Philipp Kleinert

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Philipp Kleinert

Graduate Student

I am a second year PhD student at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics working under the supervision of Andrei Starinets. I began my undergraduate studies in Heidelberg, Germany, where I finished my BSc with a thesis on conformal field theories in string theory under the supervision of Timo Weigand. I did my MSc at Imperial College in London where I graduated with a dissertation about integrability and the AdS/CFT correspondence under the supervision of Arkady Tseytlin.

My area of research is the AdS/CFT correspondence, or more generally gauge/string dualities and holography. These describe deep and surprising connections between theories of gravity (string theory and supergravity) and lower dimensional gauge theories. Moreover, they link the non-perturbative regime of gauge theories to the perturbative regime of gravity and vice versa. My current work is focused on using the correspondence to understand non-equilibrium processes in field theories. In particular, I study thermalization of field theories after quantum quenches by analysing dual collapsing shell models and black hole formation.