Sebastian Deffner

Sebastian Deffner
Contact Information
Physics, Rm 311


Associate Professor
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee


Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Science) — University of Augsburg, Germany, 2011
Dipl.-Phys. (Master of Science, Physics) — University of Augsburg, Germany 2008

Previous Experience

I was previously a Research Associate in the group of Christopher Jarzynski at the University of Maryland, College Park (2011-2014), and a Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellow with Wojciech H. Zurek at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2014-2016).

Professional Interests

My research concerns all topics of Quantum Thermodynamics. As a theoretical physicist, I employ tools from Statistical Physics, Open Quantum Dynamics, Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Optics, Condensed Matter Theory and Optimal Control Theory to investigate the nonequilibrium properties of nanosystems operating far from thermal equilibrium.

Selected Publications

A complete list of publications can be found at