ERC Starting grants for Wouter Waalewijn and Philippe Corboz

20 November 2015

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious Starting Grant to Wouter Waalewijn and Philippe Corboz of the UvA's Institute of Physics.

A Starting Grant is a personal grant of about 1.5 million euros and provides research support to talented researchers for a period of five years. Wouter Waalewijn is a theoretical particle physicist; Philippe Corboz is a theoretical condensed matter physicist. Both work at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam.

Philippe Corboz (IoP)

Dr. Philippe Corboz

Dr Philippe Corboz (Institute of Physics, IoP) 

Accurate Simulations of Strongly Correlated Systems with Tensor Network Methods.

One of the key challenges in condensed matter physics is to understand the remarkable phenomena emerging in systems of strongly interacting electrons. Examples include high-temperature superconductivity, which is still one of the biggest unsolved problems, or exotic states of matter with topological order (quantum spin liquids).

Philippe Corboz will develop and apply novel computational tools based on ideas from quantum information theory, so-called tensor network methods, to shed new light on the physics of these systems. More particularly, he will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of the phases in high-temperature superconductors and in materials with ‘frustrated’ interactions.


Dr. Wouter Waalewijn

Dr Wouter Waalewijn (Institute of Physics, IoP, Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics) 

MULTISCALE: Precision Multi-Scale Predictions for the LHC: Higgs, Jets and Supersymmetry.

Waalewijn’s goal is to improve the theoretical description of collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). To find a faint new physics signal, precise descriptions as well as sophisticated experimental techniques are needed. Waalewijn will develop a theoretical method that reconciles these competing demands by including the relevant physical sub-processes that take place at various length scales. The LHC was instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. One of the central goals now is to measure the Higgs properties more precisely, as this could be the key to unlocking new physics. Waalewijn will investigate the combined effect of experimental techniques on theoretical predictions, which should lead to a more precise and more detailed description of the collision than is currently possible. He recently demonstrated its feasibility with a prototype.

Published by  IOP