Ashoke Sen in the Physics department of Scottish Church College in 2019
|Residence||Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Known for||Contributions to string field theory|
Ashoke Sen, FRS (/ /; born 1956) is an Indian theoretical physicist and distinguished professor at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. He is also the Morningstar Visiting professor at MIT and a distinguished professor at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. His main area of work is string theory. He was among the first recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize "for opening the path to the realisation that all string theories are different limits of the same underlying theory".
After completing his schooling from Sailendra Sircar Vidyalaya in Kolkata, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from the Presidency College under the University of Calcutta, and his master's a year later from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. During his undergraduate studies at Presidency, he was greatly inspired by the work and teaching of Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri. He did his doctoral work in physics at Stony Brook University.
Ashoke Sen made a number of major original contributions to the subject of string theory, including his landmark paper on strong-weak coupling duality or S-duality, which was influential in changing the course of research in the field. He pioneered the study of unstable D-branes and made the famous Sen conjecture about open string tachyon condensation on such branes. His description of rolling tachyons has been influential in string cosmology. He has also co-authored many important papers on string field theory. In 1998 he won the fellowship of the Royal Society on being nominated by the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. His contributions include the entropy function formalism for extremal black holes and its applications to attractors. His recent important works include the attractor mechanism and the precision counting of microstates of black holes, and new developments in string perturbation theory. He joined the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India as an honorary fellow.
Honors and awards
- ICTP Prize in 1989
- Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1991
- S.S. Bhatnagar award in 1994
- TWAS Prize 1997
- Fellow of the Royal Society 1998
- Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 1996
- Padma Shri in 2001
- Infosys Prize in the Mathematical Sciences, 2009
- Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), 2009, awarded by IIT Kharagpur
- Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), 2011, awarded by Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (Presently Indian Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Shibpur)
- Fundamental Physics Prize, 2012, for his work on string theory
- Padma Bhushan in 2013
- M.P. Birla Memorial Award in 2013
- Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), 2013, awarded by IIT Bombay
- Doctor of Literature (honorary), 2013, awarded by Jadavpur University
- Dirac Medal in 2014
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- "Dyon — monopole bound states, selfdual harmonic forms on the multi — monopole moduli space, and SL(2,Z) invariance in string theory". Phys. Lett. B329: 217–221. 1994. arXiv:hep-th/9402032. Bibcode:1994PhLB..329..217S. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(94)90763-3.
- Sen, Ashoke (1998). "Tachyon condensation on the brane antibrane system". JHEP. 1998 (8): 012. arXiv:hep-th/9805170. Bibcode:1998JHEP...08..012S. doi:10.1088/1126-6708/1998/08/012.
- Sen, Ashoke (2002). "Rolling Tachyon". JHEP. 2002 (4): 048. arXiv:hep-th/0203211. Bibcode:2002JHEP...04..048S. doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2002/04/048.
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- Infosys Prize 2009 Mathematical Sciences
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- Ashoke Sen CV
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