e-mail: cgerig (at) berkeley (dot)
Office: 848 Evans Hall
I am thinking about Seiberg-Witten Theory and Near-Symplectic Geometry. But this interest extends (generically) to anything related to symplectic geometry and gauge theory.
My adviser is Michael Hutchings.
String Theory requires the existence of extra spacial dimensions, and this could be the reason that gravity is weaker than the other three fundamental forces. At small distances Newton's Law of Gravitation should not just be an inverse-square proportion, but should have an exponential-decay perturbation (a Yukawa potential) which envelops the effects of these dimensions. Our experiment hopes to either detect this perturbation or extend the realm at which we know Newton's Law holds. This requires ultra-sensitive measurements, and as such it is run at extremely cold temperatures (using liquid Helium) and housed in a low-vibration floating room. My contribution was the design/construction of an apparatus to measure the gravitational force between two masses separated by a few microns.I worked under Dan Stamper-Kurn for a few months as a graduate student, with the intent of using cold atoms to study cQED (cavity quantum electrodynamics). I began by designing/building a laser to use in the lab and writing a documentation, Grating-Stabilized 1064nm Diode Laser, so that future students can easily build more.