• Senior staff

Group leader: Jan Zaanen

Jan Zaanen holds a chair of theoretical condensed matter physics at the Institute Lorentz. His core research interests are in the subject of quantum matter.   Please find Jan’s  Scientific autobiography,  CV publications, google scholar and wikipedia .

Koenraad Schalm
Website: ttp://
Koenraad Schalm studies string theory and its connections to models of particle physics and cosmology in particular. His current research is focused on the remarkable possibilities that near-future cosmological observations as well as upcoming particle-collider or condensed matter experiments can contain signatures of string theory.  Publications

  • Postdocs

Philippe Garnier2Philippe Garnier
I obtained my PhD in 2016 from the University of British Columbia, my thesis was titled “Geometry from Quantum Mechanics: Entanglement, Energy Conditions and the Emergence of Space”.  My research focuses mostly on the connection between quantum information (entanglement entropy and related quantities) and the structure of space-time. More specifically, I am interested in multipartite entanglement, the time evolution of entanglement entropy and constraints on bulk metrics from entanglement inequalities. In the past, I have also worked on the structure of non commutative geometry based on matrix models. Publications

  • PhD students

Floris Balm                         
My undergraduate years were spent at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout my undergrad I have done research on the BCJ duality as well as DFT/MD calculations on solid hydrogen under megabar pressures. My MPhys thesis was on the topic of Lattice QCD under Prof. Luigi Del Debbio, where I worked on exploring the Rho meson resonance using the new GRID computational framework that was


Aleksandar Bukva                                                                        Email:
I did undergraduate studies at the Belgrade University. Through the collaboration with the Institute of Physics in Belgrade I did my master thesis under the supervision of Milica Milovanovic on Lattice-like structures in Lowest Landau Level(
I am interested in AdS/CFT duality from CM side, quantum phases of matter and numerical simulations of strongly correlated system.

Vladimir Ohanesjan                                                               Email:                                          My interests range from quantum gravity, particle physics, strongly interacting systems and condensed matter to AI. My goal during the PhD is to better understand the nature of space, time and the dynamics of strongly entangled quantum systems, using quantum information theory and holography.

Aravindh Swaminathan Shankar
Email:                                                 I obtained my Integrated master of Physics degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2010, with my thesis on disorderen superconductors. In the past I have worked on QMC and DMRG simulations in spin systems, and also analytical studies on Anderson localization. I am currently interested in using holography to describe the physics of the strange metals and the High-Tc superconductors.

  • Masterstudent

Michael Chan
I am a master student from the TuDelft with an interest in quantum information/computation and condensed matter. There are many things I find interesting in these areas and I am currently in the process of narrowing down the fields in which I want to do my Phd eventually. I will be doing a small project revolving around the ‘Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis’ (ETH) as part of the Casimir track. If you want to know more about me or just want to have a chat, feel free to come by!

  • Guests

Emad Yaraie, guest PhD from the Dept. of Physics at the Semnan University in Iran

Mohammad Farsam, guest PhD from the Dept. of Physics at the Semnan University in Iran


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