Michiel Wouters

Werkte aan:

Polytechnique de Lausanne, Zwitserland


Nieuwe thuishaven:

Universiteit Antwerpen, Department of Physics

Hij zal onderzoek voeren over “Strong light-matter coupling in semiconductor nanostructures and ultracold atomic gases” (Sterke koppeling tussen licht en materie in halfgeleider nanostructuren en ultrakoude atomaire gassen).

Zijn Odysseus toelagen (Groep II) bedragen 959.000 EUR, verspreid over 5 jaar. Hij zal in Antwerpen werken met een team van 3 onderzoekers.


Academische carrière:

o   Docent at the Universiteit Antwerpen (2010-heden)

o   Post doc Researcher,  Institute of Theoretical Physics - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland: (2007-2010)

o   Post doc Researcher, University of Antwerp (2007)

o   Post doc Researcher  : BEC-centre at Trento (2004-2006)


Drie belangrijke publicaties:

M. Wouters, J. Tempere, J.T. Devreese, Feshbach resonances in a quasi-No-dimensional atomic gas, Phys. Rev. A 68, 053603 (2003).

M. Wouters and I. Carusotto, Excitations in a Nonequilibrium Bose-Einstein Condensate of Exciton Polaritons, Phys. Rev. Left. 99, 140402 (2007).

T. K. Paralso, M. Wouters, Y. Léger, F. Morier-Genoud, B. Deveaud-Plédran, Multistability of a coherent spin ensemble in a semiconductor microcavity, Nature Materials 9, 655-660 (2010).


Uit het jury-rapport:

Michiel Wouters has had several years of exciting and productive postdoctoral work since his PhD in 2004. Already with his PhD he developed an understanding and made important theoretical contributions to the field of cold quantum gases. He developed expertise in powerful theoretical techniques such as path integral analysis, Monte Carlo and scattering theory.

His postdoctoral research continued with such studies, but also rapidly branched out in new directions. In particular, it did so in the new area of polariton microcavities where he has carved out a niche for himself and made fundamental contributions in this newly developing area. Dr. Wouters has been one of the first to get into the field of microcavity polaritons and plans to move forward in this and other areas.

His findings are published in a number of articles in important journals. He has collaborated with a number of leaders in this field of research, guided students, and importantly worked closely with experimentalists. His contributions are internationally highly regarded.

His actual research project shows a challenging, ambitious program. His development of a dynamic research group, combined with working with students and collaborating with colleagues will offer a vibrant attractive environment in Flanders’ research area.