About me

I am a physicist and science writer, located in Albany, CA.

Currently, I work as a consultant for a digital publishing company, designing science content for students. What I enjoy about this job is that it allows me to use my physics skills and build upon years and years of experience teaching math and science.

Previously, I have worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Ruperto-Carola University Heidelberg (Germany) with Jan M. Pawlowski and Christof Wetterich. There, I have tried to understand the behavior of strongly interacting systems. Using analytic and numerical techniques, I have studied the phase diagram and thermodynamics of the tiniest constituents matter we know of, quarks and gluons.
Though they don't look very much alike at first glance, cold atomic systems can behave similarly to these elementary particles and can be studied by similar methods. This is the second major research area that I've been active in.
Before that, I did my PhD in Theoretical Physics at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria) in the group "Strong Interactions in Quantum Field Theory" of Reinhard Alkofer. My PhD and diploma advisor was Bernd-Jochen Schaefer.


You can email me at tschlafly(at)gmx(dot)net
or connect to me on LinkedIn.