Emil J. Martinec
Professor, Director, Enrico Fermi Institute; University of Chicago
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1984
Phone: (773) 702-7118
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Theoretical physics, string theory, quantum field theory, elementary particles.
My work aims at uncovering the structural foundations of string theory (now often called M-theory), which attempts to unify the basic forces. The theoretical underpinnings of the subject are finally taking shape, due to the discovery of nonperturbative dualities between different descriptions of the theory. The spacetime manifold on which particles and waves propagate is being replaced by a more "stringy" notion of geometry at short distances and/or in strong fields.
One issue of interest to me is how string theory incorporates black holes as quantum states. This problem has turned out to be a rather sensitive probe of the theory, and will likely lead us to new notions of space, time, and dynamics. Cosmology also requires an understanding of the resolution of gravitational singularities, and I am investigating whether techniques used in the resolution of black hole singularities can be applied there.
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