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High Energy Theory

The research effort of the high energy theory group covers a wide range of fields, including general quantum field theory, string theory, quantum gravity models in various dimensions, the theory of turbulence, particle cosmology, and also computer simulations of problems that arise in these areas.

The activity in string theory and quantum gravity is aimed at developing a quantum theory that incorporates the physics of gravity and is valid down to the smallest length scales, where conventional quantum field theory can no longer be applied. There has been rapid progress in this area in recent years, in part due to work of Princeton faculty and students, and it continues to be a fertile source of research problems.

Black hole theory provides an important testing ground for the quantum theory of gravity and in recent work significant progress has been achieved in explaining black hole entropy and Hawking radiation from a more fundamental point of view. Work on quantum black holes has lead to new relations between strings and non-Abelian gauge theory. This application of string theory has already provided new insights into strongly coupled gauge theories, and it continues to be an exciting area.

Members of the high energy theory group are also involved in cross-disciplinary research, applying field theoretic techniques to a variety of problems, including turbulent flow, dissipative quantum systems, and the quantum Hall effect, to name a few.

Phenomenology at Princeton:

The high energy physics theory group maintains an active involvement in phenomenology.

Curtis G. Callan: Particle physics, string theory and conformal field theory, quantum theory of black holes, condensed matter applications of field theory techniques. Steven S. Gubser: String theory, black holes, gauge theories, phase transitions, aspects of theoretical cosmology.
Christopher Herzog: String theory, quantum field theory, applications of string theory to nuclear and condensed matter physics. Igor Klebanov: String theory, black holes, gauge theories.
Chiara R. Nappi: mathematical physics and nuclear physics (past); particle physics and string theory (current) Alexander Polyakov: String theory, field theory, quark confinement, turbulence, cosmology.

Paul J. Steinhardt: Inflationary cosmology; dark matter and dark energy; string cosmology; quasicrystals. Herman Verlinde: String theory, black holes, quantum field theory.
LianTao Wang: Phenomenology of new physics beyond the Standard Model. New physics signals at the LHC.  
A S S O C I A T E D    F A C U L T Y:
Stephen Adler (IAS) Juan Maldacena (IAS) 
Nathan Seiberg (IAS) Ed Witten (IAS)


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