Dr. Rikkert Frederix
Event simulation for the LHC at high precision
Academic Career and Research Areas
What does the universe consist of? This is the question that is being pursued by elementary particle physics. Researchers in this field are searching for the fundamental building blocks of matter. The experiments being done at the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the European particle physics center CERN, for example, involve observing billions of particle collisions which in turn create new particles. Highly-precise theoretical calculations and simulations are required to evaluate these experiments. This is what the elementary particle physicist Dr. Rikkert Frederix, who until recently was a researcher at CERN, is developing.
Dr. Frederix was born in 1982 in the Netherlands. He studied physics in Utrecht and Amsterdam. In 2005, Frederix moved to the Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology of the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where he received his doctorate in 2009. From 2008 to 2009 Frederix worked at CERN in Geneva with support from the EU’s Marie Curie Programme, from 2009 to 2012 he was a postdoc at the University of Zurich. In 2012, Frederix again moved to CERN. Since August 2015, he has been working at the Technical University Munich.
2015: Sofja Kovaleskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation
Key Publications (all publications)
R. Frederix, K. Hagiwara, T. Yamada, H. Yokoya, “T-odd Asymmetry in W+jet Events at the LHC“, Phys.Rev.Lett. 113 (2014) 152001Abstract
R. Frederix, “Top Quark Induced Backgrounds to Higgs Production in the WW* -> llvv Decay Channel at Next-to-Leading-Order in QCD”, Phys.Rev.Lett. 112 (2014) 8, 082002Abstract
J. Alwall, R. Frederix, S. Frixione, V. Hirschi, F. Maltoni, O. Mattelaer, H. -S. Shao, T. Stelzer, P. Torrielli, M. Zaro, “The automated computation of tree-level and next-to-leading order differential cross sections, and their matching to parton shower simulations”, JHEP 1407 (2014) 079Abstract
R. Frederix and S. Frixione, “Merging meets matching in MC@NLO”, JHEP 1212 (2012) 061Abstract
R. Frederix, S. Frixione, V. Hirschi, F. Maltoni, R. Pittau, P. Torrielli, “aMC@NLO predictions for Wjj production at the Tevatron”, JHEP 1202 (2012) 048Abstract