Pieter W. Claeys



Postdoctoral researcher at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, after having previously been a B.A.E.F. postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and an FWO Ph.D. fellow at Ghent University and the University of Amsterdam. My research focuses on the mathematical and physical aspects of quantum many-body theory.

Keywords: Strongly interacting quantum many-body systems, condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, (broken) integrability, Floquet dynamics

Experience & education

University of CambridgeU.K.
Research Associate November 2019 - Current

  • Supervisor: Prof. Austen Lamacraft

Boston University U.S.A.
Postdoctoral Researcher October 2018 – September 2019

  • Supervisor: Prof. Anatoli Polkovnikov
  • B.A.E.F. (Belgian American Education Foundation) Francqui fellowship

Ghent UniversityBelgium
Ph.D.October 2014 – September 2018

  • Supervisors: Prof. Dimitri Van Neck and Dr. Stijn De Baerdemacker
  • Ph.D. thesis: Richardson-Gaudin systems and broken integrability (defended 18 May 2018)
  • FWO Vlaanderen (Research Foundation Flanders) fellowship

University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
One-year research stay during Ph.D.September 2016 – August 2017

  • Supervisor: Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux
  • Research stay at the Institute of Physics with an FWO Vlaanderen (Research Foundation Flanders) ‘long stay abroad’ grant

Ghent UniversityBelgium
Master and Bachelor of science: Engineering physicsOctober 2009 – July 2014

  • Graduated with Greatest Distinction (Total grade: 936/1000)
  • Master’s thesis: Integrable quantum many-body systems: Properties and extensions of the Dicke model, and the introduction of time dependence



  • Teaching assistant ‘Introduction to theoretical physics’ (2014-2016, 2017-2018)
  • First-year physics course at Ghent University (50-70 students)
  • Quantum Mechanics 511 (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Quantum Mechanics at Boston University


  • (Co-)supervised five master’s theses and two Ph.D. theses


  • Referee for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Nuclear Physics B, Physics Letters A, Journal of Physics A


  • Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (good), German (basic)

Recent talks & conferences

Floquet-engineering counterdiabatic protocols in quantum many-body systems
Invited TalkInteracting Topological Matter: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Systems, KITP, UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A. (7 June 2021)

Maximally chaotic dynamics
Invited TalkMPIPKS, Dresden, Germany (29 April 2021)

Dual-unitary circuit dynamics
Poster Virtual Scientific Party-2021, MPIPKS, Dresden, Germany (9 April 2021)

Dual-unitary circuit dynamics
Invited talkCorrelated phases and hydrodynamics in driven systems, New York, U.S.A. (26 March 2021)

Quantum eigenstates and classical Gibbs distributions
Invited talkCondensed Matter Theory Seminar, Amsterdam, Netherlands (17 December 2020)

Thermalization and scrambling in dual-unitary circuit models
Self-invited talkQuantum Chaos 2020 Seminar Series (3 December 2020)

Thermalization and scrambling in dual-unitary circuit models
PosterDCURQC, MPIPKS, Dresden, Germany (30 September - 2 October 2020)

Thermalization and scrambling in dual-unitary circuit models
Invited talkQuantum Fluids in Isolation (Virtual Seminar Series), Boston, U.S.A. (3 September 2020)

Transitionless driving in quantum many-body systems
Invited talkShortcut To Adiabayicity Conference (STA2020) (cancelled due to Covid-19), Toulouse, France (9-11 March 2020)

Seminar, University of New Brunswick
Invited talkFredericton, Canada (27 August 2019)

69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (LINO16)
PosterLindau, Germany (29 June - 4 July 2019)

Engineering Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Open Quantum Systems (DYNQOS19)
TalkDresden, Germany (17 - 21 June 2019)

Condensed Matter Theory Seminar (CMT), Boston University
TalkBoston, U.S. (3 April 2019)

APS March Meeting
TalkBoston, U.S. (1-4 March 2019)

XIX International Congress on Mathematical Physics (ICMP18)
PosterMontréal, Canada (23 - 28 July 2018)

EOS meeting: Aspects of Quantum Integrability
Invited talk Ghent, Belgium (29 May 2018)

WE05 Inside-Out Seminar, Ghent University
Invited talk Ghent, Belgium (26 March 2018)

Université de Lorraine
Invited talkNancy, France (22 March 2018)

Correlation functions of quantum integrable systems and beyond (JMM60)
Poster Lyon, France (23 - 26 October 2017)

Quantum and Topological Matter meeting (Q-Top), Delta-Institute for Theoretical Physics
Invited talkLeiden, The Netherlands (3 Febrary 2017)

Condensed Matter Theory Seminar (CMT), Institute of Physics
Invited talkAmsterdam, The Netherlands (23 November 2016)

Geometry, Probability and Physics Seminar (GPP), Institut de Recherche en Mathématique et Physique
Invited talkLouvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (12 October 2016)

Integrable Systems and Quantum Symmetries (ISQS-24)
Contributed talk Prague, Czech Republic (14-18 June 2016)

General Scientific Meeting 2016 of the Belgian Physical Society (BPS)
PosterGhent, Belgium (18 May 2016)

European School on Quantum Chemistry (ESQC-15)
PosterPalermo, Sicily5-19 September 2015

Advanced Computational Methods for Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems (FOR1807)
PosterWürzburg, Germany (23-26 February 2015)

Exact and Numerical Models of Low-Dimensional Quantum Structures (LDQS-II)
Contributed talkIzmir, Turkey (23-31 August 2014)