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.
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:
- Construction and characterization of rational conformal field theories with moduli spaces
- Enumerative BPS invariants in string theory (ex: BPS black hole entropy, wall crossing etc.)
- Arithmetic and motivic structures underlying Feynman integrals
As a mathematician, I am interested in:
- Mathematical structure of attractor varieties
- Applications of automorphic and analytic L functions
- Automorphic forms for groups of higher ranks & Geometric theory of automorphic forms
- Arithmetic statistics of elliptic curves and surfaces
- Computational methods of Calabi-Yau geometry and arithmetic
Best reachable via email at: kidambi[AT]duck[dot]com