Prof. Dr. Hans De Raedt

In 1976, Hans De Raedt received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) for work on magnetism in one dimension. Since 1990 he is Professor of Computational Physics at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen (Netherlands). After contributing to the early development of quantum Monte Carlo methods, his interest shifted towards the simulation of physical phenomena in the time domain, including computational electrodynamics, the simulation of physical models for quantum computers, the dynamic properties of nanoscale magnets and time-dependent quantum phenomena in general.


Recent publications:

With K. Michielsen: "Event-based simulation of quantum physics experiments". In: Int. J. Mod. Physics, 25 (8), 2014; With M.I. Katsnelson and K. Michielsen: "Quantum theory as the most robust description of reproducible experiments". In: Ann. Phys. (347), 2014, pp. 45–73.


Simulation of quantum phenomena

Currently he focusses on foundational issues, in particular on the development of discrete-event simulation of quantum phenomena and on establishing a bridge between objective knowledge gathered through simulation or experiment and their description in terms of concepts.

Forschungsprojekt (Sommersemester 2021)

A Quantum Theory Lego Set

The long-term aim of the MECS fellowship is to write a book that describes the physics of fundamental quantum physics experiments, the epistemological questions that these experiments pose, the role of the simulation as a metaphor for perfected, idealized experiments, and the simulations themselves. In the first phase of the project, we will focus of developing the simulation platform and a first version of a graphical interface that allows non-programmers to perform simulations and visualize the results.