Thomas Barthel


Charles H. Townes Assistant Professor of Physics

Theoretical and Numerical Quantum Many-Body Physics

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Townes Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochshule Aachen (Germany), 2009

Research Interests

• Strongly correlated quantum many-particle systems
• Nonequilibrium phenomena, open quantum systems, and transport
• Information theoretic aspects like entanglement
• Integrable models
• Tensor network state methods (DMRG, MPS, MERA, PEPS)
• Quantum computation and simulation for the investigation of quantum matter
• Ultracold atoms in optical lattices
• Stochastic dynamics in networks

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 465: Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYSICS 765: Graduate Advanced Physics
  • PHYSICS 771: Mini-Course on Current Research in Physics

Representative Publications

  • Barthel, T; Lu, J, Fundamental Limitations for Measurements in Quantum Many-Body Systems., Physical Review Letters, vol 121 no. 8 (2018) [10.1103/physrevlett.121.080406] [abs].
  • Barthel, T; De Bacco, C; Franz, S, Matrix product algorithm for stochastic dynamics on networks applied to nonequilibrium Glauber dynamics., Physical Review. E, vol 97 no. 1-1 (2018) [10.1103/physreve.97.010104] [abs].
  • Schlittler, T; Barthel, T; Misguich, G; Vidal, J; Mosseri, R, Phase Diagram of an Extended Quantum Dimer Model on the Hexagonal Lattice., Physical Review Letters, vol 115 no. 21 (2015) [10.1103/physrevlett.115.217202] [abs].
  • Cai, Z; Barthel, T, Algebraic versus Exponential Decoherence in Dissipative Many-Particle Systems., Physical Review Letters, vol 111 no. 15 (2013) [10.1103/physrevlett.111.150403] [abs].
  • Lake, B; Tennant, DA; Caux, J-S; Barthel, T; Schollwöck, U; Nagler, SE; Frost, CD, Multispinon continua at zero and finite temperature in a near-ideal Heisenberg chain., Physical Review Letters, vol 111 no. 13 (2013) [10.1103/physrevlett.111.137205] [abs].