The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is at the heart of the worldwide effort to uncover the fundamental laws of physics, and has already discovered the Higgs boson. My research focusses on QCD aspects of LHC collisions, which is important for searches for new physics and stringent tests of the Standard Model carried out at the LHC. Much of my work focusses on jets, which are sprays of energetic collimated hadrons (see image). They are copiously produced at the LHC and play a crucial role in many analyses. To describe these intrinsically multi-scale processes, I use effective field theory.
Some of my contributions are:
Some research that is a bit off the beaten path:
A full list of my publications can be viewed on Inspire.
After studying physics and mathematics at Utrecht University, I went on to obtain a PhD at MIT and was a postdoc at UC San Diego. I started as a junior faculty member at the UvA in 2013 and am also affiliated with the Nikhef theory group. I have ongoing collaborations with colleagues at various institutions, including MIT, DESY, Berkeley, CERN, SLAC, University of Vienna, Stoney Brook, Complutense Madrid and Zheijang University.
When I am not doing physics, I enjoy running, reading, traveling and of course spending time with my lovely wife and children.