Dr. Ante Bilandzic

ERC Starting Grant

Academic Career and Research Areas

Ante Bilandzic studied physics at the universities of Zagreb, Croatia and Utrecht, The Netherlands before completing his PhD in 2012 at the Nikhef Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, supervised by Prof. Dr. Raimond Snellings. During his PhD he stayed at CERN, Geneva for a year. After a post-doc at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, he joined the research group of Prof. Laura Fabbietti at TUM’s Physics Department in 2015.


The aggregate state studied by Dr. Ante Bilandzic existed in nature only for a very short time: for a fraction of a millisecond after the Big Bang. Quark-gluon plasma is a state of matter in which so much energy is present that even the elementary particles quarks and gluons can move relatively freely. Quark-gluon plasma can now be artificially produced, for example in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, at CERN in Geneva. That is where Ante Bilandzic will collect the data for his ERC-funded project. Since upgrades to the LHC were carried out in the winter of 2014/15, it has been possible to produce quark-gluon plasma at even higher energy levels. Bilandzic is an expert in the analysis of the enormous quantities of data produced in these experiments and is hoping to use new methods he has developed to study the detailed properties of the quark-gluon plasma and in particular its flow behavior.


    ERC Starting Grant (2017)

    J. Adam et al. [ALICE Collaboration], ‘Correlated event-by-event fluctuations of flow harmonics in Pb-Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 (2016) 182301 


    J. Adam et al. [ALICE Collaboration], ‘Anisotropic flow of charged particles in Pb-Pb collisions at 5.02 TeV,’ Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 (2016) no.13, 132302 


    A. Bilandzic et al. ‘Generic framework for anisotropic flow analyses with multiparticle azimuthal correlations,‘ Phys. Rev. C 89 (2014) no.6, 064904 


    K. Aamodt et al. [ALICE Collaboration], ‘Elliptic flow of charged particles in Pb-Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV,‘ Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 252302 (2010) 


    A. Bilandzic et al. ‘Flow analysis with cumulants: Direct calculations,‘ Phys. Rev. C 83 (2011) 044913