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Sunil Mukhi

Sunil Mukhi is an Indian theoretical physicist working 4 Honors

in the areas of string theory, quantum eld theory and
particle physics.
Mukhi is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and
the Indian National Science Academy and a recipient of
the S.S. Bhatnagar Award for Physical Sciences, 1999 and
the J.C. Bose Fellowship, 2008. He has been an Editor
1 Career
of the Journal of High Energy Physics since its inception.
He earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1981 from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After
spending two years at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics at Trieste, Italy, he returned to India where
he has worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India since 1984. In November, 2012
he joined Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune as the head of physics department.

Mukhi was an invited speaker at the international conferences Strings 2000 in Michigan, Strings 2002 in
Cambridge and Strings 2008 in Geneva. He was one
of the organisers of Strings 2001 in Mumbai - a conference that attracted much publicity because of the participation of David Gross, Stephen Hawking and Edward
Witten among other luminaries in the eld. He has also
lectured at advanced schools in theoretical physics, notably at Cargse and Les Houches in France, at the SERC
school series in India, and at the rst PITP School at the
Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during his sabbatical year there.


His major publications deal with fundamental properties of string theories, and include the conformal invariance of supersymmetric two-dimensional eld theories
which describe the world-sheet dynamics of strings,[1] the
study of supersymmetric solitons using index theorems,[2]
the discovery of a new duality between string theory
and M-theory,[3] the identication of string networks as
supersymmetric states[4] and the discovery of a novel
Higgs mechanism in the worldvolume theory of M-theory

5 References
[1] Alvarez-Gaum, L.; Freedman, D. Z.; Mukhi, S. (1981).
The background eld method and the ultraviolet structure of the supersymmetric nonlinear -model. Annals
of Physics. 134: 85. Bibcode:1981AnPhy.134...85A.
[2] Imbimbo, C.; Mukhi, S. (1984). Index theorems
and supersymmetry in the soliton sector. Nuclear
Physics B. 247 (2): 471. Bibcode:1984NuPhB.247..471I.

Other activities

[3] Dasgupta, K.; Mukhi, S. (1996).

Orbifolds of
M-theory. Nuclear Physics B. 465 (3): 399. arXiv:hepth/9512196 .

In 2002, he played a role[6] in exposing a series of instances of plagiarism by the Vice-Chancellor of Kumaon
University in India. The Vice-Chancellor was eventually
found guilty by a national committee[7] and subsequently

[4] Dasgupta, K.; Mukhi, S. (1998). BPS nature of 3-string

junctions. Physics Letters B. 423 (34): 261. arXiv:hepBibcode:1998PhLB..423..261D.
th/9711094 .

Mukhi has a number of interests in addition to physics,

notably Indian Classical Music on which he maintains
a webpage , science popularisation which he carries
out through seminars at schools and colleges as well as
newspaper articles, and cinema, cooking and meditation.
Within the eld of Indian Classical Music he has spent
considerable eort archiving classic recordings, particularly those of notable vocal artist Pandit Kumar Gandharva on whom he also maintains a webpage . He also
writes a blog, named Tantu-jaal

[5] Mukhi, S.; Papageorgakis, C. (2008). M2 to D2.

Journal of High Energy Physics. 2008 (5): 085.
arXiv:0803.3218 .
[6] Ramachandran, R (2002-10-26). The Vice-Chancellor
of Kumaun University and a research group led by him

stand accused of having indulged in various forms of misconduct in research, including plagiarism (Press release).
India: Frontline.
[7] Bagla, Pallava (2003-02-03). Probe panel upholds plagiarism charges against Kumaon V-C (Press release).
New Delhi: The Indian Express.

External links
Sunil Mukhis Home Page
Sunil Mukhis scientic publications


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