Prof. Dr Evgeny Epelbaum

Prof. Dr Evgeny Epelbaum

Theoretical physics, especially hadron and particle physics

NB 6/165
Tel.: +49 234 32 23707




Our research activities focus on theoretical investigations to elucidate the internal structure and dynamics of hadrons composed of quarks and gluons. For this purpose, effective field theories such as chiral perturbation theory are applied, which reflect certain symmetry properties of the underlying fundamental theory, quantum chromodynamics, and allow a systematic and model-independent access to the hadronic observables.

In addition to the properties of the individual hadrons, few-baryon systems are also investigated. For this purpose, the forces acting between the baryons must first be derived using the chiral effective field theory.

In the second step, the properties of the few-baryon systems are calculated numerically with the help of modern supercomputers. In particular, we use a formulation of the chiral effective field theory on the lattice, which, analogous to lattice QCD, enables the application of Monte Carlo simulations.

Other research topics are: Quark mass dependence of hadronic observables and chiral extrapolation of QCD lattice data, electromagnetic processes at the nucleon and at light nuclei (such as pion photo- and electroproduction), extension of chiral effective field theory to spin-3/2 fields, isospin-violating effects, hyperon-nucleon interaction and the properties of hypernuclei.

The person


1990 Abitur
1990 - 1993 Physics studies at St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russian Federation
1994 - 1997 Studied physics at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Degree: Diploma (summa cum laude)
1997 - 2000 Doctoral studies in theoretical physics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Degree: Dr. rer. nat. (with distinction). Thesis topic: "The nucleon-nucleon interaction in a chiral effective field theory".

Professional career

2000 - 2003 PostDoc at the Research Centre Jülich, at the Ruhr University Bochum and at the University Paris-Sud, France
2003 - 2006 Nathan Isgur Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Jefferson Laboratory, Newport News, VA, USA
2006 - 2011 Head of the Helmholtz-University Junior Research Group "Few-nucleon systems in chiral effective field theory" at the Research Centre Jülich and the University of Bonn
2006 - 2010 W2 Professor (temporary) for Theoretical Physics at the University of Bonn
2009 Appointed Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland. Call declined
2010 Appointment as W2 Professor (permanent) of Theoretical Physics, University of Bonn. Call rejected

since 2010


W3 Professor of Theoretical Physics, in particular Hadron and Particle Physics, at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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