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Vijay Balasubramanian

I work on basic questions concerning the nature of space and time and on foundational issues in field theory and string theory.  Some of my work has addressed the origin of gravitational thermodynamics and the emergence of spacetime as the effective description of underlying quantum degrees of freedom.   My  work has also made basic contributions to our understanding of field theory, partly via the AdS/CFT correspondence relating quantum field theories to theories of gravity.    Finally, I have has developed new approaches to model building in the complex landscape of string vacua.