Introducing three new Associate Faculty members at Perimeter
Anton Burkov is a theoretical quantum matter physicist. A faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Burkov’s research focuses on strongly correlated many-particle physics and the interplay of strong correlations and nontrivial electronic structure topology. His recent work includes pioneering studies of topological semimetals. His research has connections to other fields of physics, including particle physics and quantum computing.
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Theo Johnson-Freyd is a mathematical physicist cross-appointed with Dalhousie University. Johnson-Freyd, who recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship at Perimeter, studies applications of higher category theory and homotopy theory to quantum field theory and to quantum matter. This year, he was named as an inaugural member of the newly established Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetries.
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Sergey Sibiryakov’s research interests span the breadth of scales: from high energy physics (including particle physics experiments) to cosmology, astrophysics, the theory of gravity, and sometimes the more formal questions of quantum field theory. Cross-appointed with McMaster University, Sibiryakov is looking forward to forging new connections at Perimeter, particularly with young researchers. “Students have fresh eyes on things,” he said. “They start asking questions that would not come to your mind. That’s very important.”
In addition to strengthening research capacity, Perimeter’s Associate program establishes and reinforces partnerships with other institutions. Perimeter now has 21 Associate Faculty cross-appointed with seven universities across Canada, and with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.
Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.