Juan Maldacena


Date of Birth 10 September 1968
Place Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nomination 9 April 2013
Field Physics
Title Professor

Most important awards, prizes and academies
2012, Milner Foundation Fundamental Physics Prize; 2012, I.Ya.Pomeranchuk Prize; 2008, ICTP Dirac Medal; 2007, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics; 2004, Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University; 2004, APS Edward A. Bouchet Award; 2002, Pius XI Medal; 2001, Xanthopoulos Prize in General Relativity; 2000, Sackler Prize in Physics; 1999, UNESCO Husein Prize for Young Scientists; 1999, MacArthur Fellowship; 1998, Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering; 1998, Sloan Fellowship. Professor Maldacena is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Summary of scientific research
Professor Maldacena has worked on quantum gravity and string theory, searching for a consistent quantum mechanical description of spacetime. He studied quantum aspects of black holes according to string theory. He proposed an equivalence between quantum hyperbolic spacetimes and quantum field theories living on their boundaries. This has provided a complete quantum description of black holes as seen from the outside. In addition, this relation has been used by various groups to model strongly interacting systems of quantum particles. He has also worked on some aspects of cosmological perturbations in the theory of inflation.

Main publications
N=6 superconformal Chern-Simons-matter theories, M2-branes and their gravity duals, Ofer Aharony, Oren Bergman, Daniel Louis Jafferis, Juan Maldacena. Jun 2008. 41 pp. Published in JHEP 0810 (2008) 091, WIS-12-08-JUN-DPP, DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/2008/10/091; Towards inflation in string theory, Shamit Kachru, Renata Kallosh, Andrei D. Linde, Juan Martin Maldacena, Liam P. McAllister, Sandip P. Trivedi. Aug 2003. 41 pp. Published in JCAP 0310 (2003) 013 SLAC-PUB-9669, SU-ITP-03-18, TIFR-TH-03-06, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2003/10/013; Non-Gaussian features of primordial fluctuations in single field inflationary models, Juan Martin Maldacena. Oct 2002. 38 pp. Published in JHEP 0305 (2003) 013; Strings in flat space and pp waves from N=4 superYang-Mills, David Eliecer Berenstein, Juan Martin Maldacena, Horatiu Stefan Nastase. Feb 2002. 36 pp. Published in JHEP 0204 (2002) 013; Gluon scattering amplitudes at strong coupling, Luis F. Alday, Juan Martin Maldacena. May 2007. 29 pp. Published in JHEP 0706 (2007) 064 SPIN-07-16, ITP-UU-07-24, DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/2007/06/064; Wilson loops in large N field theories, Juan Martin Maldacena. Mar 1998. 11 pp. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 80 (1998) 4859-4862, HUTP-98-A014, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.4859; Supergravity and the large N limit of theories with sixteen supercharges, Nissan Itzhaki, Juan Martin Maldacena, Jacob Sonnenschein, Shimon Yankielowicz. Feb 1998. 24 pp. Published in Phys.Rev. D58 (1998) 046004 TAUP-2474-98, HUTP-98-A003, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.58.046004; The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity, Juan Martin Maldacena. Nov 1997. 19 pp. Published in Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252 HUTP-98-A097; D-brane approach to black hole quantum mechanics, Curtis G. Callan, Juan Martin Maldacena. Feb 1996. 18 pp. Published in Nucl.Phys. B472 (1996) 591-610 PUPT-1591, DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(96)00225-8.

Professional address

Institute for Advanced Study
1 Einstein Dr.
Princeton, NJ 08540