Error: do not find picture Dr. Thore Posske
I. Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Hamburg
Jungiusstrasse 9
20355 Hamburg, Germany

room: 125, Jungiusstrasse 9
phone: +49 40 42838 4997 (office)
email: tposske at
Thore Posske at Twitter, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, and Arxiv.

Research Interests

My research is about mesoscopic quantum structures in solid state physics. I am particulary interested in the application of topology and differential geometry, describing the behavior of spin chains, anyons, and Majorana fermions in the realm of topological quantum computing. I also work on the Kondo effect with special focus on the Kondo cloud as well as the influence of magnetic and superconducting materials on the edge states of topological insulators and hybrid systems consisting of trivial and a topological states of matter.

Short CV

2020 - now Young Investigator Group Leader at the excellence cluster CUI:AIM at Universität Hamburg. DFG position "Eigene Stelle" for first three years.
2019 Parental leave
2017-2020 Postdoc at Universität Hamburg with Prof. Michael Thorwart and Prof. Dr. Dr. Prof. Roland Wiesendanger on the ERC Advanced grant ASTONISH and the excellence cluster AIM
2017 Parental leave
2015-2017 Postdoc at Universität Hamburg with Prof. Michael Thorwart
2015 PhD in physics at Universität Würzburg (Germany) with Prof. Björn Trauzettel
2014 Research stay at Weizmann institute of Science, Rehovot (Israel) with Profs. Ady Stern and Yuval Oreg
2012 Master of Science at Universität Würzburg (Germany) with Prof. Björn Trauzettel
2011 Research stay at University of Bristol (UK) with Prof. Thilo Gross
2010 Bachelor of Science at Universität Würzburg (Germany) with Prof. Faakher Assaad

Selected Publications

Please see Google Scholar and for a complete list

Invited talks

2018 International conference on emerging quantum technology at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China. Watch the Video
2018 Talks at Anyon physics of ultracold atomic gases at the TU Kaiserslautern. Including the opening talk.
2016 What is topological matter? invited talk at the seminar of the faculty for mathematical physics at the University of Hamburg
2014 Invited talk at the solid states physics seminar of the Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Awards and funding

2018 Funding for a full position for three years by the DFG (German Research Foundation, Eigene Stelle)
2017 Award of the Unterfränkische Gedenktagsstiftung for an excellent PhD thesis
2016 Teaching award of the physics deparment of the University of Hamburg for the best special lexture in the summer term 2016 Topology in Condensed Matter Physics
2016 Third place in Verständliche Wissenschaft of the Helmholtz-Center Geesthacht for explaining topological phases to a public audience
2016 Conrad-Wilhelm-Röntgen-Award of the University of Würzburg for an excellent PhD thesis
2012 Conrad-Wilhelm-Röntgen-Award of the University of Würzburg for an excellent Master thesis
2009-2012 Full scholarship of the Max Weber Program, Bavaria, foundation organized by the German National Academic Foundation

Public Science

I am actively promoting the interaction between non-scientists and scientists. If you have an audience that is interested in science or wants to become interested do not hesitate to contact me. Also, if you are a journalist seeking advice on a topic within my experise you may contact me.

2017 Girls and boys day, Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium Geesthacht. Lighting the interest of pupils in natural sciences
2017 Participant at KlarText of the Klaus-Tschira-Foundation. Workshop on writing and communication of science
2016 Third prize at the competition Verständliche Wissenschaft (understandable science) of the Helmholtz-Center Geesthacht, where I explained topological matter to the general public
2014Winner of the first physics science slam of the University of Würzburg