Chris Gerig

6th year PhD candidate

e-mail: cgerig (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Office: 1075 Evans Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Symplectic geometry (J-holomorphic curves & embedded contact homology),
Gauge theory (Seiberg-Witten equations & monopole Floer homology),
Relations between them. My current interest is to gain information about smooth 4-manifolds by using symplectic techniques outside of the symplectic world and in combination with gauge theory.

My PhD adviser is Michael Hutchings.
After this spring semester I will be an NSF postdoc at Harvard.


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 1-2 years 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.