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Mikhail Shifman

Professor (Fine Theoretical Physics Institute)

TATEH 275-08 (office), 626-0723
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Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2018
Dirac Medal and Prize, 2016
Pomeranchuk Prize, 2013
Laureat of Chaires Internacionales de Recherche Blaise Pascal, 2007
Lilienfeld Prize, 2006
Ida Cohen Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics, 2005
Sakurai Prize, 1999
APS Fellow, 1997
von Humboldt Research Award, 1993

Oversight Committee of the Galileo Galilei Institute, Florence, Italy.
Scientific Evaluation Committee of the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Triest, Italy.
Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Editorial Board of European Physical Journal C (Springer).
2001 Sakurai Prize Committee of the American Physical Society and 2008 Lilienfeld Prize Committee.

"Noncommutativity: from Mathematics to Phenomenology," Bayrischzell, Germany, May 2-5, 2003.
"Continuous Advances in QCD 2004" Minneapolis, May 13-15, 2004.
“PNPI: Hadron Structure and QCD," St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2005.
"QCD and String Theory", Benasque Center for Science, Spain, July 2 - July 14 2006.
3-D FENOMEC Workshop "Selected topics in Mathematical Physics", Cocoyoc, Mexico, November 10-12, 2005.
"Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum" Sardinia, Italy, September 21-25 2004.
"PNPI: Hadron Structure and QCD: from LOW to HIGH energies," Repino, Russia, 18-22 May 2004.
"Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum VII," Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, 2-7 September 2006.
"QCD and String Theory" at The Benasque Center for Science, Universitat de Barcelona and Universidad de Zaragoza, July 2-- 14, Benasque, Spain.
"Frontiers in Theoretical Physics" NBI, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3 - August 13, 2006.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Conference "CAQCD-06" FTPI, Minneapolis, May 2006.
"QCD @ Work", Martina Franca, Italy, June 2007.
"Fundamental Challenges of QCD,” Schladming, Austria, February 27-March 7, 2009.
"Continuous Advances in Quantum Chromodynamics" (CAQCD_2011), FTPI.
"Frontiers Beyond the Standard Model III" (FBSM III), FTPI.
"Continuous Advances in QCD" (CAQCD_2013), FTPI.
"Eleventh Conference on Quark Confinement and Hadronic Spectrum", St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014.
"Twelth Conference on Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum", Thessaloniki, Greece, 2016.
QCD-2016, FTPI, May 2016.
"Resurgent Asymptotics in Physics and Mathematics", KITP, October-December 2017

*"The Many Faces of the Superworld," 588 pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 2000.
*"Continuous Advances in QCD 2002/Arkadyfest" published by World Scientific, Singapore in December 2002.
* The Supersymmetric World: the Beginnings of the Theory, 288 pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 2000.
* At the Frontier of Particle Physics / Handbook of QCD, Vols. 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2550 pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 2001 and 2002.
* SUSY 30: Proceedings of the International Symposium Celebrating 30 Years of Supersymmetry, (Minneapolis, MN, USA, 13--27 October 2000), 449 pp, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2001.
* Proceedings of “CAQCD-06” published by World Scientific, Singapore, 2007.
* Three-volume publication "FROM FIELDS TO STRINGS: CIRCUMNAVIGATING THEORETICAL PHYSICS," published by World Scientific, Singapore, 2005.
* “You just failed your math test, Comrade Einstein,” published by World Scientific, Singapore, 2005.
* "FELIX BEREZIN: Life and Death of the Mastermind of Supermathematics." published by World Scientific, Singapore, 2007.
* Under the Spell of Landau: When Theoretical Physics Was Shaping Destinies, 550pp, World Scientific, Singapore, 2013.
* Physics in A Mad World, 550 pp., World Scientific, Singapore, 2015.

Summary of Interests
Gauge field theories at strong coupling and supersymmetric field theories in various dimensions; supersymmetric solitons and solitons at the interface of high energy physics and condensed matter.

About My Work

I do research in all branches of theoretical high energy physics: from Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) as the theory of hadrons to extra dimensional (brane world) models of fundamental interactions, to supersymmetric field theories at strong coupling. Due to a mysterious property of color confinement, these are the most intriguing dynamical theories we have ever had. Crucial non-pertubative phenomena in these theories are very rich. Currently the focus of my research is the study of extended objects (topological defects) in Yang-Mills theories with or without supersymmetry. In the former case the power of supersymmetry allows one to obtain exact results. Some of them have numerous applications.

Selected Publications

M. Shifman, BOOKS Standing Together in Troubled Times" World Scientific, 2017,

M.Shifman and A.Yung, Critical String from Non-Abelian Vortex in Four Dimensions, Phys. Lett. B 750, 416 (2015). [abstract]

M. Shifman, “Vacuum Structure and QCD Sum Rules”, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1992

M.Shifman, “ITEP Lectures on Particle Physics and Field Theory”, Volume 1 and Volume 2, World Scientific, Singapore, 1999

M. Shifman and A. Yung, “Supersymmetric Solitons”, Cambridge University Press, 2009

M. Shifman, “Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory: A Lecture Course”, Cambridge University Press, 2012


S. Monin, M. Shifman and A. Yung, Non-Abelian String of a Finite Length, arXiv:1505.07797

M. Shifman and A. Yung, Critical String from Non-Abelian Vortex in Four Dimensions, arXiv:1502.00683

M. Shifman, G. Tallarita and A. Yung, ‘t Hooft-Polyakov Monopoles with Non-Abelian Moduli, Phys. Rev. D. 91, 105026 (2015)

G. Dunne, M. Shifman and M. Unsal, Infrared Renormalons versus Operator Product Expansions in Supersymmetric and Related Gauge Theories, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 191601 (2015)

M. Shifman and K. Stepanyantz, Derivation of the exact expression for the D function in N=1 SQCD, Phys. Rev. D. 91, 105008 (2015)

M. Shifman and K. Stepanyantz, Exact Adler Function in Supersymmetric QCD, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 051601 (2015)

J. Chen, X. Cui, M. Shifman, and A. Vainshtein, N=(0, 2) Deformation of (2, 2) Sigma Models: Geometric Structure, Holomorphic Anomaly and Exact Beta Functions, arXiv:1404.4689

M. Nitta, M. Shifman and W. Vinci, On Non-Abelian Quasi-Gapless Modes Localized on Mass Vortices in Superfluid 3He-B, Phys. Rev. D87, (2013) 081702

M. Shifman and A. Yung, Non-Abelian semilocal strings in N=2 supersymmetric QCD, Phys. Rev. D73 (2006) 125012

M. Shifman and A. Yung, “Non-Abelian String Junctions as Confined Monopoles”, Rev. D70 (2004) 045004.

A.Armoni, M. Shifman, and M. Ünsal, “Planar limit of orientifold field theoriesand emergent center symmetry,”, Phys. Rev. D77, 045012 (2008).

M. Shifman, “Diluting Cosmological Constant in Infinite Volume Extra Dimensions”, Physical Review D, 67, 044020 (2003).

A. Armoni, M. Shifman, and G. Veneziano, “Exact Results in Non-Supersymmetric Large N Orientifold Field Theories”, Nucl.Phys. B667 (2003) 170.

G. Dvali and M. Shifman, “Families as Neighbors in Extra Dimension”, Physics Letters B, 475, 295 (2000).

M. Shifman, “Exact Results for Soft Supersymmetry Breaking Parameters in Supersymmetric Gauge Theories”, Physical Review D, 56, 5475 (1997).

G. Dvali and M. Shifman, “Domain Walls in Strongly Coupled Theories”, Physical Letters B, 396, 64 (1997); (E) B407, 452 (1997).


Ph.D., Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP), Moscow, 1976.
Dissertation: Non-Leptonic Decays of Strange Particles in QCD and Related Topics

M.S., Physics, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Department of General and Applied Physics, 1972.
Thesis: The Problem of the Two-Muon Decays of K_L