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Daniel L. Jafferis

Associate Professor of Physics

Prof. Jafferis   Jefferson 475
17 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 384-9488
jafferis@fas.harvard.edu

 Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature

Administrative Assistant: Cassandra Fradera
Jefferson 464 • cfradera@fas.harvard.edu


The research of Daniel Jafferis involves string theory, supersymmetric quantum field theory, and quantum gravity. String theory unifies many fundamental questions in theoretical physics, including the search for a complete description of quantum gravity, and the behavior of systems at strong coupling.

Jafferis was one of the discoverers of the low energy three dimensional superconformal Chern-Simons-matter theory describing multiple M2 branes, which led to a new concrete arena for the gauge-gravity correspondence. His past work on supersymmetric quantum field theories in three dimensions involved finding an exact method for determining the dimensions of all chiral primary operators in strongly coupled conformal field theories, and the formulation a monotonic quantity for all renormalization group flows in three dimensions. Jafferis's current research focuses on understanding quantum gravity using the gauge/gravity correspondence, entanglement entropy, and exact results in supersymmetric systems.

 List of Publications