|Alma mater||University of Chicago (Ph.D.)|
|Known for||String theory |
Heterotic string theory
|Fields||Theoretical physics |
|Institutions||University of Pennsylvania|
|Doctoral advisors||Benjamin W. Lee |
Ovrut earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Chicago in 1978. His doctoral advisors were Benjamin W. Lee and Yoichiro Nambu, and his thesis was on an Sp(4) x U(1) Theory of the Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions.
Ovrut is one of those who pioneered the use of M-theory to explain the Big Bang without the presence of a singularity. Together with Justin Khoury, Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok, he introduced the notion of the Ekpyrotic Universe, "... a cosmological model in which the hot big bang universe is produced by the collision of a brane in the bulk space with a bounding orbifold plane, beginning from an otherwise cold, vacuous, static universe".
- Professor Burt Ovrut University of Pennsylvania Home Page
- A discussion of Burt Ovrut's recent work that reproduces the MSSM
- Membrane Theory
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