Briegel studied physics and philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. He worked as Research Associate at the Texas A&M University and as Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and the University of Innsbruck. During that time he was also visiting scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 1997 he became Research Associate at the University of Munich and after his habilitation in 2002 (Quantum Information and Computer) he became Associate Professor (German: Privatdozent). In 2003 he was offered a Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Duesseldorf, which he declined. In the same year he accepted the post as Full Professor at the University of Innsbruck and as a Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Hans Briegel has developed fundamental concepts in the field of quantum information, quantum computing and quantum communication. In 2001, together with Robert Raussendorf, he introduced the concept of a one-way quantum computer or measurement-based quantum computer model, which presented a new paradigm for building a quantum computer. Together with his work in cluster and graph states, it led to a completely new understanding of entanglement as a resource for quantum information processing.
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