Chris Gerig

5th year PhD candidate

e-mail: cgerig (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Office: some random café

Curriculum Vitae


I am currently thinking about cobordism maps in Embedded Contact Homology by counting pseudoholomorphic curves, with its relation to Seiberg-Witten theory. My current interest is in using symplectic techniques outside of the symplectic world, in combination with gauge theory, to gain information about 4-manifolds.
My adviser is Michael Hutchings.


Some Notes



As an undergraduate I majored in Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell, while doing research in low-temperature experimental physics. Here is my honors thesis, Investigation of the Breakdown of Newtonian Gravity at Submicron Length-Scales, under my physics mentor Seamus Davis.

I entered the PhD Physics program at UC Berkeley for one year, before quitting to join their math department. 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.

For a while I ran the Graduate Social Club at UC Berkeley (a project under the graduate government), hosting small and large social events for the campus-wide graduate community.