Hannes Thiel

Algebra for quantum mechanics

"Science is driven by the desire to classify interesting things and compile lists that are as complete as possible of objects and their characteristics. A good example of this is the periodic table, which lists the 118 known chemical elements. My research focuses on the classification of mathematical objects from quantum mechanics, the so-called C*-algebras. In contrast to traditional mechanics, the order of two measurements matters in quantum mechanics: the results differ depending on whether the position is measured first and then the speed or the other way round. This is modelled mathematically by the concept of noncommutativity. Unlike in the traditional number range, where the rule xy = yx applies to multiplication, the products xy and yx can be different in C*-algebra."

Hannes Thiel
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Hannes Thiel

Hannes Thiel, 39 years old, born in Potsdam. Since November 2021: Professor of Analysis at Kiel University. Previously research associate at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). 2012: Doctoral degree at the University of Copenhagen, 2018: Habilitation at the University of Münster.