Andy Strominger
Director, Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature
Using a variety of approaches, Professor Strominger’s research has endeavored to shed light on unsolved problems including the unification of forces and particles, the origin of the universe and the quantum structure of black holes and event horizons.
His recent research has focused on universal aspects of black holes and horizons, which do not depend on detailed microphysical assumptions. A new conformal symmetry of rapidly spinning black holes was discovered6 and used to explain how they holographically store quantum information. Strominger and coworkers found a mathematically precise mathematical relation between the Navier-Stokes and Einstein equation7, demonstrating that horizons evolve as incompressible fluids and providing a bridge between fluid dynamics and general relativity. Very recent efforts have addressed the quantum structure of the cosmological horizons which likely surround us8.
- "Vacuum Configurations for Superstrings," P. Candelas, G. Horowitz, A. Strominger, E. Witten, Nucl. Phys. B 258:46-74, 1985.
- "Black strings and P-branes," G. Horowitz, A. Strominger, Nucl. Phys. B 360:197-209, 1991.
- "Microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy," A. Strominger, C. Vafa, Phys. Lett. B 379:99-104, 1996. hep-th/9601029.
- "Mirror symmetry is T duality," A. Strominger, S.T. Yau, E. Zaslow, Nucl. Phys. B 479:243-259, 1996. hep-th/9606040.
- "Black hole attractors and the topological string," H. Ooguri, A. Strominger and C. Vafa, Phys. Rev. D 70:106007, 2004. hep-th/0405146.
- "The Kerr/CFT Correspondence," M. Guica, T. Hartman, W. Song, and A. Strominger, Phys. Rev. D 80:124008, 2009. hep-th/0809.4266.
- "From Navier-Stokes To Einstein," I. Bredberg, V. Lysov, C. Keeler, and A. Strominger, hep-th/1101.2451. 2011.
- "Higher Spin Realization of the dS/CFT Correspondence," D. Anninos, T. Hartman and A. Strominger, 2011. hep-th/1108.5735.
Public Lectures:
- Quantum Gravity and String Theory: The Past, the Present and the Future, Princeton, Strings 2014.
- The Edges of the Universe: Black Holes, Horizons and Strings, The Royal Society, May, 2012.
- Black Holes: the Harmonic Oscillators of the 21rst Century, Harvard Physics Video Archive, September, 2010.
- String Theory, Black Holes and the Fundamental Laws of Nature, Harvard@Home, April, 2007.
List of Publications (INSPIRE)