Guido Festuccia receives ERC Starting Grant
Guido Festuccia, who joined the NBIA as an Assistant Professor in 2013, has been awarded a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council.
Guido's research aims at shedding light on the dynamics of strongly coupled quantum systems. These are ubiquitous in Nature: they are, for instance, central to many phenomenons in condensed matter (e.g. non-Fermi liquids) and underpin also some of our understanding of nuclear forces. They are however notoriously difficult to study analytically. The research will focus in particular on supersymmetric field theories. Such systems are accessible to analytical studies even at strong coupling while displaying phenomena, like confinement, that occur in Nature. In addition, forthcoming experiments at the LHC have the potential to show if supersymmetry is realized at a more fundamental level in Nature. Insights on the fascinating dynamics of supersymmetric field theories at strong coupling will be obtained by analyzing their dependence on the geometry of space.
The grant will enable Guido to form a research group that will aim to solve some of the multi-faceted and most complex problems associated with strongly coupled quantum field theories, explore their connections with gravity, and make new connections between Physics and Mathematics.