Mikhail Shifman
Ida Cohen Fine Chair in
Theoretical Physics
 

 
   
 

Postal Address:
William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

E-mail: shifman@physics.umn.edu
Office: 428 Tate Laboratory of Physics
Phone: (612) 626-0723
Fax: (612) 626-8606

 


 

CURRICULUM VITAE  


   

BORN: April 4, 1949; RIGA, LATVIA
     
EDUCATION

  Ph.D. - Theoretical & Mathematical Physics
Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP)
Moscow, USSR

Dissertation: Non-Leptonic Decays of Strange Particles in QCD and Related Topics

1976  

     
  Diploma with Honors (Masters Degree Equivalent)
Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology
Moscow, USSR

Thesis: The Problem of the Two-Muon Decays of K_L

1966-1972  

      
RESEARCH POSITIONS

  Professor (with Tenure) and Member
        Theoretical Physics Institute
        School of Physics and Astronomy
        University of Minnesota
 

1990 - Present  

  Professor (equivalent)
Senior Researcher
Junior Researcher
        Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP), Moscow, USSR

 1983-1990  
1981-1983  
1975-1981  

      
HONORS AND AWARDS

  Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Research Awards (Germany)

Fellow of The American Physical Society

J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences

1993  

1997  

1999  

1993, 1996  

      
RESEARCH: KEY STAGES

 
1974-1976      The penguin mechanism of flavor changing hadron (quark) transitions introduced. (JETP Lett. 22 (1975) 55; Nucl. Phys. B120 (1977) 316; JETP 45 (1977) 670).    
       
1978-1981     Deriving a new class of low-energy theorems stemming from the trace anomaly of QCD. (Phys. Lett 78B (1978) 443; Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 30 (1979) 716; Nucl. Phys. B191 (1981) 301).    
       
1977-1979   Gluon condensate introduced; the QCD Sum Rule method relating the properties of the low-lying hadronic states to the vacuum condensates ("SVZ sum rules") worked out. (Nucl. Phys. B147 (1979) 385; Nucl. Phys. B147 (1979) 448).  
       
1980   The invisible axion ("KSVZ axion") invented. (Nucl. Phys. B166 (1980) 493).    
       
1983-1991   First exact results in the supersymmetric gauge theories (gluino condensate, beta functions). Solution of the anomaly problem and holomorphy. (Nucl. Phys. B229 (1983) 407; Nucl. Phys. B229 (1983) 381; Nucl. Phys. B277 (1986) 456; Nucl. Phys. B359 (1991) 571).    
       
1986-1988   The heavy quark symmetry introduced. (Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 47 (1988) 511; Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 45 (1987) 292).  
       
1989-1990   Extension of the coset construction in two-dimensional conformal field theory. (Int. J. Mod. Phys. A5 (1990) 803).    
       
1989-1991   Discovery of the premature unitarization in the instanton-induced amplitudes at sphaleron energies. (Nucl. Phys. B371 (1992) 177).    
       
1985-1995   Foundations of the heavy quark expansion formulated; theory of inclusive heavy flavor decays worked out. (Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 41 (1985)120; Sov. Phys. JETP 64 (1986) 698; Phys. Rev. Lett. 71 (1993) 496; Phys. Rev. D49 (1994) 3356; Phys. Rev. D50 (1994) 2234).  
       
1995-1996   Alpha_s crisis revealed. (Mod. Phys. Lett., A10 (1995) 605).  
       
1994-1998   Relation between the divergence of the operatior product expansion in high orders and duality violations in QCD; first semi-quantitative models of duality violations suggested. (Proc. V PASCOS Symp., March 1995, Baltimore, ed. J. Bagger (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996), page 69; Phys. Rev D57 (1998) 2691; Phys. Rev. D59 (1999) 054011).    
       
1996-1999   Central extensions in N=1 superalgebras in the Yang-Mills theory as a result of anomaly. The theory of the BPS-saturated domain walls in supersymmetric gluodynamics and other supersymmetric theories elaborated. (Phys. Lett. B396 (1997) 64; Phys. Rev. D56 (1997) 7990; Phys. Rev. D59 (1999) 045016).    
       
1999-2004  

Pinpointing anomalies in supersymmetric theories with solitons. (Phys. Rev. D59 (1999) 045016; hep-th/0108153); marginal stability through delocalization (Phys. Rev. D63 (2001) 065018).

Theory of supersymmetric solitons: flux tubes (strings), domain walls (D. branes) and their junctions (confined monopoles). (Phys. Rev. D67 (2003) 125007).

 
       
2002   Cosmological Constant Problem in Infinite Volume Extra Dimensions: Solving through Infrared Modification of 4D Gravity (Phys. Rev. D67 (2003) 044020).    
       
2003-2004   Orientifold pairs - Planar equivalence (Nucl. Phys. B667 (2003) 170).    
       
PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS

 

 

Vacuum Structure and QCD Sum Rules,
516 pp, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1992.

Unpublished foreword
 
 
 

Instantons in Gauge Theories,
488 pp, World Scientific,
Singapore, 1994.


 
ITEP Lectures on Particle Physics and Field Theory, Vols. 1 and 2, 870 pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 1999.

Link to foreword
 
 

The Many Faces of the Superworld:
Yuri Golfand Memorial Volume, 677 pp,
World Scientific, Singapore, 1999.

Link to foreword


 

At the Frontier of Particle Physics: Handbook of QCD/Boris Ioffe Festschrift, (in 3 Volumes),
2151 pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 2000.
Volume 4 published in 2002, 400pp.
Link to foreword
 
 
 

The Supersymmetric World:
The Beginnings of the Theory,
(with G. Kane), 273 pp,
World Scientific, Singapore, 2000.

Link to foreword


 

SUSY 30, International Symposium Celebrating 30 Years of Supersymmetry, NORTH-HOLLAND, Amsterdam, 2001, 450 pp.
(with K. Olive and S. Rudaz)

Link to foreword
 
 
  Continuous Advances in QCD 2002 - Arkadyfest (World Scientific 2002), with K. Olive and M. Voloshin.

Link to Brochure - Fun reading

      
PUBLICATIONS: PAPERS

  The full publication list for 1971-2005 includes 260+ papers published or accepted for publication. The list of publications beginning in late 2002 is given below.
 
 
 

NON-ABELIAN FLUX TUBES IN SQCD: SUPERSIZING WORLD-SHEET SUPERSYMMETRY, (with A. YUNG), PRD, submitted; hep-th/0501211.

COMMENTS ON DIQUARKS, STRONG BINDING AND A LARGE HIDDEN QCD SCALE, (with A. Vainshtein), PRD, submitted.

REFINING THE PROOF OF PLANAR EQUIVALENCE, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), PRD, submitted; hep-th/0412203.

NONABELIAN MEISSNER EFFECT IN YANG-MILLS THEORIES AT WEAK COUPLING, (with A. Gorsky and A. Yung), PRD, submitted; hep-th/0412082.

SPECTRAL DEGENERACY IN SUPERSYMMETRIC GLUODYNAMICS AND ONE-FLAVOR QCD RELATED TO N=1/2 SUSY, (with A. Gorsky), PRD, submitted; hep-th/0410099.

ENHANCED WORLDVOLUME SUPERSYMMETRY AND INTERSECTING DOMAIN WALLS IN N=1 SQCD, (with A. Ritz, and A. Vainshtein), Phys. Rev. D70, 095003 (2004); hep-th/0405175.

AN EXACT RELATION FOR ${\cal N}=1$ ORIENTIFOLD FIELD THEORIES WITH ARBITRARY SUPERPOTENTIAL, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), Nucl. Phys. B702, 37 (2004); hep-th/0404247.

NONABELIAN STRING JUNCTIONS AS CONFINED MONOPOLES, (with A. Yung), Phys. Rev. D70, 045004, 2004; hep-th/0403149.

FROM SUPER-YANG-MILLS THEORY TO QCD: PLANAR EQUIVALENCE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), published in the Ian Kogan Memorial Collection "From Fields to Strings: Circumnavigating Theoretical Physics," Ed. M. Shifman, A. Vainshtein and J. Wheater (World Scientific, 2004), Vol. 1, p. 353; hep-th/0403071.

SOFTLY MASSIVE GRAVITY, (with G. Gabadadze), Phys. Rev. D69, 124032, 2004; hep-th/0312289.

LOCALIZATION OF NONABELIAN GAUGE FIELDS ON DOMAIN WALLS AT WEAK COUPLING (D-BRANE PROTOTYPES II), (with A. Yung), Phys. Rev. D70, 025013, 2004; hep-th/0312257.

EFFECTIVE LAGRANGIANS FOR ORIENTIFOLD THEORIES, (with F. Sannino), Phys. Rev. 69 (2004); hep-th/0309252.

QCD QUARK CONDENSATE FROM SUSY AND THE ORIENTIFOLD LARGE-$N$ EXPANSION, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), Phys. Lett. B579, 384-390, 2004; hep-th/0309013.

SUSY RELICS IN ONE FLAVOR QCD FROM A NEW $1/N$ EXPANSION, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 191601, 2003, hep-th/0307097.

REMARKS ON STABLE AND QUASISTABLE K STRINGS AT LARGE $N$, (with A. Armoni), Nucl. Phys. B671, 67, 2003; hep-th/0307020.

ON $k$-STRING TENSIONS AND DOMAIN WALLS IN ${\cal N}=1$ GLUODYNAMICS, (with A. Armoni), Nucl. Phys. B664 (2003) 233-246, hep-th/0304127.

${\cal N}=2$ SIGMA MODEL WITH TWISTED MASS AND SUPERPOTENTIAL: CENTRAL CHARGES AND SOLITONS, (with A. Losev), Phys. Rev. D68 (2003) 045006, hep-th/0304003.

THE COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT AND DOMAIN WALLS IN ORIENTIFOLD FIELD THEORIES AND ${\cal N} = 1$ GLUODYNAMICS, (with A. Armoni), Nucl. Phys. B670, 148 (2003), hep-th/0303109.

EXACT RESULTS IN NONSUPERSYMMETRIC LARGE-$N$ ORIENTIFOLD FIELD THEORIES, (with A. Armoni and G. Veneziano), Nucl. Phys. B667, 170-182, 2003, hep-th/0302163.

DOMAIN WALLS AND FLUX TUBES IN N=2 SQCD: D-BRANE PROTOTYPES, (with A. Yung), Phys. Rev. D67 (2003) 125007, hep-th/0212293.

DILUTING COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT VIA LARGE DISTANCE MODIFICATION OF GRAVITY, (with G. Dvali and G. Gabadadze), in {\em Continuous Advances in QCD 2002/ArkadyFest}, Eds. K. Olive, M. Shifman, and M. Voloshin (World Scientific, Singapore, 2002), pp. 566-581; also in Proc. 3 Int. Sakharov Conference on Physics, Eds. A. Semikhatov, M. Vasiliev and V. Zaikin (Scientific World, Moscow, 2003), Vol. 2, pp. 812-828. hep-th/0208096.

REMINISCENCES IN PASTELS, published in "Continuous Advances in QCD 2002", Eds. K. Olive, M. Shifman, and M. Voloshin (World Scientific, Singapore, 2002), pp. 604-614. (Pages 13-22 of the "Brochure -- Fun Reading")



 
      
INVITED TALKS

   
 

2003/04

  • k-Strings in the Yang-Mills Theory: How They Form, Live and Decay Invited lecture at the 9-th Adriatic Meeting "Particle Physics and the Universe, Dubrovnik, Craotia, 4--14 September 2003.
  • Duality and Self-Duality (Energy Reflection Symmetry) of Quasi-Exactly Solvable Systems, Invited Talk at the Second Workshop FENOMEC "Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics," November 7-8, 2003, Cocoyoc, Mexico
  • Planar equivalence between supersymmetric gluodynamics and its orientifold daughters: implications for QCD, Invited Talk at Physics Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, November 11, 2003
  • Planar equivalence: a window of opportunities in nonperturbative QCD,
    Colloquium at NYU, New York, November 24, 2003
  • From Supersymmetric Gluodynamics to QCD: Planar equivalence and its Implication, Institute of Nuclear Research, Moscow, December 29, 2003
  • Explorations of QCD with Supersymmetric Tools, Colloquium at Technion, Haifa, Israel, January 1, 2004
  • Orientifold Large-N Expansion, Invited Talk, Technion, Haifa, Israel, January 4, 2004
  • Quark Condensate in QCD from the Gluino Condensate in Supersymmetric Gluodynamics, Invited Talk, Technion, Haifa, Israel, January 5, 2004
  • Supersymmetry at Strong Coupling: Understanding the Hadronic World, Colloquium at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel,January 6, 2004
  • From Supersymmetric Gluodynamics to QCD: Planar equivalence
    and its Implications, Invited Talk, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, January 7, 2004
  • Advances in Supersymmetry at Strong Coupling, Plenary Talk at the International Conference "From Fields to Strings -- Circumnavigating Theoretical Physics," In Memory of Ian Kogan, Oxford, UK, January 8-10, 2004
  • Understanding the Hadronic World with Supersymmetry, University of Minnesota SPA Colloquium. March 10, 2004.
  • Planar Equivalence: from Type 0 Strings to QCD, Plenary Talk at the International Conference "Continuous Advances in QCD-2004" (May 13), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, May 13-16, 2004.

 
 

Summer 2004

  • One-flavor QCD from SUSY gluodynamics via planar equivalence, University of Siegen, Germany, June 26, 2004.
  • Planar equivalence between supersymmetric and QCD-like theories and its consequences, University of Milan, Italy, July 15, 2004.
  • Large N gauge theory, Invited Talk at the Workshop on Large N QCD, Trento, Italy, July 5-9, 2004.
  • What we know and do not know of QCD k strings from string and field theory, Invited Talk at the Trento Workshop on Hadrons and Strings, Trento, Italy, July 12-17, 2004.
  • From strings to one-flavor QCD, Invited Talk at the conference, "String Phenomenology 2004," University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, August 1-6, 2004.
  • From strings to one-flavor QCD, Invited Talk at PASCOS-04/Pran Nath Fest, Northeastern University, Boston, August 20, 2004.
  • Four lectures on supersymmetry, National Summer School for Graduate Students WE-Heraeus-Doktorandenschule Saalburg, "Grundlagen und neue Methoden der theoretischen Physik," Wolfersdorf, Thüringen, August 30-September 10, 2004.

 
 

2004/05

  • Planar equivalence: From supersymmetric gluodynamics to one-flavor QCD, Seminar at Penn State, September 22, 2004.
  • Understanding the hadronic world with supersymmetry, Colloquium at Penn State, September 23, 2004.
  • Field Theory and Mathematics Panel at the The Future of Physics Conference, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, October 9, 2004.
  • Discussion Session on Quark-Hadron Duality, Workshop on QCD String Theory, KITP, Santa Barbara, October 20, 2004.

 
     

 

     
 Link to another Dr. Shifman

INTERESTING READING, YOU ARE WELCOME TO BROWSE

A fragment of A. Kolesnichenko's caricature "Sum Rules 1985,"
60-th Birthday of Arkady Vainshtein: "First Poster," "Second Poster," "Brochure -- Fun Reading"
"Grandmaster," Sasha Polyakov on A.B. Migdal (in Russian).
Plaut on Antisemitism
"On Antisemitism Today," An article by Oriana Fallaci in Panorama. (Russian version)
"A Glimpse of 2012," "On Human Rights Groups and Double Standards," M. Shifman's black humor.
"A Modern Version of the Passover Story," by Daniel P. Waxman.
"Comrade Einstein,
" edited by M. Shifman
Vladimir Vysotsky on M. Shifman (in Russian)
Unpublished contribution to the Yuri Simonov Festschrift
Future of Physics/KITP-2004

 
Updated: 2/4/05