Lomonosov Moscow State University

Scientific Members

  • Prof. Arkady Tseytlin

    Director of ITMP, professor of the Imperial College London

    Research interests of Arkady Tseytlin include quantum field theory and quantum gravity, superstring theory, conformal theories and AdS/CFT correspondence. He obtained several key results in superstring theory and field theory. In particular, he developed the sigma model approach to string theory, discovered the fundamental role of Born-Infeld action as the open string effective action, developed the method of constructing composite solitonic solutions in supergravity describing supersymmetric bound states of branes, contributed to investigations of D-branes that led to AdS/CFT duality, constructed the action of superstings in AdS5 x S5 space and made substantial contributions to the integrability-based approach to gauge-string duality.

  • Konstantin Alkalaev

    The main focus of Konstantin’s research is the AdS/CFT correspondence for QFTs with higher symmetries such as 2d CFT and HS gravity. He and collaborators pioneered studies of the frame-like formulation for general free and interacting massless AdS fields, built mixed-symmetry conserved currents along with their duals, proposed higher-spin extensions of the Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity. More recent results include the combinatorial representation for minimal CFT with W symmetry, the semiclassical AdS/CFT correspondence between higher-point conformal blocks and geodesic trees, large-с torus CFT blocks and their duals.

  • Ariel Alejandro Arza Conejeros


    My research topic is mainly related to axions, hidden photons and weakly interacting particles. So far, I have been investigating new mechanism to search for them and their role as dark matter candidates. I am also interested in Bose condensation and the influence of quantum effects in large structures and cosmology.

  • Ilya Bakhmatov


    My scientific interests revolve around supergravity and string theory symmetries and dualities. I have worked on fermionic T-duality and applying it to supergravity solutions that are important from the holographic point of view. Using the supergravity formulations that are T- and U-duality covariant, I have been studying properties of the ordinary and exotic branes. Main research topics at present are the Yang-Baxter deformations of string sigma-models in the supergravity language, and their possible generalisations for M-theory.

  • Maxim Grigoriev

    Deputy Director

    Scientific interests of Maxim Grigoriev involve mathematical foundations of gauge systems (constrained dynamics and symmetries, Batalin-Vilkovisky quantization) higher-spin gauge theories and holography, superstring sigma models and noncommutative theories. He proposed the so-called parent formulation of general gauge theories which systematically unifies Batalin-Vilkovisky and Hamiltonian BRST approaches into a unique formalism which has the structure of (generalized) Alexandrov-Kontsevich-Schwartz-Zaboronsky (AKSZ) sigma-model, which is especially useful in the context of diffeomorphism-invariant theories and higher spin holography.

  • Dmitry Levkov

    Deputy Director

    Dr. Levkov is a research fellow of ITMP and Institute for Nuclear Research RAS. His scientific interests are shared between cosmology of ultra-light dark matter, black hole physics, instantons and semiclassical description of nonperturbative transitions in quantum field theory. He and his collaborators for the first time computed the probability of baryon number violation in electroweak particle collisions at colliders, were first to describe kinetic Bose-Einstein condensation of light dark matter due to gravitational interactions.

  • Sergey Mironov

    Scientific interests of Sergey Mironov involve the mathematical aspects of modern cosmology and gravity, including theories with higher derivatives, the AGT conjecture between gauge and conformal theories, topological field theories, especially knot theory, as well as their connection with integrable systems. In collaboration with his collegues he derived a number of formulas for universal parts of the triple functions for the W algebra. Another important result is the discovery of no-go theorems for stable classical solutions in theories of gravity with scalar fields of quite general form.

  • Dmitry Ponomarev


    I am mainly interested in constructing and analyzing interacting theories of higher-spin gauge fields as well as in other closely related problems of classical and quantum field theories. In particular, together with colleagues we were first to derive quartic vertices in higher spin theories from AdS/CFT correspondence and studied their locality, constructed chiral higher-spin theories employing the light-cone gauge approach and established the relation of the latter theories to self-dual Yang Mills theory and sigma models, as well as computed simplest quantum corrections in higher-spin theories.  

  • Yegor Zenkevich

    Yegor studies integrable systems, matrix models and two-dimensional conformal field theories. Currently I am trying to better understand the connection between quantum toroidal algebras, gauge theories, topological strings and possible generalizations thereof.