We would like to welcome Alexander Zhiboedov (CERN) as SwissMAP member. He will be joining our Field Theory research project.
Alexander is interested in understanding the space of quantum field theories (QFTs), especially the strongly coupled models. He applies and develops nonperturbative methods of the conformal and S-matrix bootstrap which rely on general principles, such as symmetry and quantum mechanics. One motivation for this work is holography which relates QFTs to quantum gravity in spacetimes with one extra dimension. By understanding the space of consistent QFTs via bootstrap methods one hopes to understand nonperturbative aspects of quantum gravity and string theory, which are hard to probe otherwise.