
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Doctoral advisor Theodor Hänsch
Other academic advisors Deborah S. Jin (postdoc)
Known for optical lattices, Mott insulator
Notable awards Otto-Klung-Weberbank-Preis (2005)
William L. McMillan Award (2005)
MacArthur Fellow (2011)
I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics (2013)

Markus Greiner is a German physicist and Professor of Physics at Harvard University.

Greiner studied under the Nobel Laureate Theodor Hänsch at the Ludwig-Maximilians University and at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, where he received his diploma and PhD in physics for experimental work in Bose-Einstein condensates. He was involved in the first realization of the a quantum phase transition from a superfluid to Mott insulator in a Bose gas.[1]

He then moved to the United States and conducted postdoctoral research at JILA under Deborah Jin, working on the creation of a fermionic condensate of ultracold atoms. Since 2005 Greiner has been a professor at Harvard University, continuing research on BECs and ultracold Fermi gases.

He was recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in AMO award of the American Physical Society in 2004[2] and the William L. McMillan award in 2005 for outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics.[3] In 2011, he was named a MacArthur Fellow.[4] He was awarded the I.I. Rabi Prize in AMO by the APS in 2013.[5]


  1. ^ Greiner, Markus; Mandel, Olaf; Esslinger, Tilman; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Bloch, Immanuel (January 2002). "Quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a Mott insulator in a gas of ultracold atoms". Nature. 415 (6867): 39–44. doi:10.1038/415039a. PMID 11780110. 
  2. ^ "Prize Recipient". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Winners of the McMillan Award | Department of Physics at the U of I". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program: Meet the 2011 Fellows". September 20, 2011. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Prize Recipient". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 

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