Maulik Parikh

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504

Biography

The overarching theme of Maulik Parikh's research is gravity. Gravity is at once our most familiar and least understood force. A century ago, Einstein revealed that gravitation is intimately connected with the curvature of the fabric of space and time. More recently, the study of black holes appears to be pointing to an even more surprising lesson: that our gravitational world might be the hologram cast by a lower-dimensional quantum field theory. His research interests span numerous areas in gravitation, including the foundations of general relativity, the topology of spacetime, black holes, theoretical cosmology, the physics of event horizons, and the gravitational aspects of quantum theories of gravity, particularly string theory.

Education

  • Ph.D. Physics, Princeton University
  • M.A. Physics, Princeton University 
  • B.A. Physics, Mathematics, English, University of California-Berkeley

Research Interests

The overarching theme of my research is gravity. Gravity is at once our most familiar and least understood force. A century ago, Einstein revealed that gravitation is intimately connected with the curvature of the fabric of space and time. More recently, the study of black holes appears to be pointing to an even more surprising lesson: that our gravitational world might be the hologram cast by a lower-dimensional quantum field theory. My research interests span numerous areas in gravitation, including the foundations of general relativity, the topology of spacetime, black holes, theoretical cosmology, the physics of event horizons, and the gravitational aspects of quantum theories of gravity, particularly string theory.

Publications

  • Maulik Parikh and Prasant Samantray. All the Stationary Vacuum States of de Sitter Space. Physical Review D (2013).
  • Saugata Chatterjee, Damien Easson, and Maulik Parikh. Energy Conditions in Jordan Frame. Classical and Quantum Gravity (2013).
  • Maulik Parikh, Prasant Samantray, and Erik Verlinde. Rotating Rindler-AdS Space. Physical Review D (2012).
  • Saugata Chatterjee, Maulik Parikh, and Sudipta Sarkar. The Black Hole Membrane Paradigm in f(R) Gravity. Classical and Quantum Gravity (2012).
  • Brian Greene, Janna Levin, and Maulik Parikh. Brane-World Motion in Compact Dimensions. Classical and Quantum Gravity (2011).
  • Brian Greene, Kurt Hinterbichler, Simon Judes, and Maulik Parikh. Smooth Initial Conditions from Weak Gravity. Physics Letters B (2011).
  • Maulik Parikh. Enhanced Instability of de Sitter Space in Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet Gravity. Physical Review D (2011).

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 495 Project Research
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 493 Honors Thesis
PHY 495 Project Research
PHY 576 Quantum Theory
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 412 Classicl Part/Field/Matter III
PHY 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 493 Honors Thesis
PHY 576 Quantum Theory
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 412 Classicl Part/Field/Matter III
PHY 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 576 Quantum Theory
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 412 Classicl Part/Field/Matter III
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 576 Quantum Theory
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
PHY 412 Classicl Part/Field/Matter III
PHY 792 Research

Service

  • International Journal of Modern Physics D, Editor (2013 - Present)
  • International Journal of Modern Physics D, Editor (2013 - Present)
  • Graduate program committee., Member (2010 - Present)
  • Quality of Instruction committee, Member (2014 - 2016)
  • Colloquium committee, Chair (2012 - 2014)
  • Web committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Beyond Center workshop on "What Spacetimes are Forbidden?", Lead organizer (2012 - 2013)
  • Beyond Center workshop on "Why Quantum Mechanics?", Lead organizer (2011 - 2011)