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Geometry and Mathematical Physics

∙ Integrable systems in relation with differential, algebraic and symplectic geometry, as well as with the theory of random matrices, special functions and nonlinear waves, Frobenius manifolds • Deformation theory, moduli spaces of sheaves and of curves, in relation with supersymmetric gauge theories, strings, Gromov-Witten invariants, orbifolds and automorphisms
• Quantum groups, noncommutative Riemannian and spin geometry, applications to models in mathematical physics
• Mathematical methods of quantum mechanics
• Mathematical aspects of quantum Field Theory and String 
Theory
• Symplectic geometry, sub-riemannian geometry

• Geometry of quantum fields and strings

Mathematical Methods of Quantum Mechanics

Research topics

We apply geometric, functional-analytic, algebraic, and operator-theoretic methods to the study of models and problems of relevance for quantum mechanics, mainly arising from solid state physics and and theoretical physics.
  • Many-body quantum dynamics and effective non-linear Schrödinger equations
  • Multi-scale methods and emergent effects in quantum systems
  • Well-posedness, dispersive, and scattering properties of non-linear PDEs for quantum dynamics (NLS, Hartree, Schrödinger-Maxwell, non-linear delta)
  • Self-adjoint extensions techniques and application to quantum models
  • Quantum systems with zero-range interactions
  • Quantum particles constrained on graphs and surfaces
  • Models for quantum decoherence
  • Topological and geometric effects in solid state physics
  • C*-algebraic quantum statistical mechanics

Principal Investigators

Research Students

Main External Collaborators

Local Activities

Joint projects

  • COND-MATH 2014-2017
    FIR-MIUR grant "Condensed Matter in Mathematical Physics"
  • CAS-LMU 2013-2014
    Research in Residence at the Centre for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich
  • NANOMATH 2006-2007
    INdAM project "Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Analysis of Quantum Systems with Applications to Nanosciences"

Workshops and Conferences

    Scientific events co-organised by us, or participated by us as speakers.

  • ZR3-2018
    Workshop "Mathematical Challenges of Zero-Range Physics: rigorous results and open problems"
    Rome, 9-13 July 2018
  • MCQM-2018
    School and workshop "Mathematical challenges in quantum mechanics"
    Rome, 19-24 February 2018
  • TQMS-2018
    Conference "Trails in Quantum Mechanics and Surroundings"
    SISSA Trieste, 29-30 January 2018
  • Insubria-2017
    Conference "Insubria Summer School in Mathematical Physics"
    Como, 18-22 September 2017
  • HAST-PDE-2017
    Summer school and workshop "Harmonic Analysis, Spectral Theory, and PDEs"
    Rome, 12-15 September 2017
  • STDE-2017
    5th Najman conference on "Spectral Theory and Differential Equation"
    Opatija, 10-15 September 2017
  • Cortona-2017
    Summer School "Nonlinear dispersive PDE, quantum many-particle systems, and the world between"
    Cortona, 17-28 July 2017
  • CTMP-2017
    Summer School "Current topics in Mathematical Physics"
    Zurich, 17-21 July 2017
  • JTQD-2017
    Junior Symposium "The Junior Trieste Quantum Days 2017"
    SISSA, Trieste 12 and 19 May 2017
  • TSQD 2017
    Conference "Trieste Quantum Days 2017"
    SISSA, Trieste 20-24 February 2017
  • Dirac 2017
    Workshop "Linear and Nonlinear Dirac Equation: advances and open problems"
    Como, 8-10 February 2017
  • ZR2-2016
    Workshop "Mathematical Challenges of Zero-Range Physics: rigorous results and open problems"
    SISSA, 7-10 November 2016
  • SAMMP-2016
    Conference "Stochastic and analytic methods in Mathematical Physics"
    Yerevan, 4-11 September 2016
  • SMP-2016
    Summer school "Universality, Scaling Limits, and Effective Theories"
    Rome, 11-15 July 2016
  • CT-MQM-2016
    Workshop "Contemporary trends in the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics"
    Rome, 4-8 July 2016
  • TQD-2016
    Workshop "Trieste Quantum Days: solid, stat, et al"
    Trieste, 21-23 June 206
  • Solid Math 2016
    Conference "Solid Math"
    Aalborg, 26-28 May 2016
  • MCQM-2016
    School and workshop "Mathematical challenges in quantum mechanics"
    Bressanone, 8-13 February 2016
  • Toulouse-2015
    Workshop "Modelling and Numerics for Quantum Systems"
    Toulouse 2-4 September 2015
  • TQMS-2015
    Conference "Trails in Quantum Mechanics and Surroundings"
    Como, 8-10 July 2015
  • Dynamics Days 2015
    Conference "Dynamics Days Central Asia in Khiva"
    Khiva, 25-27 May 2015
  • SPMP 2014
    Conference "Selected Problems in Mathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics, Many-Body Quantum Physics and PDEs "
    La Spezia, 1-5 September 2014
  • SOLID MATH 2014
    Conference "Solid Math"
    SISSA Trieste, 16-19 June 2014
  • MCZR 2014
    Workshop "Mathematical Challenges of zero-range Physics"
    CAS-LMU Munich, 26-28 February 2014
  • TQM 2013
    Conference "Trails in Quantum Mechanics and surroundings"
    Frascati, 29 January - 2 February 2013
  • TNCL 2011
    Workshop "Trails in a non-commutative land"
    SISSA Trieste, 18-20 May 20011
  • MMQM 2011
    Fourth School and Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics
    Bressanone, 16-21 February 2011
  • SDD 2010
    Workshop "Solitary and Dispersive Days"
    Milano, 13-17 December 2010
  • MMQM 2009
    School and Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics
    Bressanone, 16-21 February 2009
  • ATMP 2008
    Conference on Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
    Napoli, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, March 2008
  • MAQSA 2007
    Workshop "Multiscale Analysis for Quantum Systems"
    Roma, October 24th - 26th, 2007
  • IPS 2007
    Workshop "Interacting particle systems. A classical, quantum and stochastic perspective"
    Milano "Bicocca", October 22nd - 23rd, 2007
  • MMQM 2007
    School and Workshop "Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics"
    Bressanone, February 26th - March 3rd, 2007
  • Boltzmann Symposium
    Atoms, Irreversibility and Entropy after 100 years: an appraisal of Boltzmann's ideas
    München, Germany, October 11th-13th, 2006
  • mpmMQ06
    Metodi e problemi matematici in Meccanica Quantistica
    Modena, October 5th-7th, 2006
  • DS_CQS06
    Dynamical Systems: Classical, Quantum and Stochastic
    Roma, Italy, October 2nd-5th, 2006
  • OTAMP 2006
    Operator Theory, Analysis and Mathematical

Quantum Groups and Noncommutative Geometry

to get in touch, please visit the agenda of Mathematical Physics′ activities

Research topics

  • Dirac operators on quantum homogeneous spaces, construction of spectral triples, and applications to models in mathematical physics.
  • Noncommutative generalization of Borsuk-Ulam and Brouwer fixed-point theorems, and non-contractibility of compact quantum groups.
  • Index theory, invariants of elliptic operators, applications of noncommutative geometry and KK-theory (bounded and unbounded) to the study of the geometry and topology of manifolds.
  • ADHM construction of noncommutative instatons in SUq(2) gauge theories. Non commutative moduli spaces.
  • Representations of SUq(2) at roots of unity and extensions of the spin covering with applications to exotic statistics.

Links

Weekly seminar of the group of Noncommutative Geometry, SISSA and Università di Trieste. Noncommutative geometry, a blog on noncommutative Geometry.
noncommutativegeometry.nl, noncommutative Geometry and particle Physics blog.

Events

Algebraic Geometry

Research topics

  • Construction of virtual classes and their use to define enumerative invariants; properties of the invariants and methods for their computations. Extension to orbifolds/smooth Deligne-Mumford algebraic stacks of constructions for manifolds, in particular Gromov-Witten invariants and Chen-Ruan cohomology.
  • Moduli spaces, such as moduli of (decorated) sheaves (including principal bundles, Higgs bundles, coherent systems, instantons), stable maps, varieties and Hilbert and Quot schemes. Deformation theory and additional structures such as algebraic stacks and dg-schemes. Hitchin-Kobayashi correspondence.
  • Applications to and relations with topological field theories and string theory.
  • Equivariant cohomology and localization formulas.

Integrable Systems, Frobenius Manifolds and Nonlinear Waves

Research Topics

  • Frobenius manifolds and quantum cohomologies.
  • Isomonodromy deformations with applications to the geometry of Frobenius manifolds and Painleve' type equations.
  • Moduli spaces in the theory of integrable systems.
  • Theory of nonlinear waves, oscillatory behavior, critical phenomena Painleve' equations and Riemann-Hilbert problems.
  • Theta-functions of Riemann surfaces, Painleve' transcendents and other special functions in integrable systems and nonlinear waves.
  • Integrable structures in random matrix theory and other random objects.

Seminars

Current Master Students

Future Conferences

Workshops and Conferences

COFIN and PRIN

  • Italian MIUR Research Project: Geometric and analytic theory of Hamiltonian systems in finite and infinite dimensions, 2013-2015, 2010-2011, 2007-2008, 2005-2006. P.I. B. Dubrovin, co-P.I. G. Falqui, T. Grava, D. Guzzetti.

European Networks

Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Purpose of the PhD Course

The PhD program in Geometry and Mathematical Physics focuses on the study of analytic and geometric aspects of physical phenomena that are of fundamental interest in both pure and applied sciences and covers wide spectrum of topics in modern algebraic and differential geometry and their applications.

Courses

Click here for the spring schedule of the courses.

 

Research Topics

  • Integrable systems in relation with differential, algebraic and symplectic geometry, as well as with the theory of random matrices, special functions and nonlinear waves, Frobenius manifolds
  • Deformation theory and virtual classes for moduli spaces of sheaves and of curves, in relation with supersymmetric gauge theories, strings, Gromov-Witten invariants, orbifolds and automorphisms
  • Quantum groups, noncommutative Riemannian and spin geometry, applications to models in mathematical physics
  • Mathematical methods of quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical aspects of quantum Field Theory and String Theory
  • Symplectic geometry, sub-riemannian geometry, stochastic geometry, real algebraic geometry
  • Geometry of quantum fields and strings
  • Complex differential geometry
  • Generalized complex geometry

Lecture series

Seminars

iGAP

Geometers and Physicists collaborate within the iGAP project.

 

Admission to PhD Program

The Mathematics area at SISSA offers a doctoral program focused on Geometry and Mathematical Physics (GMP) and targeted to excellent students.

The GMP graduate program is entirely taught in English, and covers various topics of modern mathematics: algebraic geometry; real and complex differential geometry; stochastic and real algebraic geometry; non-commutative geometry; integrable structures in mathematics and physics, random matrices; special functions; nonlinear waves; geometry of strings and quantum fields; mathematical methods of quantum physics.

Students at SISSA have the possibility of studying and doing research in an international and active environment, interacting closely with professors and postdocs.

The GMP graduate program is structured as follows: during the first year, the students will complete their preparation by attending graduate courses (here is the list of the current courses), and the remaining years are dedicated exclusively to research.

Benefits for our students include:

  • mentoring programs
  • funding for summer schools and conferences
  • funding for 4 years (12 months/year stipend)
  • no teaching load (some light teaching is possible, if desired)
  • on-site kindergarten and maternity leave contribution
  • contribution toward housing expenses
  • language courses
  • rich seminar activity

Trieste is an international city, with a low cost of living. Together with ICTP, the University of Trieste, iGAP, and the AREA Science Park, SISSA contributes to make Trieste the perfect city for graduate studies.

SISSA promotes international research and our PhD program also has co-tutelle supervisions with many European institutions.

Deadline for applications: 03 February 2022
Interviews: 14--18 February 2022 (remotely)

Courses start on October 1st 2022.

The application process starts here.
For any inquiries, please write to: phd@sissa.it or visit the dedicated webpage.

 

PhD Coordinator for Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Faculty

Former Faculty Members

Former Professors

Visiting Professors

External Collaborators

Temporary Scientific Staff

PhD Students

Fourth Year Students

Third Year Students

Second Year Students

First Year Students

 

Previous PhD Theses

Click here to see the previous PhD Theses.

 

Regulation

Click here to see the regulation of this Ph.D. course (in Italian).

Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Physics and Geometry are among the most rapidly developing branches of Pure and Applied Mathematics. The core activity of the SISSA group focuses on topics which are attracting a wide interest from the international scientific community. 

Group picture

 

Research Topics

The research of this group is diverse and multidisciplinary. Professors, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students face problems in integrable systems, in relation with differential, symplectic and algebraic geometry, as well as special functions and nonlinear waves; noncommutative geometry, geometry of strings and quantum fields and mathematical methods of quantum physics; stochastic geometry and real algebraic geometry. The will to understand the intimate connection between Physics and Geometry has lead to a collaboration between different areas of research at SISSA, culminating in the iGAP project.

Faculty

Former Faculty Members

Former Professors

Visiting Professors

External Collaborators

Temporary Scientific Staff

Seminars

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Events and Workshops

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Publications

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