Vatche Sahakian


Associate Professor (2003)
PhD Chicago
Theoretical physics, including string theory and cosmology
Office
Jacobs 1224
Phone
909-607-4592 (office)
909-621-8024 (department)
909-621-8887 (fax)
E-Mail
Vatche_Sahakian@hmc.edu
Page
http://sahakian.physics.hmc.edu/

String theory may be viewed as a framework for exploring new exotic ideas on the frontier of theoretical physics. At its heart, the subject aims at describing a consistent theory of quantum gravity, in addition to being a short length scale completion of the Standard Model of particle physics. The subject’s most prevalent successes to date are twofold: convincing evidence that the theory resolves various long standing puzzles arising in black hole physics; and phenomenological realizations of models that appear to mimic the world we see at low energies. While the theory itself as a whole may still evolve beyond its current form, several of the new concepts that it has developed are expected to survive at the foundation of a future formulation of the laws of physics.

My research focus is string theory. I am interested in understanding the small scale structure of space, in a context where both gravitational dynamics and quantum mechanics become important. This realm often involves studying black holes, unravelling exotic dynamics such as non-commutative geometry, and exploring new frameworks that extend the Standard Model of particle physics and standard inflationary cosmology. A list of my publications can be found at the preprint arxiv.


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Course Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00–09:50
Physics 51
Shan 3421

10:00–10:50
Physics 51
Shan 3421

13:15–14:05
Physics 51
Shan 3421

14:45–16:00
Physics 49A
Shan 3421

09:00–09:50
Physics 51
Shan 3421

10:00–10:50
Physics 51
Shan 3421

13:15–14:05
Physics 51
Shan 3421

14:45–16:00
Physics 49A
Shan 3421