Professor of Theoretical Physics
PhD 1977, University of Innsbruck
Peter Zoller has written major works on the interaction of laser light and atoms. In addition to fundamental developments in quantum optics he has made major contributions in the field quantum information. The model of a quantum computer, suggested by him and Ignacio Cirac in 1995, is based on the interaction of lasers with cold ions confined in an electromagnetic trap. The principles of this idea have been implemented in experiments over recent years and it is considered one of the most promising concepts for the development of a scalable quantum computer. Zoller and his researcher colleagues have also managed to link quantum physics with solid state physics. One of his suggestions has been to build a quantum simulator with cold atoms.