Prof Jan DE GIER

Head of School

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: G33 - Head of School Office
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Stochastic Processes
  • Integrable models
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Combinatorics

Research Groups

Recent Publications

  • L. Zhang, C. Finn, T. Garoni, J. de Gier. Behaviour of traffic on a link with traffic light boundaries. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 503, 116-138, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.physa.2018.02.201.

  • Z. Chen, J. de Gier, I Hiki, T. Sasamoto. Exact Confirmation of 1D Nonlinear Fluctuating Hydrodynamics for a Two-Species Exclusion Process. Physical Review Letters, 120, 240601, 2018. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.240601.

  • A. Garbali, J. de Gier, M. Wheeler. A New Generalisation of Macdonald Polynomials. Communications in Mathematical Physics, 352, 773-804, 2017. doi: 10.1007/s00220-016-2818-1.

  • J. de Gier, Gyorgy Z Feher, Bernard Nienhuis, Magdalena Rusaczonek. Integrable supersymmetric chain without particle conservation. Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 2016, 023104 (28pp), 2016. doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2016/02/023104.

  • J. de Gier, M. Wheeler. A Summation Formula for Macdonald Polynomials. Letters in Mathematical Physics, 106, 381-394, 2016. doi: 10.1007/s11005-016-0820-3.

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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 Ansatz"

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"

Past MSc Students

Name Project title
Kayed AL QASEMI "The Inhomogeneous Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process"
Chunhua CHEN "Schramm-Loewner Evolutions"
John FOXCROFT "A Comparative Study of Traffic Models"
Scott MASON "Quantum Random Walks"
Noon SILK "Minimal resource topological quantum computation"
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
2014 - 2016 ARC Centre Of Excellence ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS)
2012 - 2014 ARC Linkage Modelling large urban transport networks using stochastic cellular automata
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


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