Pappalardo Fellows

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-2014

Silviu Pufu, Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-14

Name: Silviu Pufu

Title(s): Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-2014

Email: spufu@MIT.EDU

Phone: (617) 253-4823


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 6C-409
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

String Theory

Research Interests

Silviu Pufu's research interests span a wide range of topics in string theory, including applications of string theory to the study of heavy-ion collisions and many-body physics; metastability in string theory compactifications; and more formal topics such as understanding the number of degrees of freedom on coincident M2-branes. The common theme of his research so far has been the use of the gauge / string correspondence in learning about strongly-interacting quantum systems.

Biographical Sketch

Silviu Pufu is currently a graduate student at Princeton University where he works with Professors Steven Gubser, Christopher Herzog, and Igor Klebanov. Before starting graduate school, Silviu received his A.B. degree in Physics, also from Princeton University, in 2007.

Selected Publications

  • S. S. Gubser, S. S. Pufu, and A. Yarom, “Sonic booms and diffusion wakes generated by a heavy quark in thermal AdS/CFT,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 012301, arXiv:0706.4307 [hep-th].
  • S. S. Gubser and S. S. Pufu, “The Gravity dual of a p-wave superconductor,” JHEP 11 (2008) 033, arXiv:0805.2960.
  • S. S. Gubser, C. P. Herzog, S. S. Pufu, and T. Tesileanu, “Superconductors from superstrings,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103 (2009) 141601, arXiv:0907.3510.
  • C. P. Herzog, I. R. Klebanov, S. S. Pufu, and T. Tesileanu, “Multi-matrix models and tri-Sasaki Einstein spaces," Phys. Rev. D83 (2011) 046001, arXiv:1011.5487.