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College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematical Physics

Mathematical physics involves using techniques from mathematics to formulate and solving problems in physics as well as applying insights from physics to the solution of problems in mathematics.  The Mathematical Physics program offers advanced training for students in the overlapping areas of mathematics, theoretical physics and their applications from a unified point of view and promotes research in the field.

This program is administered in conjunction with the Department of  Mathematics leading to a Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Physics.  While no master’s degree is offered, a student may qualify for a master’s degree in mathematics or physics during the course of study.  Normally a student enters the program at the beginning of the second year of graduate study.


  • Mike Berger (particle theory)
  • John Challifour (Emeritus, quantum field theory, functional analysis)
  • Herbert Fertig (condensed matter theory)
  • Robert Glassey (kinetic theory, partial differential equations, numerical analysis)
  • David Hoff (mathematical fluid mechanics, partial differential equations)
  • Michael Jolly (non-linear differential equations, turbulence, numerical simulation)
  • Paul Kirk (four manifolds, geometry)
  • Alan Kostelecky (particle theory, symmetries in physics)
  • Andrew Lenard (Emeritus, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics)
  • Roger Newton (Emeritus,quantum mechanics, history of physics)
  • Gerardo Ortiz (strongly correlated quantum systems, quantum information, critical phenomena, topological quantum order)
  • Brian Serot (nuclear theory)
  • Peter Sternberg (non-linear partial differential equations, Ginzburg-Landau equation, superconductivity)
  • Vladimir Touraev (knot theory, quantum groups)
  • Kevin Zumbrun (conservation laws, non-linear partial differential equations)

Chair and Academic Advisor
Professor Mike Berger, Swain Hall West 235, (812) 855-2609

Mathematical Physics - IU Bulletin