In 1983 JG Russo obtained a fellowship to study physics at the Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina, where he obtained the degree (Licenciatura) in Physics (12/1986). He was awarded a SISSA fellowship to follow the PhD programme at SISSA, Trieste, Italy, where he finished his PhD (10/1990) under the supervision of Daniele Amati on Quantum gravity and String theory. As a postdoc at Stanford University, USA, he collaborated with L. Susskind on black hole physics. He continued his research on black holes and string theory first at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and then at CERN, Geneva. In 1998 JG Russo moved to the University of Buenos Aires as a Professor and in 04/2003 joined ICREA as a Research Professor.

### Jorge G. Russo

#### Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Research interests

A major challenge of theoretical physics is unveiling the fundamental laws that govern the universe. The microscopic world, governed by quantum mechanics, is fuzzy, uncertain and involves three forces among elementary particles: electromagnetic, weak nuclear and strong nuclear. The gravitational force, described by Einstein general relativity, is instead observed at large scales. But this theory is incompatible with quantum mechanics. Superstring theory is presently the best candidate to reconcile gravity with quantum mechanics and thus to provide a unifying framework for the four forces of nature.

#### Selected publications

– **Russo JG** & Townsend PK 2019, ‘Late-time Cosmic Acceleration from Compactification‘, *Classical & Quantum Gravity*, 36, 9, 095008.

– **Russo JG **& Townsend PK 2019, ‘Time-dependent compactification to de Sitter space: a no-go theorem’, *Journal Of High Energy Physics*, 6, 097.

– Bourget A, Rodriguez-Gomez D & **Russo JG** 2019, ‘Universality of Toda equation in superconformal field theories‘, *Journal Of High Energy Physics*, 2, 011.

– **Russo JG**, Widen E & Zarembo K 2019, ‘N = 2∗ phase transitions and holography‘, *Journal of High Energy Physics*, 02, 196.

– **Russo JG** 2019, ‘Properties of the partition function of N=2 supersymmetric QCD with massive matter‘, *Journal Of High Energy Physics*, 7, 125.

– Arias-Tamargo G, Rodriguez-Gomez D & **Russo JG** 2019, ‘The large charge limit of scalar field theories and the Wilson-Fisher fixed point at epsilon=0’, *Journal Of High Energy Physics*, 1910, 201.

#### Selected research activities

Organizer of the Workshop “Gauge theories, Supergravity and Superstrings” Centro de Ciencias Pedro Pascual, Jun 10-21 2019, Benasque, Spain.

Member of the International Advisory Committee for the ‘8th Bangkok Workshop on High-Energy Theory’, Bangkok, Thailand, Jan 7-11 2019.

Invited seminar “Properties of Supersymmetric QCD with massive matter”, KU Leuven, Institute for Theoretical Physics, May 8 2019, Belgium.

Invited seminar “Survey of quantum phase transitions in supersymmetric theories”, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, May 6 2019, Italy.

Invited seminar “Conformal anomalies in spaces with boundaries”, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Oct 17 2019.

Invited speaker at the “19th Hellenic School on Elementary Particle Physics and Gravity”. 10-15 sept 2019, Corfu, Greece.

Invited speaker at “72th Meeting Strings@ar network”, Instituto de Física de La Plata, March 6 2019, Argentina.

Invited speaker at “mu-Workshop on Theoretical Physics”, Universidad de Oviedo. Nov 26 1019, Spain.

Committee member in PhD thesis and for academic positions.

Evaluator for funding proposals for FNRS, Belgium.