Prof. Dr. Dieter Vollhardt



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Curriculum Vitae

Dieter Vollhardt studied physics at the University of Hamburg during 1971-1976. From 1976 to 1979 he worked with Professor Kazumi Maki at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on the theory of critical currents in superfluid Helium 3. This was also the topic of his Diploma Thesis (1977) and his Doctoral Thesis (1979) at the University of Hamburg. From 1979 to 1984 Dieter Vollhardt was Research Associate of Professor Peter Wölfle, and from 1984 to 1987 a Heisenberg-Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (Heisenberg-Institute) in Munich. During this time he also stayed at various research institutions in the U.S., including the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, and Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. In 1984 he completed his Habilitation at the Technical University of Munich. In 1987 Dieter Vollhardt was appointed to the Chair in Theoretical Physics C, and became Director at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, at the RWTH Aachen University. From 1996 until 2018 he held the Chair in Theoretical Physics on Electronic Correlations and Magnetism at the Institute of Physics of the University of Augsburg.

Dieter Vollhardt's main areas of research are the theory of electronic correlations and magnetism, e.g., the realistic modelling of strongly correlated materials (see Physics Today, March 2004, and Einstein Lecture, 2012), disordered electronic systems, and normal and superfluid Helium 3. Together with P. Wölfle, Karlsruhe, he is the author of the book The Superfluid Phases of Helium 3 (Dover Publications, 2013: Corrected, unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Taylor & Francis, 1990; with a new preface, 656 pages; Chapter 1 (Introduction)). He was spokesman of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 484 on Cooperative Phenomena in Solids: Metal-Insulator Transitions and Ordering of Microscopic Degrees of Freedom, which was funded by the DFG from 2000 to 2009, and of the DFG Research Unit FOR1346 Dynamical Mean-Field Approach with Predictive Power for Strongly Correlated Materials, which concluded its scientific work in August 2017.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday the International Workshop on Electronic Correlations in Models and Materials took place in Augsburg in September 2011.