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Welcome to the homepage of Michael Kastner. I am a Theoretical Physicist, currently employed as a Chief Researcher at the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (South Africa). On this site you can find information about my research interests, publications, and teaching activities.


News:

21 Aug 2017 New publication: P. Uhrich, S. Castrignano, H. Uys, and M. Kastner, Noninvasive measurement of dynamic correlation functions, Physical Review A 96, 022127 (2017).
07 Aug 2017 New publication: M. Karl, H. Cakir, J. C. Halimeh, M. K. Oberthaler, M. Kastner, T. Gasenzer, Universal equilibrium scaling functions at short times after a quench, Physical Review E 96, 022110 (2017).
30 Jun 2017 New preprint on the arXiv: J. R. Webster and M. Kastner, Subexponential phase space and nonconcentrating distributions in a constrained spin model, arXiv:1706.09832.
28 Jun 2017 Check out the website of an upcoming conference on Quantum Many-Body Systems Far from Equilibrium, taking place 12–16 March 2018 in Stellenbosch.
23 May 2017 New publication: L. Pucci, A. Roy, T. Santiago do Espirito Santo, R. Kaiser, M. Kastner, and R. Bachelard, Quantum effects in the cooperative scattering of light by atomic clouds, Physical Review A 95, 053625 (2017).
27 Jan 2017 New publication: M. Kastner, N-scaling of timescales in long-range N-body quantum systems, Journal of Statistical Mechanics 2017, 014003 (2017).
06 Jan 2017 New publication: J. C. Halimeh, V. Zauner-Stauber, I. P. McCulloch, I. de Vega, U. Schollwöck, and M. Kastner, Prethermalization and persistent order in the absence of a thermal phase transition, Physical Review B 95, 024302 (2017).
28 Nov 2016 NRF grant (1,000,000 Rand) awarded under the Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers, jointly with Hermann Uys, Stellenbosch University.
04 May 2016 New publication: L. Pucci, A. Roy, and M. Kastner, Simulation of quantum spin dynamics by phase space sampling of Bogoliubov-Born-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon trajectories, Physical Review B 93, 174302 (2016).
18 Dec 2015 New publication: M. Kastner, Entanglement-enhanced spreading of correlations, New Journal of Physics 17, 123024 (2015).
13 Oct 2015 New publication: M. Kastner and M. van den Worm, Relaxation timescales and prethermalization in d-dimensional long-range quantum spin models, Physica Scripta T165, 014039 (2015).
17 Jun 2015 New publication: D.-M. Storch, M. van den Worm, and M. Kastner, Interplay of soundcone and supersonic propagation in lattice models with power law interactions, New Journal of Physics 17, 063021 (2015).
10 Feb 2015 SU/FAPESP collaboration grant awarded (100,000 Rand), jointly with Romain Bachelard, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
17 Dec 2014 New publication: K. R. A. Hazzard, M. van den Worm, M. Foss-Feig, S. R. Manmana, E. G. Dalla Torre, T. Pfau, M. Kastner, and A. M. Rey, Quantum correlations and entanglement in far-from-equilibrium spin systems, Physical Review A 90, 063622 (2014).
20 Aug 2014 New publication: G. Olivier and M. Kastner, Microcanonical analysis of the Curie-Weiss anisotropic quantum Heisenberg model in a magnetic field, Journal of Statistical Physics 157, 456–473 (2014).
12 Jun 2014 New publication: D. Mehta, C. Hughes, M. Kastner, and D. J. Wales, Potential energy landscape of the two-dimensional XY model: Higher-index stationary points, Journal of Chemical Physics 140, 224503 (2014).
28 May 2014 New publication: D. Métivier, R. Bachelard, and M. Kastner, Spreading of perturbations in long-range interacting classical lattice models, Physical Review Letters 112, 210601 (2014).
07 Mar 2014 1,220,000 Rand awarded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for a project on “A Long-Range Interacting Ion Trap-Based Quantum Simulator” (jointly with Hermann Uys from the CSIR Pretoria).
10 Jan 2014 Joined the COST action MP1209 on “Quantum Thermodynamics”.
28 Dec 2013 New publication: J. Eisert, M. van den Worm, S. R. Manmana, and M. Kastner, Breakdown of quasilocality in long-range quantum lattice models, Physical Review Letters 111, 260401 (2013).
06 Aug 2013 New publication: M. van den Worm, B. C. Sawyer, J. J. Bollinger, and M. Kastner, Relaxation timescales and decay of correlations in a long-range interacting quantum simulator, New Journal of Physics 15, 083007 (2013).
30 May 2013 New publication: D. Mehta, D. A. Stariolo, and M. Kastner, Energy landscape of the finite-size spherical three-spin glass model, Physical Review E 87, 052143 (2013).
29 Apr 2013 New publication: R. Bachelard and M. Kastner, Universal threshold for the dynamical behavior of lattice systems with long-range interactions, Physical Review Letters 110, 170603 (2013).
20 Mar 2013 New publication: R. Nerattini, M. Kastner, D. Mehta, and L. Casetti, Exploring the energy landscape of XY models, Physical Review E 87, 032140 (2013).
29 Oct 2012 This website is now hosted at http://www.physics.sun.ac.za/~kastner/.
20 Jun 2012 New publication: M. Kastner, Long-time asymptotics of the long-range Emch-Radin model, Central European Journal of Physics 10, 637–644 (2012).
04 Jun 2012 New publication: D. Mehta, J. D. Hauenstein, and M. Kastner, Energy landscape analysis of the two-dimensional nearest-neighbor φ4 model, Physical Review E 85, 061103 (2012).
19 Apr 2012 New publication: P. Reimann and M. Kastner, Equilibration of isolated macroscopic quantum systems, New Journal of Physics 14, 043020 (2012).
06 Feb 2012 New publication: R. Paškauskas and M. Kastner, Equilibration in long-range quantum spin systems from a BBGKY perspective, Journal of Statistical Mechanics 2012, P02005 (2012).
22 Dec 2011 New website is online!



Prof. Dr. Michael Kastner,
National Institute for Theoretical Physics,
South Africa.