Mathematisches Institut der Universität Heidelberg
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(At right: myself. At left: Ben Knudsen. Photo credit: L.P.M.)
I've just started (October 2016) as a postdoc at the University of Heidelberg, working in Johannes Walcher's group at the Mathematisches Institut. Previously, I was a graduate student in particle physics at Caltech, under Sergei Gukov. As part of my new duties, I'm helping to organize the Über-Seminar „Physical Mathematics“, together with Richard Eager.
During graduate school, I was interested in a range of things which, depending on your perspective, could be described as fairly wide or unbelievably narrow. Most, at least loosely speaking, are mathematical aspects of quantum field theory. The list has included topological quantum field theory, knot homologies, moduli spaces, arithmetic geometry, real homotopy theory, and quantization, and has recently expanded to include discrete models of holography and a smattering of quantum information theory.
For a tour of some of these ideas, take a look at this introductory review I coauthored a surprising number of years ago now, which is written with a non-specialist audience in mind. There are also videos available of lectures I gave in summer 2015, discussing a similar story with an eye toward arithmetic. More about that should appear (I hope) sometime soon.
List of publications
Talks and travel
If for some reason you'd like a CV that addresses more than what's here, or just feel like a little Kaffeeklatsch, please don't hesitate to send me an email.