Balt van Rees, taken by Jérémey Barande

Professor, Ecole Polytechnique

Research group at CPHT: Mathematical Physics

Recipient of an ERC consolidator grant

Recipient of a Simons foundation grant

Current Research

I try to "bootstrap" quantum field theories. That is, I try to better understand them by exploring very general consistency conditions. The numerical analysis of these conditions shows that, in certain cases at least, we can completely delineate their 'space of solutions'. See for more information. My recent work focuses on:

- The S-matrix and quantum field theory on hyperbolic backgrounds

- The classification of conformal boundaries and defects

- Supersymmetric quantum field theories

Mini CV

- MSc (Dutch: ingenieur) in Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology (2006)
- PhD, Amsterdam University (2010)
- C.N. Yang Fellow, Stony Brook University (2010-2013)
- Fellow, CERN (2013-2015)
- Assistant professor, Durham University (2015-2018)
- Associate professor, Durham University (2018-2019)
- Professor, Ecole Polytechnique (2020-present)


All my publications are available via inspire:

PhD Thesis

B.C. van Rees "Dynamics and the gauge-gravity duality"


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