# Albion E Lawrence

Degrees

University of Chicago, Ph.D.University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

Expertise

Quantum field theory, quantum gravity, statistical physics. Applications to particle physics, cosmology, and string theory.Profile

My background is in theoretical high energy physics with a focus on string theory. In this area I work on a broad range of topics in cosmology, particle physics, and quantum gravity, and their interactions with mathematics and condensed matter physics. I am currently focused on: (a) building models of cosmic inflation consistent with our knowledge of quantum gravity and with current data, and extracting observable predictions from these models; (b) understanding the structure of quantum entanglement in quantum field theories and quantum gravity; and (c) understanding the quantum dynamics of black holes. I am currently developing a research program in physical oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics, with an eye to applying tools and concepts from high energy and statistical physics. WebpageCourses Taught

PHYS | 100a | Classical Mechanics |

PHYS | 111a | Physical Continuum Mechanics |

PHYS | 162b | Quantum Mechanics II |

PHYS | 163a | Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics |

PHYS | 202a | Quantum Field Theory |

Awards and Honors

Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (2018)

Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara (2009)

Kavli Frontiers Fellow (National Academy of Sciences) (2006)

Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara (2006)

Dept. of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator (2004 - 2009)

Scholarship

D'Amico, Guido; Kaloper, Nemanja; Lawrence, Albion E. "Strongly Coupled Quintessence. (forthcoming)

Hampapura, Harsha; Lawrence, Albion E; Stanojevic, Stefan. "On phase transitions in the Rényi entropies of 2+1-d large-N interacting vector models. (forthcoming)

Agon, Cesar and Lawrence, Albion. "Divergences in Open Quantum Systems." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 1804. (2018): 008.

Agon, Cesar; Balasubramanian, Vijay; Kasko, Skyler; Lawrence, Albion E. "Coarse Grained Quantum Dynamics." __Physical Review D__ 98. (2018): 025019.

Balasubramanian, Vijay; Lawrence, Albion; Rolph, Andrew; and Ross, Simon. "Entanglement Shadows in LLM Geometries." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 1711. (2018): 159.

D'Amico, Guido; Kaloper, Nemanja; and Lawrence, Albion. "Monodromy Inflation in the Strong Coupling Regime of the Effective Field Theory." __Physical Review Letters__ 121 (2018): 091301.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Effective Field Theories of Axion Monodromy Inflation." Foundations of String Cosmology. U. Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics, Ann Arbor, MI. April 2017.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Entanglement and Coarse-Grained Quantum Dynamics." Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics Colloquium. Stanford University

Kaloper, Nemanja and Lawrence, Albion E. "``London equation for monodromy inflation"." __Physical Review D__ 95. (2017): 063526.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Introduction to Quantum Entanglement." Classical and Quantum Information. International Center for the Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore, India. January 2017.

Kaloper, Nemanja; Kleban, Matthew; Lawrence, Albion E; and Sloth, Martin. "Large Field Inflation and Gravitational Entropy." __Physical Review D__ 93. 4 (2016): 043510.

Lawrence, Albion E and Soroush, Masoud. "N=(4,4) vector multiplets on curved two-manifolds." __Journal of Mathematical Physics__ 57. 4 (2016): 042301.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Coarse Grained Quantum Dynamics and Holography." Black Holes and Emergent Spacetime. NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden. August 2016.

Lawrence, Albion E. "The Effective Field Theory of Axion Monodromy Inflation." Field Theory Anthropics and Naturalness in Cosmology. Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark. October 2016.

Headrick, Matthew; Hubeny, Veronika; Lawrence, Albion E; Rangamani, Mukund. "Causality and Holographic Entanglement Entropy." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 1412. (2014): 162.

Kaloper, Nemanja and Lawrence, Albion E. "Natural Chaotic Inflation and Ultraviolet Sensitivity." __Physical Review D__ 90. 2 (2014): 023506.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Coarse Grained Quantum Dynamics." New Perspectives on Thermalization. Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, CO. March 21, 2014.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Coarse Grained Quantum Dynamics." Quantum Information in Quantum Gravity. University of British Columbia. August 18-22, 2014.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Coarse Graining and Entanglement in Quantum Dynamics." Mextrings 2014. Colima, MX. 9-10 June, 2014.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Effective Field Theory for Axion Monodromy." Status and Future of Inflationary Theory. The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 22-24 August, 2014.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Metastability, Instability, and Ensemble Inequivalence in Finite Temperature Holographic Gauge Theories." String Geometry and Beyond. Texas A&M Soltis Center, San Isidro, Costa Rica. Nov. 26 2013.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Metastability, Instability, and Ensemble Inequivalence in Thermal Holographic Gauge Theories"." Virginia-DC-Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Nov. 2, 2014.

Lawrence, Albion E. "Metastability, Instability, and Ensemble Inequivalence in." Open Questions in an Open Universe. Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. August 16 2013.

Matthew Headrick, Albion Lawrence, and Matthew Roberts. "Bose-Fermi duality and entanglement entropies." __J. Stat. Mech.__ 1302. (2013): P02022.

Matthew Kleban, Albion Lawrence, Matthew Roberts, and Stefano Storace. "Metastability and Instability in Holographic Gauge Theories." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 1406. (2013): 152.

Vijay Balasubramanian, Monica Guica, and Albion Lawrence. "Holographic Interpretations of the Renormalization Group." __J. High Energy Phys.__ 1301. (2013): 115.

Albion Lawrence. "Theta angle monodromy in two dimensions." __Physical Review D__ 85. (2012): 105029.

Nemanja Kaloper, Albion Lawrence, and Lorenzo Sorbo. "An ignoble approach to large field inflation." __Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics__ 1103. (2012): 023.

Sergei Dubovsky, Albion Lawrence, and Matt Roberts. "Axion Monodromy in a model of holographic gluodynamics." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 1202. (2012): 053.

Allan Adams, Albion Lawrence, and Ian Swanson. "Exact Null Tachyons From RG Flows." __Physical Review D__ 80. (2010): 106005.

Gary Horowitz, Albion Lawrence, and Eva Silverstein. "Insightful D-branes." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 0907. (2010): 057.

Lawrence, Albion E. "F-term SUSY breaking and moduli." __Physical Review D__ 79. (2009): 101701.

Lawrence, Albion; Sander, Tobias; Schulz, Michael; Wecht, Brian. "Torsion and supersymmetry breaking." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 0807:042. (2008): 43 pages.

Freedman, Daniel Z.; Headrick, Matthew; and Lawrence, Albion. "On closed string tachyon dynamics." __Physical Review D__ 73. (2007): 066015 (20 pages).

Gaberdiel, Matthias and Lawrence, Albion. "Bulk perturbations of N=2 branes." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 0705. 087 (2007): 35 pages.

Green, Daniel; Lawrence, Albion; McGreevy, John; Morrison, David R; and Silverstein, Eva. "Dimensional Duality." __Physical Review D__ D76. 066004 (2007): 25 pages.

Lawrence, Albion and Sever, Amit. "Scattering of twist fields from D-branes and orientifolds." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 0709:094. (2007): 35 pages.

Kruczenski, Martin and Lawrence, Albion. "Random Walks and the Hagedorn Transition." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 2006. 0607 (2006): 031 (34 pages).

Lawrence, Albion; Schulz, Michael; and Wecht, Brian. "D-branes in nongeometric backgrounds." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 2006. 0607 (2006): 038 (27 pages).

Lawrence, Albion; and Sever, Amit. "Holography and renormalization in Lorentzian signature." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 2006. 0610 (2006): 013 (46 pages).

Lawrence,Albion E., John McGreevy. __Remarks on Branes, Fluxes, and Soft SUSY Breaking__. Proc. of Proceedinngs for QTS3. Cincinnati, Ohio: World Scientific, 2005.

Lawrence,Albion E and John McGreevy. "D-terms and D-strings in Open String Models." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 0410 (2004): 056 (29 pages).

Lawrence,Albion E and John McGreevy. "Local String Models of Soft Supersymmetry Breaking." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ 2004. 0406 (2004): 007 (36 pages).

Lawrence,Albion E and John McGreevy. __Remarks on Branes, Fluxes and Soft Supersymmetry Breaking__. Proc. of Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Quantum Theory and Symmetries. 2004.

Lawrence,Albion E., John McGreevy. "D-terms and D-strings in open string models." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ (2004): 56.

Lawrence,Albion E., John McGreevy. "Local String Models of Soft SUSY Breaking." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ (2004): 007.

Lawrence,Albion E, Nemanja Kaloper, Matthew Kleban, Stephen Shenker, and Leonard Susskind. "Initial Conditions for Inflation." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ (2002): 037.

Lawrence,Albion E, Nemanja Kaloper, Matthew Kleban, and Stephen Shenker. "Signatures of Short Distance Physics in the Cosmic Microwave Background." __Physical Review D__ (2002): 123510.

Lawrence,Albion E. "On the Instability of 3D Null Singularities." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ (2002): 019.

Lawrence,Albion E, Paul Aspinwall. "Derived Categories and Zero-Brane Stability." __Journal of High Energy Physics__ (2001): 004.