Associate Professor

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Heriot-Watt University
Michael Hartmann

Dr. Hartmann’s research explores the theory of quantum optical, quantum electronic and nanomechanical systems. He develops strategies for controlling and engineering the dynamics of these quantum systems which are very well amenable to experimental implementations. His work aims at laying the foundations for applications of these quantum devices in future technology.

Selected publications

1) L. Neumeier, M. Leib, and M. J. Hartmann, Single Photon Transistor in Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics. Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 063601 (2013).  

2) J. Jin, D. Rossini, R. Fazio, M. Leib, and M. J. Hartmann, Photon solid phases in driven arrays of non-linearly coupled cavities, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 163605 (2013).  

3) S. Rips, and M. J. Hartmann, Quantum Information Processing with Nanomechanical Qubits. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 120503 (2013).  

4) A. Ridolfo, M. Leib, S. Savasta and M. J. Hartmann, Photon Blockade in the Ultrastrong Coupling Regime. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 193602 (2012).  

5) M.J. Hartmann, Polariton crystallization in driven arrays of lossy nonlinear resonators. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 113601 (2010).  

6) M.J. Hartmann, F.G.S.L. Brandão and M.B. Plenio, Strongly Interacting Polaritons in Coupled Arrays of Cavities, Nature Physics 2, 849-855 (2006).  

7) M. Hartmann, G. Mahler and O.Hess, Existence of Temperature on the Nanoscale, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 080402 (2004)


Dr. Hartmann studied physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and received his PhD from University of Stuttgart in 2005. After working three years as a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Imperial College London he was awarded an Emmy Noether fellowship of the German Research Foundation to build up his own research group at Technical University Munich in 2008. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 2013 as a Reader.