Research Awards for QCD and Neutrino Astrophysics

Awarded: Francis Halzen

Awarded: Jos Vermaseren

Two important research awards have been granted to Dr. Jos Vermaseren of NIKHEF/Amsterdam and Prof. Francis Halzen of the University of Wisconsin/Madison this October.

The Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to Jos Vermaseren acknowledges his outstanding long term contributions to precision calculations in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), notably on the scaling violations of the nucleon structure functions. The calculations allow to determine the strong coupling constant αs at higher precision from the HERA data. These results could only be achieved applying effective computer algebra systems such as FORM, developed by him, which finds a widespread use in present day high-energy physics computations.

The International Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Helmholtz Association to Francis Halzen acknowledges his pioneering role in the field of high energy particle astrophysics, in particular his role in initiating the projects AMANDA and IceCube.

Jos Vermaseren will work with groups at DESY and Univ. Karlsruhe. Francis Halzen will work with groups at DESY and at Humboldt University, Berlin, on multimessenger astronomy (combining data from neutrino observation with those from gamma and cosmic ray observations), and on studies for a future hybrid detector (combining optical, radio and acoustic detection of neutrinos).