Mathematical Physics

Donald Youmans

Hi, I am a postdoc at STRUCTURES at University Heidelberg, where I study questions of mathematical physics.

Research Interest

I am interested on one hand in the underlying mathematical structures of physical problems, and on the other hand how physical intuition can help us solve mathematical problems. For example, I am currently studying which role Virasoro coadjoint orbits (which are a priori purely mathematical objects) play in the theory of two-dimensional (quantum) gravity. Another project I am currently working on is counting holomorphic maps from complex two-dimensional manifolds into toric manifolds. Theoretical physics has developped powerful techniques which can be used to tackle this problem.


Last update on Apr 13, 2023 at 14:13 UTC
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