SNSF Ambizione Grant for Max Zoller
Max Zoller, currently at the Physik-Institut of the University of
Zurich (UZH), has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation
Ambizione grant with PSI as host institution. Together with a PhD
student he will join the particle theory group (NUM, Laboratory of
Particle Physics (LTP)).
The research of Max Zoller focuses on the automation of perturbative
higher-order calculations. Such calculations are required for precise
predictions of signal and background processes at particle colliders
which in turn are indispensable in the search for physics beyond the
Standard Model. A few years ago, the so-called next-to-leading order
(NLO) revolution took place that saw a transformation of NLO
calculations from 'hand made' to fully automated. Being one of the
revolutionaries in the past years, in his project Max Zoller will
advance higher-order computations to the next level by tackling the
automation of two-loop virtual corrections. They are a key ingredient
for next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) calculations. For many
processes NNLO predictions are required to fully exploit experimental
results of the Large Hadron Collider and other facilities.
Max Zoller obtained his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
(KIT) in 2014. After a year as postdoc at KIT he joined the UZH in
2015 for a postdoctoral position. With the Ambizione grant he will now
move to the PSI for four years, starting on 1. June 2019.