Svetlana Jitomirskaya

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Svetlana Jitomirskaya
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Born (1966-06-04) June 4, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forTen martini problem
AwardsRuth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics (2005)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine
ThesisSpectral and Statistical Properties of Lattice Hamiltonians (1991)
Doctoral advisorYakov Sinai

Svetlana Yakovlevna Jitomirskaya (born June 4, 1966) is an American mathematician working on dynamical systems and mathematical physics.[1][2]

Jitomirskaya was born and grew up in Kharkiv. Both her mother, Valentina Borok, and her father Yakov Zhitomirskii were professors of mathematics.[1]

Her undergraduate studies were at Moscow State University, where she was a student of, among others, Vladimir Arnold and Yakov Sinai.[1] She obtained her Ph.D. from Moscow State University in 1991 under the supervision of Yakov Sinai.[3] She joined the mathematics department at the University of California, Irvine in 1991 as a lecturer, and became an assistant professor there in 1994 and a full professor in 2000.[2] She is best known for solving the ten martini problem along with mathematician Artur Avila.[4][citation needed]


In 2005, she was awarded the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, "for her pioneering work on non-perturbative quasiperiodic localization".[5]

She was an invited speaker at the 2002 International Congress of Mathematicians, in Beijing.[6]

She received a Sloan Fellowship in 1996.[7]

In 2018 she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Jitomirskaya, Svetlana Ya. (1999), "Metal-insulator transition for the almost Mathieu operator", Annals of Mathematics, Second Series, 150 (3): 1159–1175, arXiv:math/9911265, doi:10.2307/121066, JSTOR 121066, MR 1740982.
  • Avila, Artur; Jitomirskaya, Svetlana (2009), "The Ten Martini Problem", Annals of Mathematics, Second Series, 170 (1): 303–342, arXiv:math/0503363, doi:10.4007/annals.2009.170.303, MR 2521117.
  • Jitomirskaya, Svetlana; Last, Yoram (1999), "Power-law subordinacy and singular spectra. I. Half-line operators", Acta Mathematica, 183 (2): 171–189, doi:10.1007/BF02392827, MR 1738043.


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