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Nationality  American
Fields  Theoretical physics
Name  Stephen Shenker
Doctoral advisor  John B. Kogut

Role  Physicist
Awards  MacArthur Fellowship
Education  Cornell University
Notable students  Joanne Cohn

Institutions  Stanford University Rutgers University University of Chicago
Alma mater  Harvard University (B.A.) Cornell University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral students  Zongan Qiu Joanne Cohn Jaume Gomis Matthew Kleban Lukasz Fidkowski Sho Yaida
Known for  string theory phase transitions
Notable awards  MacArthur Fellowship American Academy of Arts and Sciences Lars Onsager Prize (2010)
Similar People  Leonard Susskind, Kenneth G Wilson, Carlo Rubbia

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Stephen Hart Shenker (born 1953) is an American theoretical physicist who works on string theory. He is a professor at Stanford University and former director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. His brother Scott Shenker is a computer scientist.


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Shenker's contributions to physics include:

  • Basic results on the phase structure of gauge theories (with Eduardo Fradkin)
  • Basic results on two dimensional conformal field theory and its relation to string theory (with Daniel Friedan, Emil Martinec, Zongan Qiu, and others)
  • The nonperturbative formulation of matrix models of low-dimensional string theory, the first nonperturbative definitions of string theory (with Michael R. Douglas)
  • The discovery of distinctively stringy nonperturbative effects in string theory, later understood to be caused by D-branes. These effects play a major role in string dynamics
  • The discovery of Matrix Theory, the first nonperturbative definition of String/M theory in a physical number of dimensions. Matrix Theory (see Matrix string theory) is an example of a gauge/gravity duality and is now understood to be a special case of the AdS/CFT correspondence (with Tom Banks, Willy Fischler and Leonard Susskind)
  • Basic results on the connection between quantum gravity and quantum chaos (with Douglas Stanford, Juan Maldacena and others)
  • Selected works

  • Fidkowski, Lukasz; Hubeny, Veronika; Kleban, Matthew; Shenker, Stephen (6 February 2004). "The Black Hole Singularity in AdS/CFT". Journal of High Energy Physics. 2004 (2). Bibcode:2004JHEP...02..014F. arXiv:hep-th/0306170 . doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2004/02/014. 
  • References

    Stephen Shenker Wikipedia