Anton Kapustin

Anton Nikolayevich Kapustin (born November 10, 1971, Moscow) is a Russian-American theoretical physicist and the Earle C. Anthony Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, and a former member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University.[1] His interests lie in quantum field theory and string theory, and their applications to particle physics and condensed matter theory. He is the son of the pianist-composer Nikolai Kapustin.[2]

Anton Kapustin
Anton Nikolayevich Kapustin

(1971-11-10) November 10, 1971
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materMoscow State University (B.S.),
California Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
InstitutionsMoscow State University
California Institute of Technology
Institute for Advanced Study
ThesisTopics in Heavy Quark Physics (1997)
Doctoral advisorJohn Preskill


Kapustin obtained a B.S. in physics from Moscow State University in 1993 and he received a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1997 with John Preskill as his advisor.


He has made several important contributions to dualities and other aspects of quantum field theories, in particular topological field theories and supersymmetric gauge theories. With Edward Witten he discovered deep connections between the S-duality of supersymmetric gauge theories and the geometric Langlands correspondence. In recent years, he has focused on mathematical structures in and classification schemes of topological field theories and symmetry protected topological phases.


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