Faculty of Sciences alumnus wins Gribov Medal

Pedro Vieira tem-se distinguido na procura da resolução de alguns dos principais problemas da Física Teórica. (Photo: DR)

Pedro Vieira has distinguished itself in the quest for solving some of the main problems of Theoretical Physics. (Photo: DR)

Pedro Vieira, Portuguese physicist and researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada) is the winner of the 2015 edition of the prestigious Gribov Medal. Every two years, this award is given by the Physical European Society to a young researcher who featured in the Theoretical Physics fields of particles and / or Quantum Field Theory.

Pedro Vieira is a former student from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) and on the basis of this distinction are the “innovative contributions (groundbreaking)” by Pedro Vieira to solve some of the most complex problems of theoretical physics, such as that which led to the “exact determination of the spectrum and anomalous dimensions of scattering amplitudes in the Yang-Mills supersymmetric theory”.

With a degree in Physics from the FCUP in 2004 and a doctorate from FCUP (Centre of Physics of Porto) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (2008). Pedro Vieira is the first Portuguese and the eighth researcher worldwide to receive this medal created in 2001 to recognize the outstanding work of a young physicist (under the age of 35 years) in Physics Theoretical Particle and / or Quantum Field Theory. The prize consists of a medal and a cash prize.

In a note published on the site of the Perimeter Institute (institution where Pedro Vieira stayed since 2009 after some time at the Max-Planck-Institut in Germany) the director of that organization highlights the work of the Portuguese researcher “for a better conceptual and practical understanding of the quantum field theory, whose language is the base of particle physics, the physics of condensed matter and much of cosmology. “Therefore, “we are delighted to see the work of Peter recognized in this way. He has a rare combination of mathematical talent and physical intuition, and has done a remarkable job. (…) It is a truly extraordinary young scientist, “said Robert Meyers.

In 2014, Pedro Vieira had won the Sloan Fellowship award previously assigned to the 42 winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. (http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/node/95855)