|Born||July 13, 1970 (age 47)
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Known for||String duality, AdS/CFT correspondence|
|Awards||Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award,
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship,
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship,
Bergmann Memorial Award,
ACIPA Outstanding Young Physicist Prize,
Simons Investigator Award
|Doctoral advisor||Edward Witten|
Shamit Kachru (Devanagari: शमित काचरू; born 1970) is a string theorist, a professor of physics at Stanford University, and the Wells Family Director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is the son of the Indian Kashmiri scholar Braj Kachru. He is married to Eva Silverstein, who is also a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University.
Kachru is an award-winning physicist and an expert in string theory and quantum field theory, and their applications in cosmology, condensed matter physics, and elementary particle theory. He has made central contributions to the study of compactifications of string theory from ten to four dimensions, especially in the investigation of mechanisms which could yield string models of dark energy or cosmic inflation. He has also made notable contributions to the discovery and exploration of string dualities, to the study of models of supersymmetry breaking in string theory, and to the construction of calculable dual descriptions of strongly coupled particle physics and condensed matter systems.
Kachru, a Professor of Physics at Stanford University, is a recipient of a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Simons Investigator Award, the Bergmann Memorial Award, and the ACIPA Outstanding Young Physicist Prize.
In 1986, Kachru attended the prestigious Research Science Institute. He graduated from University High School in Urbana, Illinois and from Harvard University before obtaining a doctorate in physics from Princeton University under the supervision of Edward Witten. Kachru was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University. In 2017 he received a Simons Investigator Award.
Kachru is best known for his extensive work on stabilizing the extra dimensions of string theory, in particular finding (along with Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde, and Sandip Trivedi) the first models of accelerated expansion of the universe in low energy supersymmetric string compactifications. He has also made notable contributions to string theory duality (with Cumrun Vafa), the AdS/CFT correspondence (with Eva Silverstein), and to the construction of models of cosmic inflation. In recent years, his research focus has turned to mathematical aspects of string theory (including new moonshines), and to field theory models of finite density quantum matter.