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Hermann Minkowski

Hermann Minkowski
1864 - 1909




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Louis Vervoort

Vice-Director of the Minkowski Institute

    "Science is disbelief in what the experts say" (Richard Feynman)

Research interests within the Minkowski Institute:

Foundations of physics, philosophy of science, interdisciplinary creativity and innovation (theory and practice)

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Selected articles in philosophy of science and foundations of physics

  • L. Vervoort & Y. Gingras, "Macroscopic Oil Droplets Mimicking Quantum Behaviour: How Far Can We Push an Analogy?" (2016), International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 29:3, 271-294, cf.

  • L. Vervoort, "No-go theorems face background-based theories for quantum mechanics" (2016), Foundations of Physics, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 458-472, cf.

  • L. Vervoort, "Spin-Lattices as a Test Object for Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information" (2015), Quantum Physics Lett. Vol. 4.1, p. 7-15, cf.

  • L. Vervoort, "The Manipulability Account of Causation applied to Typical Physical Systems" (2014), Lato Sensu, Revue de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences, Vol. 1, 62-70 (in English).

  • L. Vervoort, "Bell's Theorem: Two Neglected Solutions", Foundations of Physics (2013) 43: 769-791, cf.

  • L. Vervoort, "Causality Revisited in the Light of Quantum Mechanics", Dialogue, the Canadian Philos. Review (2013) 51: 539-561 (in French, translation available), cf.

  • L. Vervoort, "Supercorrelation: an Interpretation of Quantum Nonlocality", in American Institute of Physics Conf. Proceedings QTRF-6 (Quantum Theory, Reconsideration of Foundations, June 2012, Vaxjo, Sweden), Ed. A. Khrennikov et al., p. 507-513 (2013)

  • L. Vervoort, "The instrumentalist aspects of quantum mechanics stem from probability theory", Am. Inst. Phys. Conf. Proc., FPP6 (Foundations of Probability and Physics, June 2011, Vaxjo, Sweden), Ed. M. D'Ariano et al., p. 348-354 (2012)

  • L. Vervoort, "Bell's Theorem and Nonlinear Systems" (2000), Europhys. Lett. 50 p. 142

Selected articles in physics:

  • L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, and P. Voisin, "Spin-splitting of the subbands of InGaAs-InP and other 'no common atom. quantum wells", Semiconductor Science & Technology 14 (1999) p. 227

  • Vinh Le Thanh, V. Yam, P. Boucaud, F. Fortuna, C. Ulysse, D. Bouchier, L. Vervoort and J.-M. Lourtioz, "Vertically self-organized Ge/Si(001) quantum dots in multilayer structures", Physical Review B 60 (1999) p. 5851

  • T. Guettler, A. Triques, L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, Ph. Roussignol, P. Voisin, D. Rondi, and J. C. Harmand, "Optical polarization relaxation in InxGa1-xAs-based quantum wells: Evidence of the interface symmetry-reduction effect", Phys. Rev. B 58 (1998) p. 10180 (Rapid Communications) :

  • L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, and P. Voisin, "Effects of interface asymmetry on hole subband degeneracies and spin-relaxation rates in quantum wells", Phys. Rev. B. 56 (1997) p. 12744 (Rapid Communications):

  • A. Filonov, A. Kholod, V. Novikov, V. Borisenko, L. Vervoort et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 70 (1997) p. 744:

  • F. Bassani, L.Vervoort et al., Thin Solid Films 279 (1997) p. 179

  • L. Vervoort, A. Saúl, F. Bassani, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "The electronic energy levels of Si-based nanocrystalline materials: theory compared with experiment", Thin Solid Films 279 (1997) p. 163:

  • F. Bassani, L. Vervoort, I. Mihalcescu, J. C. Vial, and F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "Fabrication and Optical Properties of Si/CaF2(111) Multi-Quantum Wells", J. Appl. Phys. 79 (1996) p. 4066

  • S. Ossicini, A. Fasolino, F. Bernardini, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, L. Vervoort et al, in Advanced Nonlinear Materials for Optics and Opto-electronics, ed. V. I. Pustovoy, SPIEE 2777 (1996) pp. 27-37

  • L. Vervoort et al., J. It. Vac. Soc. 14 (1996) p. 7

  • L. Vervoort, F. Bassani, I. Mihalcescu, J. C. Vial, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "Efficient Visible-Light Emission from Si/CaF2(111) Heterostructures Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy", Phys. Stat. Sol. (b) 190 (1995) p. 123

  • F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, L. Vervoort, F. Bassani, S. Ossicini, A. Fasolino and F. Bernardini, "Light Emission at Room Temperature from Si/CaF2 Multilayers", Europhys. Lett. 31 (1995) p. 25

  • F. Bassani, L. Vervoort et al. in Semiconductor Heteroepitaxy, ed. B. Gil and R.-L. Aulombard (World Scientific, Singapore, 1995) pp. 286 - 293

  • F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, F. Bassani, L. Vervoort et al. in Physics, Chemistry and Applications of Nanostructures, ed. V. E. Borisenko, A. B. Filonov (Belorussian Academic Press, Minsk, 1995) pp. 1-17.

  • I. Nikitin, M. Mengel, L. Vervoort, "Inkjet Printing of Metals and Polymers", Internal Report Infineon, Munich, Germany (2008)

  • L. Vervoort, "Calculation of UV Laser Light Scattering from Particles in Micron Range", Internal Report Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen, Germany (2003)


  • 5 in total: list on request. (Some can be found by google patent: US Patent US Patent US7982309, US20090194882, US Patent US20110003440, US Patent US 2009/0032871A1)