Ori Ganor

Ori Ganor

Associate Professor

Office: 403 LeConte
Main: (510) 642-4065
Other: (510) 486-4280

Research Area(s): Particle Physics


Ori Ganor received his B.Sc. in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1996, both from Tel-Aviv University. He was a Robert H. Dicke fellow from 1996 until 1998 and an assistant professor from 1998 until 2001 at Princeton University. He joined the UC Berkeley Physics faculty as an associate professor in 2002.

Research Interests

I am a string theorist and my research has focussed on various aspects of M-theory, F-theory, Matrix-models, Noncommutative geometry and the newly discovered six-dimensional theories and their large N limit. Over the past decade a lot of progress has been made in the study of strongly coupled supersymmetric field theories and string theories. The discovery of new field theories in six dimensions is one of the interesting recent developments. Their fundamental formulation is still mysterious but their existence was deduced from string theory. These theories are inherently strongly coupled quantum systems and they shed new light on nonperturbative and strong-coupling effects in gauge theories.

Current Projects
In our recent project we explored field theoretic models that exhibit nonlocal behavior. These models have emerged in the research on noncommutative field theories and their nonlocal behavior is related to macroscopic strings that become light under certain conditions. A better understanding of these models might shed more light on the microscopic structure of space and time.


O. J. Ganor, D. R. Morrison and N. Seiberg, "Branes, calabi-yau space, and toroidal compactification of the N=1 six-dimensional E8 theory," Nucl. Phys. B 487, 93 (1997).

O. J. Ganor and L. Motl, "Equations of the (2,0) theory and knitted five-branes," JHEP 05, 009 (1998).

O. J. Ganor and S. Sethi, "New perspectives in Yang-Mills theories with sixteen supersymmetries," JHEP 01, 007 (1998).

Y.-K. E. Cheung, O. J. Ganor and M. Krogh, "Correlators of the global symmetry currents of 4D and 6D superconformal theories," Nucl. Phys. B 523, 171 (1998).

Aaron Bergman and Ori J. Ganor, "Dipoles, twists and noncommutative gauge theory," JHEP 0010, 018 (2000).

Ori J. Ganor, Andrei Yu. Mikhailov, and Natalia Saulina, "Constructions of noncommutative instantons on T4 and K3," Nucl.Phys. B 591, 547 (2000).

Ori J. Ganor and Joanna L. Karczmarek, "M(atrix)-theory scattering in the noncommutative (2,0) theory," JHEP 0010, 024 (2000).

Ori J. Ganor, Govindan Rajesh, and Savdeep Sethi, "Duality and non-commutative gauge theory," Phys. Rev. D 62, 125008 (2000).

Aaron Bergman, Ori J. Ganor and Joanna Karczmarek, "A note on intersecting and fluctuating solitons in 4D noncommutative field theory," Phys. Rev. D 64, 065001 (2001).

Ori J. Ganor, "New M(atrix)-models for commutative and noncommutative gauge theories," hep-th/0010143.

Keshav Dasgupta, Ori J. Ganor, and Govindan Rajesh, "Vector deformations of N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory, pinned branes, and arched strings," JHEP 0104, 034 (2001).

Aaron Bergman, Keshav Dasgupta, Ori J. Ganor, Joanna Karczmarek, and Govindan Rajesh, "Nonlocal field theories and their gravity duals," to appear in Phys. Rev. D.