Physics@Veldhoven Programme

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Plenary programme 2020

Andrea J. Liu

Andrea I. LiuAndrea I. Liu

Andrea J. Liu is the Hepburn Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research uses both mathematical analysis and computer simulations to study soft and living matter. Liu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984, and earned a Ph.D. in 1989 from Cornell University. After postdoctoral studies at Exxon and the University of California, Santa Barbara, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994, and moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

Machine learning for new physics learning
Big data methods such as machine learning and topological data analysis are finding increasing applications in physics. Machine learning is now commonly used as a classification tool for distinguishing astrophysical features from observational data, to construct triggers in high energy experiments, to identify biological components such as the edges of cells in tissues, etc. It is also used as an approximation tool for electronic structure calculations or solution of partial differential equations. However, machine learning and other big data methods can also be used to gain new conceptual understanding in physics. This is particularly valuable in many-body problems for which statistical mechanics fails to establish the connection between microscopic properties and collective behavior. In systems that are far from equilibrium, lack symmetry or in problems that involve nonlinear response, access to copious microscopic data from simulations or experiments can yield new physical insight into collective phenomena.

Rupert Huber

Rupert HuberRupert Huber

Rupert Huber studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he also earned his doctorate in 2003. After spending two years at Berkeley, USA, he returned to Germany, where he led a DFG-funded Emmy Noether independent junior research group in Konstanz. In 2010, he was appointed to a professorship at the University of Regensburg, where he works at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics.

Molecular Hollywood: the nanoworld in motion
In order to understand how matter functions, we ultimately need to watch its atomic building blocks interact on their intrinsic length and time scales. Recently, lightwave electronics has made this long-standing dream come true. The idea is to exploit the carrier wave of light as an ultrafast, contact-free bias voltage to interrogate and control the nanoworld. I will first review how lightwaves drive electrons in solids into surprising sub-cycle quantum motion. By combining this idea with the sub-angstrom spatial resolution of scanning tunnelling microscopy we can record first atom-scale slow-motion movies of individual vibrating molecules. By directly exerting femtosecond atomic forces one may even selectively choreograph a coherent structural motion of a single-molecule switch. This radically new way of accessing the world of individual atoms and molecules allows us to tailor key elementary dynamics in physics, chemistry and biology, on their intrinsic spatio-temporal scales.

Heino Falcke

Heino FalckeHeino Falcke

Heino Falcke is Professor of Astroparticle Physics and Radio Astronomy at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He studies black holes, perhaps the most mysterious objects in the universe. He is involved in theoretical astronomy as well as observational and experimental studies. Falcke is a member of the Event Horizont Telescope (EHT) Collaboration and chair of the EHT Science Council. On April 10 2019, this Spinoza laureate (2011) announced that the collaboration managed to create an image of a black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy called M87 in the Virgo galaxy cluster. 


Team Veldhoven

Team Veldhoven 2021 consists of Wieteke de Boer, Shashini Munshi, Mirjam van Ooijen, Renée Calon, Hans Peter van der Lit and Pam van Schouten.