Prof. Dr. Holger Gies

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Main research areas

Our focus is on systems of elementary-particle or many-body physics where relevant macroscopic properties are governed by microscopic fluctuations. Our goal is to determine experimentally accessible phenomena of Nature from first fundamental principles and to make quantitative predictions for properties that have remained unobserved so far. Specific research areas are:

  • strongly correlated quantum field theories of high-energy or many-body physics
  • quantum electrodynamics (QED) in strong fields
  • quantum field theories at the interface to gravity

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1996 diploma, Tübingen University
  • 1999 PhD, Tübingen University
  • 1999 – 2000 research assistant, Tübingen University
  • 2001 – 2003 Emmy-Noether Fellow, CERN, Geneva
  • 2003 – 2008 Emmy-Noether junior research group leader, Heidelberg University
  • 2005 Habilitation, Heidelberg University
  • 2008 – 2014 Heisenberg Professorship for Quantum Field Theory, FSU Jena
  • since 2009 Founding member of the Helmholtz Institute Jena
  • since 2012 Professorship for Quantum Theory, FSU Jena
  • since 2019 Speaker of the  DFG-Forschungsgruppe "Probing the Quantum Vacuum" and Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group "Dynamics and Criticality of Quantum and Gravitational Systems"


Holger Gies, Univ.-Prof. Dr
H. Gies
Abbeanum, Room 302
Fröbelstieg 1
07743 Jena
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Book: Probing the Quantum Vacuum
This book is devoted to an investigation of the vacuum of quantum electrodynamics (QED), relying on the perturbative effective action approach....