​I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics,
University of California, Davis, and a founding member of Center for ​Quantum Mathematics And Physics (QMAP).

I did my undergraduate study at Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics of Charles University in Prague in 2008. I got the PhD degree from Princeton University in 2013 under the supervision of Nima Arkani-Hamed. Then I was a Prize postdoctoral fellow at Walter Burke Institute at Caltech. In 2015 I started as an assistant professor and founding member of QMAP at UC Davis.

My research interests are: quantum field theory, supersymmetry, and string theory. I am working on exploring new mathematical structures in scattering amplitudes, mainly in the context of maximally supersymmetric gauge theory and gravity. Recently, we found that in the planar limit of N=4 Super Yang-Mills theory the amplitudes can be calculated as volumes of Amplituhedron (see nice review in Quanta magazine or the new-scientist). Currently I am working on the extension of this picture to other quantum field theories.

Research: My CV and list of publications. Recently, I have been working on the further mathematical understanding of the amplituhedron which resulted in a paper with Nima Arkani-Hamed and Hugh Thomas. In another paper with Jake Bourjaily and Enrico Herrmann we used a refined version of unitarity methods to calculate higher loop integrands in planar N=4 SYM theory. In the other project I looked on vector effective field theories from the amplitudes perspective and we found Born-Infeld as a special theory.

Teaching: In the winter term 2017/2018, I will teach Physics 9B and in the spring the course on the Superstring theory and D-branes.

Workshops: In 2017 I organized two programs on amplitudes, in February a 2-week MITP workshop in Mainz, and in April-June the 3-month long program at KITP. This summer I also lectured at the Amplitudes 2017 summer school in Edinburgh, and participated in the MIAPP program on amplitudes in Munich. In October, I will spoke at Bay Area Particle Theory Seminar (BAPTS) in San Francisco, and in December I organized QCD meets gravity workshop at UCLA.

Amplitudes 2018: Next summer, I will co-organize the annual amplitudes conference, which will be held at SLAC on June 18-22. It will be preceded by the summer school to be held on June 11-15 at UC Davis as a QMAP event.

Office address:
Department of Physics,
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Email: trnka at ucdavis.edu