Abhiram Kidambi

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig)
Erwin Schrödinger Institute (Vienna)


My colleagues will classify me as either a mathematician or a mathematical physicist. Personally, I view myself as a fool trying to make sense of things. My job is replaceable by any bio-mechanical structure or function that inputs caffienated beverages and copius amounts of food, and outputs theories concerning the mathematical structures behind the functioning of the universe. I also develop new and hilarious ways of getting into trouble. Often dangerous.

Existentialism and comic nihilism are my dear friends.

If I am not in my office solving problems, you will most likely find me climbing a mountain, or rummaging through a jungle or wilderness, or cycling, or surfing, or playing football, or running a trail somewhere.

My academic worldline is until my PhD includes Bangalore (electronics), Nottingham (theoretical physics), Munich (math, math-phys) and Vienna (math, math-phys, th-phys), Stanford (math, math-phys) (Marshall Fellow (2018-2019), Long term visitor @ SITP (2019-2020)).

I obtained my PhD under the supervision Timm Wrase and Anton Rebhan, and submitted a dissertation on Automorphic Forms in String Theory: From Moonshine to Wall Crossing.

My academic worldline after my PhD includes a postdoctoral fellowship in mathematics/mathematical physics at Kavli IPMU, Riemann Fellow at the Riemann Center for Geometry and Physics (Leibniz Universitaet Hannover), Schroedinger Fellow at the Erwin Schroedinger Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Research Interests

I would categorize my research as “physical mathematics”, broadly on the interface of number theory, geometry, physics and computation, mostly from an analytic and arithmetic perspective.

As a physicist, I am interested in:

  1. Construction and characterization of rational conformal field theories with moduli spaces
  2. Enumerative BPS invariants in string theory (ex: BPS black hole entropy, wall crossing etc.)
  3. Arithmetic and motivic structures underlying Feynman integrals

As a mathematician, I am interested in:

  1. Mathematical structure of attractor varieties
  2. Applications of automorphic and analytic L functions
  3. Automorphic forms for groups of higher ranks & Geometric theory of automorphic forms
  4. Arithmetic statistics of elliptic curves and surfaces
  5. Cryptography
  6. Computational methods of Calabi-Yau geometry and arithmetic

Best reachable via email at: kidambi[AT]duck[dot]com