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Research interests

The research of Daniël Boer focuses on the physics of elementary particles, in particular on quarks and gluons (QCD) and on possible new particles beyond the current Standard Model of elementary particle physics. In 2019 Boer was elected fellow of the American Physical Society "for contributions toward the understanding of the spin and momentum structure of quarks and gluons in nucleons, in particular those relevant in single spin asymmetries, and for studies of the color glass condensate phase in quantum chromodynamics.” Those contributions have helped shape the physics case of the future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) that is under construction in the U.S.A. and will be operational in the 2030s. Especially the synergies of the EIC and LHC are his current research interests. The focus here is on novel effects at high energies from the collective behavior of gluons and the theoretical description thereof.

The knowledge of gluons is essential for a proper description of high-energy scattering. This also applies to searches for new particles. So far there are no experimental indications for such new physics, therefore, theoretical investigations will have to follow general guiding principles. It turns out to be very hard to find highly symmetric theories that naturally, i.e. without fine-tuning, lead to the Standard Model at low energies and satisfy the extremely stringent experimental constraints on any new physics. This is a longstanding problem that will probably require completely new approaches, which is another research interest.   


Daniël Boer received his education in theoretical physics at Utrecht University (1989-1994), did his PhD research at Nikhef, Amsterdam (1994-1998) and received his PhD degree at the VU University Amsterdam in September 1998. He became a postdoctoral research associate at the RIKEN-BNL Research Center (RBRC), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Long Island, New York, U.S.A. (1998-2001). He returned to the Netherlands on a fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at the VU University Amsterdam, where he became lecturer and obtained tenure in 2005. In 2009 he moved to the University of Groningen (first to KVI and later to VSI) to become a full professor in 2017. In 2019 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is best known for the Boer-Mulders function (published in 1998 in Physical Review D with his PhD thesis advisor Piet Mulders). He is currently scientific director of the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity (VSI) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He is and has been member of various committees and boards, both nationally and internationally, such as the SPSC & PBC of CERN, and he was elected European Representative of the Electron-Ion Collider User Group (2017-2021).  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD degree, Azimuthal Asymmetries in Hard Scattering Processes, VU Amsterdam

Award Date: 15-Sept-1998

Chair of the Board, Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity


Scientific Director, Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity


Associate Professor , Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity


Associate Professor , Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut (KVI)


Assistant professor, Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut (KVI)


Assistant Professor, VU Amsterdam


Researcher of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), VU Amsterdam


Research Associate, Brookhaven Natl Lab, Brookhaven National Laboratory, RIKEN BNL Res Ctr


PhD student, NIKHEF


Theoretical Physics, M.Sc. (equivalent), Quantum Corrections to the Axial Anomaly, Univ Utrecht, University of Utrecht, ITP


Scientific Director, Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity

1-Oct-2022 → …

Full Professor, Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity

2017 → …

External positions

Member of the External Advisory Board of the BNL EIC Theory Institute, NY, U.S.A.

2022 → …

Convener of the QCD Working Group of CERN's Physics Beyond Colliders (PBC) study group, CERN

2021 → …

Member of the NWO Advisory committee Particle and Astroparticle Physics (PAPP)


Chair of the NWO network "Theoretical High-Energy Physics"

2021 → …

Member of the NIAS-Lorentz Fellowship Board

2021 → …

Member of the Governing Board of the STRONG2020, a Horizon 2020 Integrating Activity for Advanced Communities


Mercator fellow in the DFG Forschungsgruppe “Next Generation Perturbative QCD for Hadron Structure: Preparing for the Electron-Ion Collider”


Member of the Physics Advisory Board of the Lorentz Center (Leiden), Lorentz Center


Member of the SPS and PS Experiments Committee (SPSC) of CERN


European Representative in the Steering Committee of the Electron-Ion Collider User Group (EICUG)


Member of the Management Committee of the European COST Action “Theory of hot matter and relativistic heavy-ion collisions”


Member of the Scientific Counsil of Nikhef, Amsterdam


Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Time-reversal odd distribution functions in leptoproduction

    Boer, D. & Mulders, PJ., 1-May-1998, In: Physical Review D. 57, 9, p. 5780-5786 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    825 Citations (Scopus)
  • Universality of T-odd effects in single spin and azimuthal asymmetries

    Boer, D., Mulders, PJ. & Pijlman, F., 8-Sept-2003, In: Nuclear Physics B. 667, 1-2, p. 201-241 41 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    532 Citations (Scopus)
  • Gluons and the quark sea at high energies: distributions, polarization, tomography

    Boer, D., Diehl, M., Milner, R., Venugopalan, R., Vogelsang, W., Accardi, A., Aschenauer, E., Burkardt, M., Ent, R., Guzey, V., Hasch, D., Kumar, K., Lamont, M. A. C., Li, Y., Marciano, W. J., Marquet, C., Sabatie, F., Stratmann, M., Yuan, F., Abeyratne, S., & 169 othersAhmed, S., Aidala, C., Alekhin, S., Anselmino, M., Avakian, H., Bacchetta, A., Bartels, J., H., BC., Beebe-Wang, J., Belomestnykh, S., Ben-Zvi, I., Beuf, G., Blumlein, J., Blaskiewicz, M. ., Bogacz, A., Brodsky, S. J., Burton, T., Calaga, R., Chang, X., Cherednikov, I. O., Chevtsov, P., Chirilli, G. A., Atti, C. C. D., Cloet, I. C., Cooper-Sarkar, A., Debbe, R., Derbenev, Y., Deshpande, A., Dominguez, F., Dumitru, A., Dupre, R., Erdelyi, B., Faroughy, C., Fazio, S., Fedotov, A., Forshaw, J. R., Geraud, R., Gallmeister, K., Gamberg, L., Gao, J. -H., Gassner, D., Gelis, F., Gilfoyle, G. P., Goldstein, G., Golec-Biernat, K., Goncalves, V. P., Gonderinger, M., Guzzi, M., Hagler, P., Hahn, H., Hammons, L., Hao, Y., He, P., Horn, T., Horowitz, W. A., Huang, M., Hutton, A., Jager, B., Jackson, W., Jain, A., Johnson, E. C., Kang, Z. -B., Kaptari, L. P., Kayran, D., Kewisch, J., Koike, Y., Kondratenko, A., Kopeliovich, B. Z., Kovchegov, Y. V., Krafft, G., Kroll, P., Kumano, S., Kumericki, K., Lappi, T., Lautenschlager, T., Li, R., Liang, Z. -T., Litvinenko, V. N., Liuti, S., Luo, Y., Muller, D., Mahler, G., Majumder, A., Manikonda, S., Marhauser, F., McIntyre, G., Meskauskas, M., Meng, W., Metz, A., Mezzetti, C. B., Miller, G. A., Minty, M., Moch, S. -O., Morozov, V., Mosel, U., Motyka, L., Moutarde, H., Mulders, P. J., Musch, B., Nadel-Turonski, P., Nadolsky, P., Olness, F., Ostrumov, P. N., Parker, B., Pasquini, B., Passek-Kumericki, K., Pikin, A., Pilat, F., Pire, B., Pirner, H., Pisano, C., Pozdeyev, E., Prokudin, A., Ptitsyn, V., Qian, X., Qiu, J. -W., Radici, M., Radyushkin, A., Rao, T., Rimmer, R., Ringer, F., Riordan, S., Rogers, T., Rojo, J., Roser, T., Sandapen, R., Sassot, R., Satogata, T., Sayed, H., Schafer, A., Schnell, G., Schweitzer, P., Sheehy, B., Skaritka, J., Soyez, G., Spata, M., Spiesberger, H., Stasto, A. M., Stefanis, N. G., Strikman, M., Sullivan, M., Szymanowski, L., Tanaka, K., Taneja, S., Tepikian, S., Terzic, B., Than, Y., Toll, T., Trbojevic, D., Tsentalovich, E., Tsoupas, N., Tuchin, K., Tuozzolo, J., Ullrich, T., Vossen, A., Wallon, S., Wang, G., Wang, H., Wang, X. -N., Webb, S., Weiss, C., Wu, Q., Xiao, B. -W., Xu, W., Yunn, B., Zelenski, A., Zhang, Y., Zhou, J. & Zurita, P., 5-Aug-2011, BNL/INT/Jlab program on the science case for an Electron-Ion Collider.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

    192 Downloads (Pure)
  • Linearly Polarized Gluons and the Higgs Transverse Momentum Distribution

    Boer, D., den Dunnen, W. J., Pisano, C., Schlegel, M. & Vogelsang, W., 18-Jan-2012, In: Physical Review Letters. 108, 3, 5 p., 032002.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    95 Citations (Scopus)
  • Electron-Ion Collider: The next QCD frontier

    Accardi, A., Albacete, J. L., Anselmino, M., Armesto, N., Aschenauer, E. C., Bacchetta, A., Boer, D., Brooks, W. K., Burton, T., Chang, N. -B., Deng, W. -T., Deshpande, A., Diehl, M., Dumitru, A., Dupre, R., Ent, R., Fazio, S., Guzey, V., Hakobyan, H., Hao, Y., & 57 othersHasch, D., Holt, R., Horn, T., Huang, M., Hutton, A., Hyde, C., Jalilian-Marian, J., Klein, S., Kopeliovich, B., Kovchegov, Y., Kumar, K., Kumericki, K., Lamont, M. A. C., Lappi, T., Lee, J. -H., Lee, Y., Levin, E. M., Lin, F. -L., Litvinenko, V., Ludlam, T. W., Marquet, C., Meziani, Z. -E., McKeown, R., Metz, A., Milner, R., Morozov, V. S., Mueller, A. H., Muller, B., Mueller, D., Nadel-Turonski, P., Paukkunen, H., Prokudin, A., Ptitsyn, V., Qian, X., Qiu, J. -W., Ramsey-Musolf, M., Roser, T., Sabatie, F., Sassot, R., Schnell, G., Schweitzer, P., Sichtermann, E., Stratmann, M., Strikman, M., Sullivan, M., Taneja, S., Toll, T., Trbojevic, D., Ullrich, T., Venugopalan, R., Vigdor, S., Vogelsang, W., Weiss, C., Xiao, B. -W., Yuan, F., Zhang, Y. -H. & Zheng, L., 8-Sept-2016, In: European Physical Journal A. 52, 9, 100 p., 268.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    Open Access
    850 Citations (Scopus)
    381 Downloads (Pure)