Esko Keski-Vakkuri

University lecturer, Docent (theoretical physics), at Department of Physics, University of Helsinki
Adjunct member at Helsinki Institute of Physics

Contact information: phone (office) +358-9-19150680
email: esko.keski-vakkuri "at" helsinki.fi


Dr. Keski-Vakkuri received his undergraduate degree from University of Helsinki, majoring in theoretical physics and mathematics. He continued his studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD degree in physics in 1995. He then moved to California Institute of Technology, where he was a postdoctoral fellow 1995-98, and then to Uppsala University, Sweden, for a senior postdoctoral position. In 1999 he moved back to Finland to the newly founded Helsinki Institute of Physics, first as a senior scientist. He became a project director of the String theory and quantum field theory research project in 2002, and later the director of the String theory and mathematical physics research project in 2008-2010. He has also held an Academy research fellow position of the Academy of Finland in 2002-07, and a university lecturer position at the Physics Department of University of Helsinki in 2004-2008 and 2010- .
Keski-Vakkuri's main research interests are issues related to gravity and string theory, such as quantum physics in systems with gravitational singularities (black holes, big bang) and the correspondence of gravity and gauge theories (AdS/CFT duality). Currently he is studying duality as a new framework for models of strongly coupled condensed matter and quark-gluon matter systems. His publications can be found in the INSPIRE/SPIRES electronic database.

Current doctoral students:

Janne Alanen: Holographic Hall transitions; AdS/QCD (with K. Kajantie), publications
Ville Keränen: Defects in holographic superconductors (jointly with S. Nowling, K.P. Yogendran), publications
Ville Suur-Uski: Holographic Hall transitions; AdS/QCD (with K. Kajantie), publications

Teaching:

MOKA (Many-Body Physics) Fall 2011 (link to 2010 homepage)
Mathematical Methods of Physics II a,b Spring 2012 (link to 2011 homepage)

Links:

University of Helsinki
UH Physics Department
Theoretical Physics at UH
Helsinki Institute of Physics
String theory and quantum field theory (old 2002-07 project)
Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Particle theory @ California Institute of Technology
Theoretical physics @ Uppsala University