Luca Victor Iliesiu

Job title: 
Assistant Professor

Luca Iliesiu received his BA in Physics from Princeton University in 2015. He remained there for his PhD which he received in 2020. He was then appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he was part of the Simons Ultra Quantum Matter Collaboration, before starting as an assistant professor at Berkeley in January 2024.

Research interests: 

Iliesiu is a high-energy theorist with a broad set of interests in quantum field theory, quantum gravity, and their relation to particle and condensed matter physics.  On the gravity side, he seeks to understand how gravitational objects, such as black holes, obey the rules of quantum mechanics. Recent research highlights include resolving the longstanding problem of the breakdown of thermodynamics for low-temperature black holes, recovering the integer degeneracy of supersymmetric black hole microstates by solely using the gravitational path integral, or understanding how global symmetries are violated in quantum gravity due to non-perturbative effects. On the quantum field theory side, he is interested in understanding the space of such theories using analytic and numerical constraints. To understand the possible universality classes in such a space, he helped develop the spinning conformal bootstrap, placing the first, and, so far, best constraints on CFTs with fermionic degrees of freedom.

Selected Publications

Luca V. Iliesiu, Sameer Murthy, Gustavo J. Turiaci, "Revisiting the Logarithmic Corrections to the Black Hole Entropy", arXiv:2209.13608

Luca V. Iliesiu, Sameer Murthy, Gustavo J. Turiaci, "Black hole microstate counting from the gravitational path integral", arXiv:2209.13602

Rajeev S. Erramilli, Luca V. Iliesiu, Petr Kravchuk, Aike Liu, David Poland, David Simmons-Duffin, "The Gross-Neveu-Yukawa archipelago", JHEP 02 (2023),

Luca V. Iliesiu, Mark Mezei, Gabor Sarosi, "The volume of the black hole interior at late times", JHEP 07 (2022), arXiv:2107.06286

Matthew Heydeman, Luca V. Iliesiu, Gustavo J. Turiaci, Wenli Zhao, "The statistical mechanics of near-BPS black holes", J.Phys.A 55 (2022), arXiv:2011.01953

Luca V. Iliesiu, Gustavo J. Turiaci, "The statistical mechanics of near-extremal black holes", JHEP 05 (2021), arXiv:2003.02860

Luca V. Iliesiu, Murat Koloğlu, Raghu Mahajan, Eric Perlmutter, David Simmons-Duffin, "The Conformal Bootstrap at Finite Temperature", JHEP 10 (2018), arXiv:1802.10266