Prize Recipient


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Simon Groth
Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel

Citation:

"For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions."

Background:

Simon Groth received his MS (2014) and PhD (2018) in physics from the Christian-Albrechts university in Kiel, Germany. He stayed as postdoc researcher at University in Kiel until 2019 before switching career to business consultancy with McKinsey & Company. Simon’s research career has been devoted to the development of new quantum Monte Carlo techniques in order to enable a better understanding of warm dense matter systems. In particular, Simon developed and improved the configuration path integral Monte-Carlo approach and thereby accomplished an ab-initio simulation of the highly degenerate warm dense electron gas – a system that is of fundamental importance for correlation functionals utilized in manyfold density functional theory simulations. Simon has been awarded the Laster and Particle Beams Prize in 2017.


Selection Committee:

William Farmer (Chair), Howard Milchberg (Vice Chair), Will Fox ('20 recipient), Radha Bahukutumbi, Matt Landreman

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