Alexander B. Zamolodchikov
Born (1952-09-18) 18 September 1952 (age 71)
Alma materInstitute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Known for2D Conformal Field theory
Zamolodchikov C-theorem
Knizhnik–Zamolodchikov equations
W algebra
Conformal bootstrap
Liouville field theory
Parafermion
TTbar deformation
AwardsDannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics
Humboldt Prize
Blaise Pascal Chair
Lars Onsager Prize
Dirac Medal
Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical Physics
Statistical Mechanics
High Energy Physics
Conformal Field Theory
Statistical field theory
Condensed Matter Physics
Integrable Systems
Doctoral advisorKaren Ter-Martirosian

Alexander Borisovich Zamolodchikov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Бори́сович Замоло́дчиков; born September 18, 1952) is a Russian physicist, known for his contributions conformal field theory, and statistical mechanics, and subsequently string theory and condensed matter physics.

He is widely regarded as one the most accomplished Theoretical Physicist[1] for his profound contribution to fundamentals of physics especially to Quantum Field Theories for which he was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics[1] in 2024. He is currently the C.N. Yang – Wei Deng Endowed Chair of Physics at Stony Brook University.[2]

Biography

Born in Novo-Ivankovo, now part of Dubna, Zamolodchikov earned a M.Sc. in nuclear engineering (1975) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a Ph.D. in physics from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (1978). He joined the research staff of Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (1978) where he got an honorary doctorate (1983).

He co-authored the famous BPZ paper "Infinite Conformal Symmetry in Two-Dimensional Quantum Field Theory",[3] with Alexander Polyakov and Alexander Belavin.[3][4]

He joined Rutgers University (1990) where he co-founded Rutgers New High Energy Theory Center, and was named Board of Governors Professor (2005).[5]

In 2016, he became the inaugural holder of the C. N. Yang/Wei Deng Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University.[6]

He is the twin brother of the late Alexei Zamolodchikov (1952–2007), also a noted physicist.[7]

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Zamolodchikov Shares $3M Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics". 2023-09-14. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  2. ^ "INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED PHYSICIST APPOINTED AS CHEN NING YANG – WEI DENG ENDOWED CHAIR IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY". Stony Brook University. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2023.
  3. ^ a b Belavin AA; Polyakov AM; Zamolodchikov AB (1984). "Infinite conformal symmetry in two-dimensional quantum field theory". Nucl. Phys. B. 241 (2): 333–80. Bibcode:1984NuPhB.241..333B. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(84)90052-X.
  4. ^ "Princeton celebrates Polyakov's 60th". CERN Courier (March 1): 2. 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  5. ^ Alexander Zamolodchikov Named Board of Governors Professor of Physics Archived 2016-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Stony Brook Physics & Astronomy: News". www.physics.sunysb.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  7. ^ Alexei Zamolodchikov 1952–2007 Archived 2018-01-14 at the Wayback Machine from CERN (January 1, 2008)
  8. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14.
  9. ^ "BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2024 LAUREATES IN LIFE SCIENCES, FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS, AND MATHEMATICS". Breakthrough Prize. 14 September 2023. Retrieved 14 September 2023.