April 12, 2017

Helsinki professor goes on with quantum theory

Kupiainen's research topic, quantum field theory, is used to study a vast variety of complex phenomena.
Kupiainen's research topic, quantum field theory, is used to study a vast variety of complex phenomena.
Veikko Somerpuro

The University of Helsinki academy professor Antti Kupiainen has received a 2.5 million-euro ERC Advanced Grant.

The funding from the European Research Council means Kupiainen can study what he wants. On top of this, the grant entails another bonus.

“As the grant is very competitive, it has a certain charisma or reputation,” Kupiainen says. “My experience from my previous ERC Advanced Grant period is that its reputation helped me recruit the best postdoctoral researchers.”

Kupiainen’s research deals with quantum fields and probability theory, and he applies methods from theoretical physics to the mathematical models of stochastic phenomena. Quantum field theory was created in the mid-20th century to explain the interactions between elementary particles. It is also known as the ‘theory of everything’ in particle physics.

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