Prof. Dr. Christoph Thiele

Hausdorff Chair

E-mail: thiele(at)
Phone: +49 228 73 62254
Room: 3.010
Location: Mathematics Center
Institute: Mathematical Institute
Research Area: Research Area A
Mathscinet-Number: 336659

Academic Career


PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

1995 - 1998

Assistant Professor, CAU Kiel

1998 - 2000

Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Habilitation, Kiel

2000 - 2002

Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2003 - 2005

Graduate Vice Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2006 - 2009

Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2010 - 2011

Visiting Professor, University of Bonn, Germany

Since 2012

Hausdorff Chair (W3), Bonn

Contribution to Research Areas

Research Area A
Analysis means understanding objects as built up from elementary building blocks. In Harmonic Analysis, these building blocks are elementary wave forms. Most of my work is on scaling critical problems in harmonic analysis, where blocks at all possible length scales are present and equally strong. In time frequency analysis, waves at all frequencies are of equal strength as well. My research in time frequency analysis has applications in abstract questions in harmonic analysis as well as in the related areas of differential equations, scattering theory, and ergodic theory, and - since harmonic analysis is very foundational science - more vague connections to a host of other areas in mathematics.

Publication List


• Illinois Journal of Mathematics (Editor, since 2003)
• Mathematical Research Letters (Editor, 2004 - 2006)
• Collectanea Mathematica (Editor, since 2006)



Participant of the International Physics Olympiad, Jena, GDR


Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik, Germany, 1. Prize

1989 - 1993

Scholarship of the German National Scholarship Foundation


Salem Prize


Faculty/Staff Partnership Award 2005


Humboldt Research Award 2010

Selected Invited Lectures


Invited speaker, ICM, Beijing, China


Invited speaker, AMS Western Sectional Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, USA


CBMS Conference series, main lecturer, May 2004, Atlanta, GA, USA

Selected PhD students

Stephanie Molnar (2005): “Sharp Growth Estimates for T(b) Theorems”,
now Assistant Professor, University of Portland, OR, USA

Silvius Klein (2005): “Spectral Theory for Discrete One-Dimensional Quasi-Periodic Schrödinger Operators”,
now Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Ya-Ju Tsai (2005): “SU(2) Non-linear Fourier Transform”,
now Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University

Victor Lie (2009): “Relational Time-frequency Analysis”,
now Assistant Professor, Purdue University, IN, USA

Zubin Gautam (2009): “Two Geometric Obstruction Results in Harmonic Analysis”

Yen Do (2010): “A nonlinear stationary phase method for oscillatory Riemann-Hilbert problems”,
now Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, VA, USA

Vjekoslav Kovac (2011): “Applications of the Bellman Function Technique in Multilinear and Nonlinear Harmonic Analysis”,
now Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Supervised Theses

  • PhD theses: 7
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