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François David

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François David
François David at IPhT
Born (1955-02-04) February 4, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materEcole Normale Supérieure
Known forQuantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Statistical Mechanics of Surfaces, Membranes and Biological Objects
  • Bronze Medal of CNRS (1983)
  • Prix Ampère of the French Academy of Sciences (1994)

François David (born February 4, 1955 in Neuilly sur Seine) is a French theoretical physicist.

Biography[edit | edit source]

François David studied from 1974-1978 physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and graduated in 1982 with a PhD-thesis on Infrared Problems in Perturbative Field Theory.

He works since 1980 as a theoretical physicist at CEA Saclay, where he became Directeur de Recherche (CNRS) in 1989. He was visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1983-1984). From 1996 - 2001 he directed the École de physique des Houches. He is currently head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (IPhT), CEA Saclay.

He made seminal contributions to matrix models and quantum gravity.[1][2], the crumpling transition in elastic membranes[3], self-avoiding manifolds[4][5][6], RNA folding[7], tree growth-processes, and quantum mechanics[8]

He taught for many years the master class on "Statistical Field Theory" at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. David, F. (1988). "Conformal field theories coupled to 2-d gravity in the conformal gauge". Modern Physics Letters A. 03 (17): 1651. Bibcode:1988MPLA....3.1651D. doi:10.1142/S0217732388001975.
  2. David, F. (1985). "Planar diagrams, two-dimensional lattice gravity and surface models". Nucl. Phys. B. 257: 45–58. Bibcode:1985NuPhB.257...45D. doi:10.1016/0550-3213(85)90335-9.
  3. David, F.; Guitter, E. (1988). "Crumpling Transition in Elastic Membranes: Renormalization Group Treatment". EPL. 5 (8): 709–713. Bibcode:1988EL......5..709D. doi:10.1209/0295-5075/5/8/008.
  4. David, F.; Duplantier, B.; Guitter, E. (1997). "Renormalization Theory for the Self-Avoiding Polymerized Membranes". arXiv:cond-mat/9702136.
  5. David, F.; Wiese, K.J. (1996). "Scaling of Self-Avoiding Tethered Membranes: 2-Loop Renormalization Group Results". Phys. Rev. Lett. 76 (24): 4564. arXiv:cond-mat/9602125. Bibcode:1996PhRvL..76.4564D. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.4564. PMID 10061323.
  6. David, F.; Wiese, K.J. (2005). "Instanton calculus for the self-avoiding manifold model". J. Stat. Phys. 120 (5–6): 875–1035. arXiv:cond-mat/0409765. Bibcode:2005JSP...120..875D. doi:10.1007/s10955-005-5253-9.
  7. David, F.; Wiese, K.J. (2007). "Systematic Field Theory of the RNA Glass Transition". Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (12): 128102. arXiv:q-bio/0607044. Bibcode:2007PhRvL..98l8102D. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.128102. PMID 17501158.
  8. David, F. (2015). The Formalisms of Quantum Mechanics. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10539-0.

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