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Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Palazzo della Carovana, piano terzo, stanza 73

Present Position: Assistant Professor of Theoretical Physics

  • 2011 PhD at National Scientific Laboratory after A. Alikhanyan “Yerevan Physics Institute”, Yerevan, Armenia.
    Thesis Title: “Higher Spin Interacting Quantum Field Theories and Higher Order Conformal Invariant Lagrangians”. Advisor: Prof. Ruben Manvelyan
  • 2008 Master in Theoretical Physics at Yerevan State University, Department of Physics. Project: “Conformal powers of the Laplacian and Fefferman-Graham method.” Advisor: Prof. Ruben Manvelyan
  • 2006 B. Sc. (Physics) at Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia (with Distinction)

Academic career:

  • 2018-19 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam, Germany
  • 2016-18 Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam, Germany
  • 2015-16 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011-14 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Scuola Normale Superiore & INFN, Pisa, Italy

Awards and Honors:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (2016-18)

Research activity:

  • Fundamental Interactions, Classical and Quantum Field Theory, General Relativity, String Theory, AdS/CFT
  • Generalized Theories of Gravity: Higher-Spin Gravity, Colored Gravity, Massive (Multi-)Gravity, Partially-Massless Fields. Electric-Magnetic Duality, Self-Dual (Chiral) Fields

INSPIRE profile: about 640 citations, h=14, 2 TOP 50 (October, 2019)

Referee for:

  • Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP)
  • Physical Review Letters (PRL)
  • Physical Review D (PRD)
  • Nuclear Physics B (NPB)

Main contributions:

- Cubic and higher-order interactions for arbitrary spins:

  • R. Manvelyan, KM and W. Rühl, “General trilinear interaction for arbitrary even higher spin gauge fields,” Nucl. Phys. B836 (2010) 204 [arXiv:1003.2877 [hep-th]] [93 cites]
  • E. Conde, E. Joung and KM, “Spinor-Helicity Three-Point Amplitudes from Local Cubic Interactions,” JHEP 1608 (2016) 040 [arXiv:1605.07402 [hep-th]]
  • D. Francia, G. L. Monaco and KM, “Cubic interactions of Maxwell-like higher spins,” JHEP 1704 (2017) 068 [arXiv:1611.00292 [hep-th]]
  • KM, “Cubic interactions of massless bosonic fields in three dimensions,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 120 (2018) 221601 [arXiv:1712.10003 [hep-th]]
  • S. Fredenhagen, O. Krüger and KM, “Vertex-Constraints in 3D Higher Spin Theories,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 123 (2019) 131601 [arXiv:1905.00093 [hep-th]]

- Higher-spin algebras:

  • R. Manvelyan, KM, R. Mkrtchyan and S. Theisen, “On Higher Spin Symmetries in AdS_5,” JHEP 1310 (2013) 185  [arXiv:1304.7988 [hep-th]].
  • E. Joung and KM, “Notes on higher-spin algebras: minimal representations and structure constants,” JHEP 1405 (2014) 103 [arXiv:1401.7977 [hep-th]]
  • E. Joung and KM, “Partially-massless higher-spin algebras and their finite-dimensional truncations,” JHEP 1601 (2016) 003 [arXiv:1508.07332 [hep-th]]

- Simplified actions for chiral p-forms:

  • KM, “On Covariant Actions for Chiral p-Forms,” arXiv:1908.01789 [hep-th]

- Colored gravity:

  • S. Gwak, E. Joung, KM and S.J. Rey, “Rainbow Valley of Colored (Anti) de Sitter Gravity in Three Dimensions,” JHEP 1604 (2016) 055 [arXiv:1511.05220 [hep-th]]

- Partially-massless gravity:

  • E. Joung, KM and G. Poghosyan, “Looking for partially-massless gravity,” JHEP 1907 (2019) 116 [arXiv:1904.05915 [hep-th]]