AG — Prof. Heiko Rieger — Statistical Physics

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Short CV

  • 1987 Diploma in Physics at the University of Köln (Cologne)
  • 1989 Dr. rer. nat. in Köln in Theoretical Physics
  • 1990-92 Post-Doc in College Park (Maryland), Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz (California)
  • 1995 Habilitation and venia legendi in Theoretical Physics, Köln
  • 1995-1999 Heisenberg fellow at Research Center Jülich and Privatdozent in Köln
  • Since 1999 Full Professor for Theoretical Physics at the Saarland University

  • 2003 Visiting Professor at Tokio Metropolitan University 2003
  • 2006 Visiting Professor at LPS - École Normale Supérieur (Paris)
  • 2009 Visiting Professor at LPT - Université Paris Sud
  • 2014 Visiting Professor at LPS - École Normale Supérieur (Paris)
  • 2016: Dr. honoris causa, University of Szeged, Hungary (press release)

  • Since 2013 Speaker of the SFB 1027 "Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems"( press release, news article)
  • Since 2004 Editor of J. Stat. Mech.
  • 2008 Elected Outstandig Referee of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2008 (inauguration year)
  • Since 2015 Co-editor of Europhysics letters
  • Since 2016 Executive Editor of European Physical Journal B
  • 2017 Acting Editor in Chief for European Physical Journal B

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Selected Publications

  • 100+ more than 100 citations (according to Google Scholars)

Disordered Systems (classical & quantum mechanical)

150+ H. Rieger:

Nonequilibrium dynamics and aging in a three dimensional Ising spin glass model,

J. Phys.A 26, L615, (1993).

100+ H. Rieger and A. P. Young:

Critical exponents of the three-dimensional random field Ising model,

J. Phys. A 26, 5279, (1993).

150+ H. Rieger and A. P. Young:

Zero temperature quantum phase transition of a two-dimensional Ising spin glass,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 4141 (1994).

120+ H. Rieger:

Critical behavior of the 3d random-field Ising model: Two-exponent scaling and discontinuous transition,

Phys. Rev. B 52, 6659 (1995).

100+ S. Franz and H. Rieger:

Fluctuation dissipation ratio in three-dimensional spin glasses,

J. Stat. Phys. 79, 749 (1995).

100+ A. P. Young and H. Rieger:

A numerical study of the random transverse-field Ising spin chain,

Phys. Rev. B 53, 8486 (1996).

100+ H. Rieger and A. P. Young:

Griffiths singularities in the disordered phase of a quantum Ising spin glass,

Phys. Rev. B 54, 3328 (1996).

100+ H. Rieger, L. Santen, U. Blasum, M. Diehl, M.Jünger and G. Rinaldi:

The critical exponents of the two-dimensional Ising spin glass revised,

J. Phys. A 29, 3939 (1996).

180+ J. Kisker, L. Santen, M. Schreckenberg and H. Rieger:

Off-equilibrium dynamics in finite-dimensional spin glass models,

Phys. Rev. B 53, 6418 (1996).

90+N. Kawashima and H. Rieger:

Finite size scaling analysis of exact ground states for ±J spin glass models in 2d,

Europhys. Lett. 39, 85 (1997).

100+C. Pich, A. P. Young, H. Rieger and N. Kawashima:

Critical behavior and Griffiths-McCoy singularities in the two-dimensional random quantum Ising ferromagnet,

Rev. Lett. 81, 5916 (1998).

100+ F. Iglói and H. Rieger:

The random transverse Ising chain and random walks,

Phys. Rev. B 57, 11404 (1998).

100+ H. Rieger and N. Kawashima:

Application of a continuous time cluster algorithms to the two-dimensional random transverse Ising ferromagnet,

Europ.Phys. J. B 9,233 (1999).

50+ R. Mélin, Y.-C. Lin, P. Lájkó, H. Rieger and F. Iglói:

Strongly disordered spin ladders,

Phys. Rev. B 65, 104415 (2002).

60+ R. Paul, S. Puri, and H. Rieger:

Domain Growth in Random Magnets,

Europhys. Lett. 68, 881 (2004).

50+ Y.-C. Lin, R. Mélin, H. Rieger and F. Iglói:

Low-energy fixed points of random Heisenberg model,

Phys. Rev. B 68, 024424 (2003).

50+ Y.-C. Lin, F. Iglói, and H. Rieger:

Entanglement entropy at infinite randomness fixed points in higher dimensions,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 147202 (2007).

Bose-Hubbard model

100+ J. Kisker and H. Rieger:

Bose-glass and Mott-insulator phase in the disordered boson Hubbard model,,

Phys. Rev. B 55,11981R (1997).

A. E. Niederle and H. Rieger:

Superfluid clusters, percolation and phase transitions in the disordered, two dimensional Bose-Hubbard model ,

New J. Physics 15 ,075029 (2013).

H. Habibian, A. Winter, S. Paganelli, H. Rieger and G. Morigi:

Bose-Glass Phases of Ultracold Atoms due to Cavity Backaction ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 ,075304 (2013).

Quantum relaxation

100+ F. Iglói and H. Rieger:

Long range correlations in the non-equilibrium quantum relaxation of a spin chain ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 86 , 3233 (2000).

80+ F. Iglói and H. Rieger:

Quantum relaxation after a quench in systems with boundaries ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 , 035701 (2011).

60+ H. Rieger and F. Iglói:

Semi-classical theory for quantum quenches in finite transverse Ising chains ,

Phys. Rev. B 84 , 165117 (2011).

Spin-Boson Model

90+ A. Winter, H. Rieger, M. Vojta, and R. Bulla:

The quantum phase transition in the sub-ohmic spin-boson model: Quantum Monte-Carlo study with a continuous imaginary time cluster algorithm ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 , 030601 (2009).

A. Winter and H. Rieger

Quantum phase transition and correlations in the multi-spin-boson model ,

Phys. Rev. B 90 , 224401 (2014).


30+ S. Grüner, Z. Sadjadi, H. Hermes, S. U. Egelhaaf, K. Knorr, A. V. Kityk, H. Rieger, and P. Huber:

Anomalous front broadening during spontaneous imbibition in a porous matrix with elongated pores ,

Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109 ,10245 (2012).

Z. Sadjadi and H. Rieger:

Scaling Theory for Spontaneous Imbibition in Random Networks of Elongated Pores ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 , 144502 (2013).

Z. Sadjadi, M. Jung, R. Seemann and H. Rieger

Meniscus Arrest during Capillary Rise in Asymmetric Microfluidic Pore Junctions ,

Langmuir 31 , 2600 (2015).

Stochastic Processes

700+ J. D. Noh and H. Rieger:

Random walks on complex networks ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 , 118701 (2004).

50+ F. Iglói, L. Turban and H. Rieger:

Anomalous Diffusion in Aperiodic Environments ,

Phys. Rev. E 59 , 1465 (1999).

M. R. Shaebani, Z. Sadjadi, I. M. Sokolov, H. Rieger and L. Santen

Anomalous Diffusion of Self-Propelled Particles in Directed Random Environments ,

Phys. Rev. E 90 , 030701(R) (2014).

K. Schwarz, Y. Schröder, B. Qu, M. Hoth and H. Rieger

Optimality of spatially inhomogeneous search strategies ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 , 068101 (2016).

Neural networks

60+ H. Rieger:

Storing an extensive number of grey-toned patterns in neural networks using multi-state neurons, ,

J. Phys. A 23 , L1273 (1990).

Physics of cancer

100+ K. Bartha and H. Rieger:

Vascular network remodeling via vessel cooption, regression and growth in tumors ,

J. Theor. Biol. 241 , 903 (2006).

100+ D.S. Lee, H. Rieger, and K. Bartha:

Flow correlated percolation during vascular remodelling in growing tumors ,

Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 , 058104 (2006).

60+ M. Welter, K. Bartha, and H. Rieger:

Emergent vascular network inhomogeneities and resulting blood flow patterns in a growing tumor ,

J. Theor. Biol. 250 , 257 (2008).

50+ M. Welter, K. Bartha, and H. Rieger:

Vascular remodelling of an arterio-venous blood vessel network during solid tumor growth ,

J. Theor. Biol. 259 , 405 (2009).

50+ M. Welter and H. Rieger:

Physical determinants of vascular network remodeling during tumor growth ,

Europ. Phys. J. E 33 , 149 (2010)

40+ M. Welter and H. Rieger

Interstitial fluid flow and drug delivery in vascularized tumors: A computational model ,

PLOS ONE 8 , e70395 (2013).

Biophysics of T-Cells

40+ C. Kummerow, C. Junker, K. Kruse, H. Rieger, A. Quintana, and M. Hoth:

The immunological synapse controls local and global calcium signals in T lymphocytes ,

Immunol. Rev. 231 , 1 (2009).

90+ A. Quintana, M. Pasche, C. Junker, A. Al-Ansary, H. Rieger, C. Kummerow, L. Nunez, C. Villalobos, P. Meraner, U. Becherer, J. Rettig, B. A. Niemeyer, and M. Hoth:

Calcium microdomains at the immunological synapse: how ORAI channels, mitochondria and calcium pumps generate local calcium signals for efficient T-cell activation ,

EMBO J. 30 , 3895 (2011).

30+ B. Qu, V. Pattu, C. Junker, E. C. Schwarz, S. S. Bhat, C. Kummerow, M. Marshall, U. Matti, F. Neumann, M. Pfreundschuh, U. Becherer, H. Rieger, J. Rettig, and M. Hoth:

Docking of lytic granules at the Immunological synapse in Human CTL requires Vti1b-dependent pairing with CD3 endosomes ,

J. Immun 186 , 6894 (2011).

T. Kilch, D. Alansary, M. Peglow, K. Doerr, G. Rychkov, H. Rieger, C. Peinelt and B. A. Niemeyer

Mutations of the Ca2+-sensing Stromal Interaction Molecule STIM1 regulate Ca2+ influx by altered oligomerization of STIM1 and by destabilization of the Ca2+ channel Orai1 ,

J. Biol. Chem. 288 , 1653 (2013).

S. Saul, Ch. S. Gibhardt, B. Schmidt, A. Lis, B. Pasieka, D. Conrad, P. Jung, R. Gaupp, B. Wonnenberg, E. Diler, H. Stanisz, T. Vogt, E. C. Schwarz, M. Bischoff, M. Herrmann, T. Tschernig, R. Kappl, H.Rieger, B. A. Niemeyer and I. Bogeski:

A calcium-redox feedback loop controls human monocyte immune responses: The role of ORAI Ca2+ channels ,

Science Signaling 9 , ra26 (2016)

D. Alansary, B. Schmidt, K. Dörr, I. Bogeski, H. Rieger, A. Kless and B. Niemeyer:

Thiol dependent intramolecular locking of Orai1 channels ,

Scientific Reports 6 , 33347 (2016).

I. Maccari, R. Zhao, M. Peglow, K. Schwarz, I. Hornak, M. Pasche, A. Quintana, M. Hoth, B. Qu and H. Rieger:

Cytoskeleton rotation relocates mitochondria to the immunological synapse and increases calcium signals ,

Cell Calcium 60 , 309 (2016).

A. E. Hafner, L. Santen, H. Rieger and M. R. Shaebani:

Run-and-tumble dynamics of cytoskeletal motor proteins ,

Scientific Reports , in press (2016).

A. E. Hafner and H. Rieger:

Spatial organization of the cytoskeleton enhances cargo delivery to specific target areas on the plasma membrane of spherical cells ,

Physical Biology, 13 , 066003 (2016).


290+ A. Hartmann and H. Rieger:

Optimization Algorithms in Physics ,

(Wiley VCH, Berlin, 2002)

+100 A. Hartmann and H. Rieger:

New Optimization Algorithms in Physics ,

(Wiley VCH, Berlin, 2004)

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