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Louise Dolan

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Some Important Contributions:

"Symmetry Behavior at Finite Temperature," Phys. Rev. D9: 3320 (1974) with R. Jackiw.

  • Phase transitions in relativistic field theories at finite temperatures. This work together with that of Kirzhnits, and Linde, and Weinberg became the foundation of quantitative analysis of phase transitions in the early universe in cosmological theories. It also gave the first calculation of a large N approximation for field theories, an expansion which has proved to be of far-reaching importance.
"Kac-Moody Algebra is Hidden Symmetry of Chiral Models," Phys. Rev. Lett. 47: 1371 (1981).
  • Pioneered the uses of Kac-Moody algebras in particle physics.This paper identified the algebra of the non-local symmetry currents of 2d chiral models as an affine Kac-Moody subalgebra. This new observation introduced most particle physicists to infinite-dimensional Kac-Moody algebras as symmetry algebras of physical theories.
"A New Method of Incorporating Symmetry into Superstring Theory," Nuclear Physics B289: 364 (1987) with R. Bluhm and P. Goddard.
  • This paper was influential in re-opening interest in type II superstring theory. It showed for the first time how non-Abelian gauge groups - containing the standard model gauge group - could be incorporated into four-dimensional model theories based on type II strings.
Two further papers on string theory:

"Conformal Field Theory, Triality, and the Monster Group," Phys. Lett. B236: 165 (1990) with P. Goddard and P. Montague.

"Gauge Symmetry in Background Charge Conformal Field Theory," Nuclear Physics B489: 245 (1997).


1987 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award of the American Physical Society

    for work on the theory of elementary particles, particularly for the identification and study of Kac-Moody algebras and their applications to Yang-Mills fields and relativistic string theory.
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 1988-89
Fellow American Physical Society


1976-79 Junior Fellow, Harvard University
1977  Visiting Scientist, Laboratoire de Physique Theorique de L'Ecole Normale Superieure, Pari
1978  Visiting Fellow, Department of Physics, Princeton University
1979-80 Research Associate, Rockefeller University
1980-82 Assistant Professor, Rockefeller University
1984  Visiting Fellow, Imperial College, London
1986-    Consultant, T-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1983-90 Associate Professor, Rockefeller University
1990  Lab Head, Rockefeller University
1990-    Professor, University of North Carolina


B.A. Wellesley College 1971
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1976


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