The winner of the Charpak-Ritz Award 2020 is Philipp Werner

Philipp Werner is a specialist on the dynamical mean field simulation of strongly correlated electron systems.

His development of powerful numerical algorithms has enabled systematic investigations of important classes of correlated materials, such as unconventional superconductors, and has opened new lines of research. In particular, the development of non-equilibrium dynamical mean field theory over the past 10 years has resulted in a versatile theoretical framework for the study of ultrafast processes in solids. Philipp Werner studied physics at EPFL. His Master thesis advisor was Prof. Jürg Fröhlich from ETHZ. He did his PhD at ETHZ under the supervision of Prof. Matthias Troyer. After a postdoc at Columbia University with Prof. Andrew J. Millis, he returned to Switzerland in 2008 as Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETHZ. He then joined the University of Fribourg as Associate Professor in 2012 where he got promoted to full Professor in Fribourg in 2018.

He is author and co-author of more than 170 papers in refereed journals showing his influence and insight in the understanding of light-induced phenomena in correlated solids.

Philipp Werner has maintained close collaborations with French research groups, in particular with the group of Prof. Silke Biermann (École Polytechnique) and Dr. Michele Casula (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) through scientific collaborations and the exchange of young scientists.

Philipp Werner receives the Charpak-Ritz Prize 2020 for his major contributions in condensed matter physics, especially for the development of new numerical methods enabling the simulation of out-of-equilibrium dynamics to address light-induced phenomena in highly correlated solids, and also for his excellent and very fruitful collaboration with the French physics community on the GW+DMFT method.