Associate Professor of Physics
Condensed Matter Physics; Particle Physics; Quantum Physics
Professor Poland received a B.S in physics from MIT in 2004 and went on to receive a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 2008, where he
studied physics beyond the standard model, supersymmetry, and dark matter. His research began focusing on conformal field
theories while he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (2008‐2011) and a Member at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton (2011‐2012). He joined the faculty at Yale University in 2012 and he has also been a Junior Visiting Professor
at the Institute for Advanced Study (2015‐2016) and a Visiting Associate in Theoretical Physics at Caltech (2018‐2019).
Professor Poland's research is aimed at developing new nonperturbative methods for quantum field theory, with applications to
particle physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum gravity. He is primarily focused on developing both numerical and
analytical approaches to conformal field theories using an idea called the ``bootstrap", which combines constraints from
symmetries and unitarity to make predictions for physical observables. This approach has led to precise predictions for critical
exponents which appear in a variety of physical systems, including water, magnets, and superfuild Helium.
More broadly, the bootstrap approach allows one to map out the space of conformal field theories and learn about their
nonperturbative properties, which can place constraints on scenarios for physics beyond the standard model or the phases of
condensed matter systems, teach us about quantum gravity using holography, and act as a discovery tool for identifying new
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008