Andrei Starinets

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Andrei Starinets

University Lecturer in Theoretical Physics

My Theoretical Physics homepage is here.

My research is focused on applications of superstring theory to studies of strongly interacting systems at finite temperature and density. Newly developed string theory technique known as the gauge/gravity duality relates transport properties of strongly coupled plasmas (their viscosities, thermal conductivities, diffusion constants) to excitation spectra of black holes in dual curved spacetimes. By computing transport coefficients for these theoretical models, one gets qualitative insights into physics of strongly coupled hot and dense nuclear matter created in heavy ion collision experiments at RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider in Brookhaven national Lab, USA) and LHC (Large Hadron Collider, CERN).

Publications

I am a Tutorial Fellow at St John's college

Tutorials: Symmetry & Relativity (Michaelmas Term, except 2013-2016), General Relativity & Cosmology (Hilary Term)

Lecture courses:

Advanced Quantum Mechanics (S18): Hilary Term 2015, 2014, 2013

Topics in Gauge-String Duality (graduate course): Trinity Term 2016, 2014, 2012

See my Theoretical Physics homepage for more information including courses materials.