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Martin Weigel studied physics, philosophy and economics at Mainz University. After earning his PhD in physics from the University of Leipzig working on the dynamical triangulations approach to quantum gravity, he went to the University of Waterloo, Canada as a postdoctoral fellow to work on disordered spin systems using methods of combinatorial and heuristic global optimization.

Starting in 2005, he spent two years at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, with an Individual Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission to continue his work on quantum gravity. In 2008 Martin won a bid for a prestigious Emmy Noether Research Group of the German Physical Society working on disordered systems which he established in Mainz. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Lecturerer in Mathematics at Coventry University. Since 2013, he has been a Reader in Theoretical Physics.

Research Interests

Advancement of Monte Carlo methodology; Geometric disorder from fractal random graphs; Annealed disorder and dynamical triangulations; Nucleation and domain growth in random systems; Monte Carlo simulations without detailed balance; Complex magnetic materials: spin glasses and random fields; Modelling social systems in the framework of statistical mechanics; Amplitude-exponent relations for three-dimensional O(n) spin models; Harvesting GPU computational power for simulations of lattice spin models ; Heuristic optimisation and Monte Carlo simulation for complex energy landscapes

Vision Statement

I use a combination of analytical approaches and phenomenological scaling theory with cutting-edge numerical simulation and heuristic optimisation techniques to address problems in phase transitions and critical phenomena. These include spin glasses and random-field systems with a wealth of applications in technologically relevant materials as well as disordered structures such as random surfaces and complex networks. Beyond condensed-matter physics, my interests range from sports statistics to the theory of quantum gravity.

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scaling Physics & Astronomy
simulation Physics & Astronomy
spin glass Physics & Astronomy
Spin glass Engineering & Materials Science
Ising model Physics & Astronomy
exponents Physics & Astronomy
disorders Physics & Astronomy
ground state Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1998 2019

Accelerating molecular dynamics simulations with population annealing

Christiansen, H., Weigel, M. & Janke, W. 15 Feb 2019 In : Physical Review Letters. 122, 6, 5 p., 060602

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
molecular dynamics

Approximate ground states of the random-field Potts model from graph cuts

Kumar, M., Kumar, R., Weigel, M., Banerjee, V., Janke, W. & Puri, S. 14 May 2018 In : Physical review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 97, 5, p. 1-10 10 p., 053307

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Graph Cuts
Potts Model
Random Field
Ground State
ground state

Binomial Spin Glass

Vaezi, M-S., Ortiz, G., Weigel, M. & Nussinov, Z. 22 Aug 2018 In : Physical Review Letters. 121, 8, 6 p., 080601

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
spin glass
thermodynamic coupling
random variables
Ising model
5 Citations

Domain-wall excitations in the two-dimensional Ising spin glass

Khoshbakht, H. & Weigel, M. 16 Feb 2018 In : Physical Review B. 97, 064410

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spin glass
Domain walls
spin glass
domain wall
Ground state

Estimating the Density of States of Frustrated Spin Systems

Barash, L. Y., Marshall, J., Weigel, M. & Hen, I. 19 Sep 2018 (Submitted) In : New Journal of Physics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 1998 2016

  • 44 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena 2016

Weigel, M. (Organising Committee)
6 Apr 20168 Apr 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Conference on Growing Length Scale Phenomena in Condensed Matter Physics

Weigel, M. (Speaker)
8 Oct 201510 Oct 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Statistical Physics and Low Dimensional Systems

Weigel, M. (Speaker)
20 May 201522 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

The 9th International Conference on Computational Physics (ICCP9)

Weigel, M. (Speaker)
7 Jan 201511 Jan 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

CompPhys15; 16th International NTZ-Workshop on New Developments in Computational Physics

Weigel, M. (Speaker)
26 Nov 201528 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference