Professor Jan DE GIER

Head of School

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: 113
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville Campus

Research Interests

  • Mathematical Physics

Research Groups

Extra Information

I am interested in solvable lattice models, an area of maths which offers exciting research possibilities in pure as well as applied mathematics. The study of solvable lattice models uses a variety of techniques, ranging from algebraic concepts such as Hecke algebras and quantum groups to analytic methods such as complex analysis and elliptic curves. Due to this wide variety of methods, the study of solvable lattice models often produces unexpected links between different areas of research. Currently I am studying such connections between enumerative combinatorics & statistical mechanics on the one hand, and symmetric polynomials, algebraic geometry & representation theory on the other. Aside from the pure maths aspects of solvable lattice models, they provide useful frameworks for modeling real world phenomena. Examples of solvable lattice models that are widely used in applications are quantum spin chains and ladders as models for metals and superconductivity, random tilings as models for quasicrystals and exclusion processes as models for traffic and fluid flow.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Zeying CHEN
John FOXCROFT "Combinatorial Enumeration and the Bethe Auzats."

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Caley FINN "The Asymmetric Exclusion Process with Open Boundaries"
Alexander LEE "Loop models on random geometries"
Anthony MAYS "Eigenvalue distributions in the complex plane"
Anita PONSAING "Combinatorial aspects of the quantum Knizhnik - Zamolodchikov equation"
Maria TSARENKO "Integrable Random Tiling Models"

Current MSc Students

Name Project title
Scott MASON

Past MSc Students

Name Project title
Kayed AL QASEMI
Chunhua CHEN "Schramm-Loewner Evolutions"
John FOXCROFT
Noon SILK
Maria TSARENKO "Discretely Holomorphic Observables and Integrable Loop Models"

Recent Grant History

Year(s) Source Type Title
2014 - 2016 ARC Discovery Multivariate polynomials:combinatorics and applications (080080)
2009 - 2011 ARC Discovery Polynomial representations of the Hecke algebra
2008 - 2009 ARC Linkage International Hecke algebras and hidden symmetries in quantum spin chains
2007 - 2011 ARC Discovery Statistical Topology and its Application to Deriving New Geometric Invariants
2006 - 2008 ARC Linkage International Exact dynamics of the asymmetric exclusion process with boundaries

Responsibilities

  • MATRIX Director

Committees

  • Research and Industry Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee