Jonathan Feng works at the interface of particle physics and cosmology with the goal of elucidating deep connections between our understanding of the Universe at the smallest and largest length scales. In recent years, the fields of cosmology and particle physics have become increasingly interconnected. The workhorses tool of particle physics, giant colliders, like the
Ashvin Vishwanath is a theoretical physicist who studies fundamental aspects of quantum systems composed of many interacting particles, such as electrons in solids and atomic gases at low temperatures. His contributions include identifying the key role played by "hedgehog" configurations in certain phase transitions, the peculiar properties of crystalline defects in topological insulators, and elucidating
Robert P. Kirshner is Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Caltech. He was a postdoc at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for nine years. In 1986, he moved to the
Scott Hughes is Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998. Following short postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois and at Caltech,
Martin White is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California Berkeley, and a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. White received his Bachelor of Science (1988) from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in mathematical physics. He attended an honors program (particle physics theory) in Tasmania for 9 months (1989), and then
Brazilian-born Márcio Catelan is among the most talented astrophysicists in Latin America. First drawn to astronomy as a boy by Carl Sagen’s Cosmos television series, he excelled in math and physics and quickly stood out among other undergraduates at the University of São Paulo, winning a scholarship to carry out research in the university’s Mathematical Physics Department of
Physicist Gustavo Burdman was born in Buenos Aires and received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Buenos Aires in 1987. Since opportunities to work in his preferred field of theoretical particle physics were scarce in Argentina, Mr. Burdman then came to the United States to continue his studies. After earning his Ph.D.
Igor R. Klebanov is a theoretical physicist who has authored over 175 articles on subjects ranging from quantum field theory and particle physics to string theory and cosmology. Klebanov has done foundational research on exact relations between quantum gauge theory and string theory. In particular, he helped formulate the widely used AdS/CFT dictionary which relates