Lehman physicist named Outstanding Referee of Peer-Reviewed Journals


Dr. Daniel Kabat of Lehman College’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has been selected by the American Physical Society as an Outstanding Referee of both The Physical Review and The Physical Review Letters for 2012.

‘It’s a great honor,’ says Dr. Kabat, who has written more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, including his two most recent publications, ‘Thermal diffractive corrections to Casimir energies’ and ‘Constructing local bulk observables in interacting AdS/CFT’; both were published last year in The Physical Review.

Dr. Kabat is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. His main goal is to develop and understand a theory that accommodates both gravity and quantum mechanics in a single unified framework. He is currently working on a version of string theory known as the AdS/CFT correspondence, with the goal of understanding how the concepts of space and time-which, he points out, are only approximate notions-arise in this framework.

He also has worked on understanding the behavior of quantum black holes in string theory and has developed string theory models for the very early universe. He is currently studying modifications to Einstein’s theory of gravity, which could account for the increasingly rapid expansion that is taking place in the present-day universe. Much of his research has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining Lehman, Dr. Kabat was on the faculty of Columbia University. He also has held post-doctoral appointments at Rutgers University, New York University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Originally from California, Dr. Kabat earned his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from California Polytechnic State University and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993.

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