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Delta ITP

ITP Utrecht


The Netherlands has a long tradition in theoretical physics which involves research performed at university institutes, industrial laboratories, and government institutions. The strength of this research area is, for a large part, based on the unity of methods employed in a wide range of applications. This manifests itself both in scientific research and in academic education.

To structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics, the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was formed. The school is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), University of Groningen (RUG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Utrecht University (UU) (commissioner) and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). In addition, there are several alessociate members.

The DRSTP was accredited in 1994 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)/Research School Accreditation Committee (ECOS) (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoekscholen) and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010.

In 2016 members of a selected review committee (Prof. Daan Frenkel; Prof. Anne Davis and Prof. Peter Wölfle) were asked to perform a review of the DRSTP in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (2015-2021). The School scored three times excellent for:
Quality of the PhD educational programme;
Relevance of the DRSTP's educational activities to society;
Viability of the DRSTP.

The School has been reaccredited for another six years. A detailed report from the committee members is available here.

This recognizes and endorses the prominent role the DRSTP has been playing in the Dutch Theoretical Physics community since its inception in 1994 in maintaining high standards of excellence in both research and graduate education.

The Mission Statement provides further details about the objectives of the DRSTP.

Upcoming DRSTP events:

PhD Defense (UU)
Monday, 25 September 2017
Niklas Gergs
14.30 uur
Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Promotor: Prof. C. Morais Smith
Copromotor: Dr. D. Schuricht
Title: Transport and topological states in strongly correlated nanostructures

PhD Defense (UL)
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Benny van Zuiden
Academy Building, Rapenburg 73, Leiden
Promotor: Prof. V. Vitelli
Title: Topology and geometry in chiral liquids

Dear colleagues,

On Thursday and Friday 14 & 15 September, 2017 we are organizing an International workshop “Big Ideas in Quantum Matter”, dedicated to Prof. Mikhail Katsnelson 60th Anniversary, held at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
This 2-day workshop aims in bringing together leading theorists and experimentalists working on magnetism and magnetization dynamics and on electron transport and strong correlations.
The exchange of ideas between these two communities is expected to initiate new research directions and lead to a breakthrough in understanding strongly non-equilibrium phenomena that involve both electron transport and magnetism.

Invited speakers:
Stefan Blügel (Jülich)
Olle Eriksson (Uppsala)
Claudia Felser (Dresden)
Joaquin Fernández-Rossier (Braga)
Paco Guinea (Madrid and Manchester)
Frank Koppens (Barcelona)
Mikhail Lemeshko (Wien)
Kristel Michielsen (Jülich)
Kostya Novoselov (Manchester)
Eva Pavarini (Jülich)
Marco Polini (Genoa)
Hans de Raedt (Groningen)
Alexey Rubtsov (Moscow)
Joseph Stroscio (NIST,USA)
Maria Vozmediano (Madrid)
Bart van Wees (Groningen)
Tim Wehling (Bremen)

There will be time for poster presentations. Attached you will find the programme.

It is important to register in time, since we have a maximum capacity of 55 people. The deadline is 21 August and registration can be done online via the link:

More information:

We hope to see many of you at this event!

Best regards,
Organizing Committee
Annalisa Fasolino (Radboud University)
Alexander Lichtenstein (Hamburg University)
Misha Titov (Radboud University)

Ingenuity and integrability in statistical mechanics
A symposium in honour of the 65th birthday of Bernard Nienhuis (UvA) and in celebration of his career.
September 27-29 2017
VOC-zaal (Oost-Indisch Huis), Amsterdam
Together with Bernard we look very much forward to seeing you.
RSVP your attendance by email to:

PhD Day - Friday, 20 October 2017

THEP School 2018: 29 January - 9 February 2018

SPTCM School 2018: 12 - 23 March 2018

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics II (fall 2017)
This fall's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of Non-equilibrium quantum field theory.

Module 1: Introduction to non-equilibrium QFT
Tomislav Prokopec (UU)
Lectures: Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2 (from 11-14, incl. lunch break)
Exam: Oct 9 (13-17 hrs) in BBG 7.12
Location/Room: Buys Ballot Building, Princetonplein 5, room BBG 7.12, Utrecht

Abstract: In this mini-course we shall discuss basics of non-equilibrium quantum physics. For simplicity, to a large extent we shall develop the relevant concepts in quantum mechanical systems and then indicate how our results generalize to quantum field-theoretic setting. We shall cover the following topics:

* The density operator and entropy
* Propagators and two-point functions
* The Schwinger-Keldysh or the in-in formalism
* Applications

Module 2: Non-equilibrium QFT in condensed matter
Vadim Cheianov (UL)
Lectures: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Exam: Nov 13
Location/Room: Niels Bohrweg 2, Huygens Laboratory, room HL 226, Leiden

Abstract: This module will focus on applications of quantum theory of non-equilibrium processes in condensed matter systems.
* Quantum tunneling
* Quantum impurity problems
* Transport in disordered systems
* Superconductors

Module 3: Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Ben Freivogel (UvA)
Lectures: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Exam: Dec 18, Room G2.10
Location/Room: Nikhef, Science Park 105, room H.331, Amsterdam

Abstract: This module will focus on techniques and results from quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, such as the real world. Important applications we will cover include:
-Quantum fluctuations during inflation that generate the temperature fluctuations in the CMB;
-Hawking radiation from black holes and the black hole information paradox.

Last update: 16-09-2017, 11.30