Peter Schauss

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
JBL 134
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PostDoc, Princeton, 2015-2018
Ph.D. AMO Physics, LMU Munich, 2015
B.S. Computer Science, TU Darmstadt, 2010
M.S. Physics, TU Darmstadt, 2009
B.S. Physics, TU Darmstadt, 2007

Using the recently developed techniques of quantum gas microscopy,
Peter Schauss is working on quantum simulation of bosonic and fermionic quantum many-body systems with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. The single-site and single-atom resolved imaging of these systems enables a new view on strongly correlated condensed-matter-like systems with full tunability of all relevant parameters of the Hamiltonian, reaching into regimes where exact calculations on classical computers become inaccessible. During his graduate studies, Schauss pioneered the quantum gas microscopy of long-range interacting Rydberg atoms in optical lattices. He was also involved in a series of pathbreaking experiments on the Bose-Hubbard model.As postdoctoral scholar in Princeton, he worked on several high-impact studies of microscopic Hubbard model physics with ultracold fermions, with the latest results focusing on transport.Schauss obtained his bachelor’s in physics and computer science and master’s at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from LMU Munich working at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Before joining UVA he was a postdoctoral research scholar on a Dicke Fellowship at Princeton University (2015-2018).

AS-PHYS CAREER: Quantum gas microscopy of frustrated Hubbard systems
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
July 15, 2021 – June 30, 2026
AS-PHYS Computational and Experimental Study of Repulsive Pairing as a Precursor to Superfluidity in Triangular Lattice Hubbard Systems
Source: Jeffress Memorial Trust
June 30, 2021 – June 29, 2022
PHYS 2415: Introductory Physics 2 for Engineers
Credits: 3
Second semester of introductory physics sequence recommended for engineers and other scientists. Topics include electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics. Emphasis is on development of skills for practical applications. Three lecture hours. Prerequisites: PHYS 1420 or PHYS 1425; co-requisite: MATH 2310; or instructor permission.
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 5110: Special Topics in Classical and Modern Physics
Credits: 1
Lectures on topics of current interest in physics research and pedagogy. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 5310: Optics
Credits: 3
Includes reflection and refraction at interfaces, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, diffraction, Gaussian optics, and polarization. Prerequisite: PHYS 2320, 2415, 2610, or an equivalent college-level electromagnetism course; knowledge of vector calculus and previous exposure to Maxwell's equations.
PHYS 5320: Fundamentals of Photonics
Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the physics that underlies technologies such as lasers, optical time/frequency standards, laser gyros, and optical telecommunication. Covers the basic physics of lasers and laser beams, nonlinear optics, optical fibers, modulators and optical signal processing, detectors and measurements systems, and optical networks. Prerequisite: PHYS 5310 or instructor permission.
PHYS 8220: Fundamentals of Photonics
Credits: 3
Studies nonlinear optical phenomena; the laser, sum, and difference frequency generation, optical parametric oscillation, and modulation techniques. Prerequisite: PHYS 5310 and exposure to quantum mechanics.
PHYS 8420: Atomic Physics
Credits: 3
Studies the principles and techniques of atomic physics with application to selected topics, including laser and microwave spectroscopy, photoionization, autoionization, effects of external fields, and laser cooling. Prerequisite: PHYS 7620 or instructor permission.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Blavatnik Family Foundation 2018 Regional Award Finalist

Dicke Fellowship at Princeton University