Researcher Simen Kvaal

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Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo 


Research interest

My research is mainly focused on development and mathematical analysis of computational methods in quantum chemistry and manybody quantum physics in general. I focus on density-functional theory and coupled-cluster methods, both single-reference and multireference theory. Having a background in the intersection of theoretical physics and applied mathematics, I strive for a rigorous yet physically realistic approach to method development. Much of my research used the bivariational principle, a powerful yet unconventional critical-point formulation of both the time-dependent and the stationary Schrödinger equation.

Short bio

I was born in 1978 and grew up in Ås south of Oslo. Today, I live in Eiksmarka with my wife and two kids. In 2004 I obtained my MSc in Physics at UiO, and in 2009 I obtained my PhD in physics, working at the Centre of Mathematics for Applications, department of Mathematics,  UiO.

I was supervised by Prof. Morten Hjorth-Jensen and Prof. Ragnar Winther. After a postdoc at the Department of Mathematics, I went to Tübingen in Germany in 2010 as a postdoc with Prof. Christian Lubich at the Department of Mathematics.

I returned to Oslo, and in 2012 I became a postdoc at the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry under Prof. Trygve Helgaker.

In 2014 I obtained an ERC Starting Grant and a permanent researcher position, and in 2021-2022 I will lead a project at the Centre for Advanced Study together with Prof. Thomas Bondo Pedersen.

Supervisor for the following CompSci projects

Published Sep. 8, 2020 4:11 PM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2021 4:59 PM