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OnderzoekZernike (ZIAM)THREKDe Raedt Group

Computational Physics

Just as the development of systematic experimental inquiries at the time of Galileo has changed scientific thinking, recent developments in computational and information science are having a similar impact, adding to theory and experiment a third scientific method: computer simulation.
In our research, we use computer simulation in two ways.

Traditional: Starting from a mathematical model in terms of the basic equations of physics, employ numerical algorithms to solve these equations, thereby providing answers in cases where theoretical treatments face their limits.

Unconventional: Starting from a discrete-event representation of the observed phenomena, try to invent simple rules that, when simulated on a computer, reproduce the experimental facts without solving basic equations of physics.