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Professor Kostas Skenderis 

Professor of Theoretical Physics, Director of STAG

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Professor Kostas Skenderis is Director of STAG within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


2012-present: Professor,
School of Mathematics
University of Southampton

2011-2012: Professor,
Institute for Theoretical Physics and
Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics,
University of Amsterdam

2003-2011: Associate Professor,
Institute for Theoretical Physics and
Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics,
University of Amsterdam

2001-2003: Assistant Professor,
Physics Department,
Princeton University.

1999-2001: Research Associate,
Physics Department,
Princeton University.

1998-1999: Research Fellow,
Spinoza Institute,
Utrecht University.

1996-1998: Research Fellow
Instituut voor Theoretische Fysica,
KU Leuven

1991-1996: Ph.D in Theoretical Particle Physics.
Institute for Theoretical Physics,
State University of New York at Stony Brook,
Title of Thesis: Perturbative QFT in 1, 2 and 4 dimensions.
Advisor: Prof. Peter van Nieuwenhuizen.

1987 - 1991 : B.Sc. in Physics,
Department of Physics,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

Research interests

My research interests include relativity, cosmology, quantum field theory and string theory. In particular, I have worked extensively on holographic dualities. Holography, if correct, would change the paradigm for physical reality. This idea arose from black hole physics and concrete examples were found in the context of the AdS/CFT duality.

In order to promote this far-reaching idea into a physical theory one needs to understand in detail the ``holographic dictionary'', i.e. how quantum field theory data are encoded in bulk solutions and vice versa how spacetime is reconstructed from QFT data. A significant part of my work has been devoted to developing and extending the holographic dictionary. In particular, I have developed the method of holographic renormalization, which is the gravitational counterpart of renormalization in QFT. The method is essential for obtaining well-defined rules for computations in gravity/gauge theory duality and moreover it explicitly shows how spacetime is reconstructed from gauge theory data. Ultimately, this line of research should lead to a manifestly holographic reformulation of physics, thus completing the shift of paradigm.

My current research includes black holes, applications of holographic methods to condensed matter systems and extending the holographic methods to cosmology.

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Affiliate research groups

String Theory and Holography, STAG Research Group

Research project(s)

General Relativity

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Professor Kostas Skenderis
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 54/5021

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