Mark A. Stern
Professor of Mathematics
The focus of Professor Stern's research is the study of analytic problems arising in geometry, topology, and physics.
In recent work, Professor Stern has studied analytical, geometric, and topological questions arising from YangMills theory, string theory, and Hodge theory. These have led for example to a study of (i) stability questions arising in Yang Mills theory and harmonic maps, (ii) energy minimizing connections and instantons, (iii) new Hodge structures on vector bundles, (iv) the analysis of harmonic spinors on singular spin structures, and (v) non fredholm index theories and exotic fixed point theorems.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
 Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 1992
Contact Information
 116 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
 Box 90320, Durham, NC 277080320
 stern@math.duke.edu (919) 6602840
 https://www.math.duke.edu/faculty/stern
 Background

Education, Training, & Certifications
 Ph.D., Princeton University 1984
 B.S., Texas A&M University 1980

Duke Appointment History
 Chair, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2006  2009
 Associate Chair, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2003  2005
 Associate Professor with Tenure, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 1989  1992
 Associate Professor, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 1988  1989
 Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 1985  1988
 Recognition

Awards & Honors
 Research

Selected Grants
 Instanton Decay and Nonlinear Harmonic Forms awarded by Simons Foundation 2015  2020
 Chern awarded by National Science Foundation 2010  2014
 Positive Mass, Singularities, and Supersymmetry awarded by National Science Foundation 2005  2010
 Bound States, Singularities, and Supersymmetry awarded by National Science Foundation 2002  2006
 (980381) NonFredholm Index Theory, Matrix, Models, and Hodge Theory awarded by National Science Foundation 1998  2003
 (970445) Hodge Structures and L2 Cohomology awarded by National Science Foundation 1995  1999
 (960809) Hodge Structures and L2 Cohomology awarded by National Science Foundation 1995  1999
 (950287) Hodge Structures and L2 Cohomology awarded by National Science Foundation 1995  1997
 (940102) Presidential Young Investigator Award: Mathematical Sciences awarded by National Science Foundation 1989  1994
 (860081) Some New Spectral Invariants and Their Relationship to Automorphic Forms and Geodesics awarded by National Science Foundation 1986  1988
 Publications & Artistic Works

Selected Publications

Book Sections
 ""Nonlinear Harmonic Forms and Indefinite Bochner Formulas " in Hodge Theory and L^2Analysis." Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2017. (Chapter)
 ""Nonlinear Harmonic Forms and Indefinite Bochner Formulas " in Hodge Theory and L^2Analysis." Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2017. (Chapter)
 Stern, MA. "Geometry of Stable Yang Mills Connections." In Advances in Geometric Analysis. International Pressof Boston Incorporated, 2012.
 Saper, L, and Stern, M. "Appendix to: On the shape of the contribution of a fixed point on the boundary. The case of Qrank one, by M. Rapoport." In The zeta functions of Picard modular surfaces based on lectures delivered at a CRM Workshop in the spring of 1988, edited by R Langlands and D Ramakrishnan, 489491. Montréal: Centre De Recherches Mathématiques, 1992. (Chapter) Link to Item

Journal Articles
 Stern, MA. "Asymptotic Hodge Theory of Vector Bundles." Communications in Analysis and Geometry 23, no. 3 (December 1, 2015): 559609.
 Degeratu, A, and Stern, M. "Witten Spinors on Nonspin Manifolds." Communications in Mathematical Physics 324, no. 2 (2013): 301350. Full Text
 Melnikov, I, Quigley, C, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Target spaces from chiral gauge theories." Journal of High Energy Physics 2013, no. 2 (2013): 156. Full Text
 Quigley, C, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Novel Branches of (0,2) Theories." JHEP 1209, no. 064 (2012). (Academic Article) Link to Item
 Quigley, C, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Novel branches of (0, 2) theories." Journal of High Energy Physics 2012, no. 9 (2012). Full Text
 Stern, M. "Geometry of minimal energy YangMills connections." Journal of Differential Geometry 86, no. 1 (2010): 163188.
 Stern, M. "Fixed point theorems from a de Rham perspective." Asian Journal of Mathematics 13, no. 1 (October 26, 2009): 065088.
 Paban, S, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Noncommutativity and Supersymmetry." Journal of High Energy Physics 2002, no. 03 (March 1, 2002): 012012. Full Text
 Paban, S, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "I. Noncommutativity and supersymmetry." Journal of High Energy Physics 6, no. 3 (2002): 183200.
 Stern, MA. "Quantum Mechanical Mirror Symmetry, D Branes, and B fields." eprint (2002). (Academic Article) Link to Item
 BrittoPacumio, R, Maloney, A, Strominger, A, and Stern, M. "Spinning bound states of two and three black holes." Journal of High Energy Physics 5, no. 11 (2001): XLIV19.
 Pardon, W, and Stern, M. "Pure hodge structure on the L_{2}cohomology of varieties with isolated singularities." Journal fur die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik 533 (2001): 5580.
 Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "The structure of the D0D4 bound state." Nuclear Physics B 578, no. 12 (2000): 163198.
 Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Invariance theorems for supersymmetric YangMills theories." Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 4, no. 2 (2000): 112.
 Stern, M, and Yi, P. "Counting YangMills dyons with index theorems." Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology 62, no. 12 (2000): 115.
 Paban, S, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Summing up instantons in threedimensional YangMills theories." Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 3, no. 2 (1999): 118.
 Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Supersymmetry and the YangMills effective action at finite N." Journal of High Energy Physics 3, no. 6 (1999): XIV16.
 Paban, S, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Supersymmetry and higher derivative terms in the effective action of YangMills theories." Journal of High Energy Physics 2, no. 6 (1998): XXII6.
 Paban, S, Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Constraints from extended supersymmetry in quantum mechanics." Nuclear Physics B 534, no. 12 (1998): 137154.
 Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "Dbrane bound states redux." Communications in Mathematical Physics 194, no. 3 (1998): 675705.
 Sethi, S, and Stern, M. "A comment on the spectrum of Hmonopoles." Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and HighEnergy Physics 398, no. 12 (1997): 4751.
 Sethi, S, Stern, M, and Zaslow, E. "Monopole and dyon bound states in N = 2 supersymmetric YangMills theories." Nuclear Physics, Section B 457, no. 3 (1995): 484510. Full Text Open Access Copy
 Stern, M. "Lefschetz formulae for arithmetic varieties." Inventiones Mathematicae 115, no. 1 (1994): 241296. Full Text
 Stern, M. "Index theory for certain complete kähler manifolds." Journal of Differential Geometry 37, no. 3 (January 1, 1993): 467503.
 Pardon, WL, and Stern, MA. "L^{2} ∂cohomology of complex projective varieties." Journal of the American Mathematical Society 4, no. 3 (January 1, 1991): 603621. Full Text
 Stern, M, and Saper, L. "L²cohomology of arithmetic varieties." Annals of Mathematics 132, no. 1 (1990): 169. Link to Item
 Stern, M. "Eta invariants and Hermitian locally symmetric spaces." Journal of Differential Geometry 31, no. 3 (January 1, 1990): 771789.
 Stern, M. "L^{2}index theorems on locally symmetric spaces." Inventiones Mathematicae 96, no. 2 (1989): 231282. Full Text
 Saper, L, and Stern, M. "L²cohomology of arithmetic varieties." Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 84, no. 16 (August 1987): 55165519. Link to Item
 Cerbo, LFD, and Stern, M. "Price Inequalities and Betti Number Growth on Manifolds without Conjugate Points." Open Access Copy Link to Item
 Cherkis, SA, LarrainHubach, A, and Stern, M. "Instantons on multiTaubNUT Spaces I: Asymptotic Form and Index Theorem." Link to Item
 Lipnowski, M, and Stern, M. "Geometry of the smallest 1form Laplacian eigenvalue on hyperbolic manifolds." Link to Item
 Stern, M. "Spectral asymmetry for manifolds of special holonomy." Link to Item
 Stern, M. "$C^{\infty}$ Stability, Canonical Maps, and Discrete Dynamics." Link to Item
 Stern, MA. "Mechanical D Branes and B Fields." Link to Item
 Stern, MA. "B fields from a Luddite perspective." Full Text Link to Item

 Teaching & Mentoring

Recent Courses
 Scholarly, Clinical, & Service Activities

Presentations & Appearances
 Monotonicity and Betti number bounds. The Analysis of GaugeTheoretic Moduli Spaces. Banff International research Station. August 29, 2017  August 29, 2017 2017
 Instantons on ALF Spaces. Gauge Theory and Special Geometry. Mathematical Congress of the Americas. July 25, 2017  July 25, 2017 2017
 Spectral geometry of the 1 form Laplacian on hyperbolic manifolds.. Special Session on Geometry and Topology of Ball Quotients and Related Topics. AMS Eastern Sectional Meeting. May 6, 2017  May 6, 2017 2017
 Instantons on ALF spaces. City University NY. CUNY . December 6, 2016  December 6, 2016 2016
 Instantons on ALF spaces. Waterloo Geometry seminar. University of Waterloo. December 2, 2016  December 2, 2016 2016
 In search of the second derivative. ICTP Elementary Notions Seminar. ICTP. October 28, 2016  October 28, 2016 2016
 Instantons on ALF spaces. ICTP Geometry Seminar. ICTP. October 24, 2016  October 24, 2016 2016
 Instantons on ALF spaces. Harvard Geometry Seminar. Harvard University. October 11, 2016  October 11, 2016 2016
 Decay and Moduli of Yang Mills Instantons. Newton Institute. July 21, 2015 2015
 Introduction to nonlinear harmonic forms. U. Maryland. March 30, 2015 2015
 Introduction to nonlinear harmonic forms. Texas Geometry and Topology Conference. University of Houston. February 28, 2015 2015
 Introduction to nonlinear harmonic forms. Chinese University, Hong Kong. December 9, 2014 2014
 Introduction to nonlinear harmonic forms. Conference on Hodge Theory and L2cohomology. Johns Hopkins. November 22, 2014 2014
 Instanton Decay. Conference on Heterotic Strings and (0,2) QFT. Texas A&M. April 2014 2014
 Symmetry, singularity, and decay of Yang Mills fields. Texas A&M. March 20, 2014 2014
 Stability, Hodge theory, and Grassmann embeddings. May 21, 2013 2013
 Hodge theory, Yang Mills, and Stability. January 28, 2013 2013
 Asymptotic Hodge Theory of Vector Bundles. December 18, 2011 2011
 Stability, dynamics, and the quantum Hodge theory of vector bundles. November 30, 2010 2010
 The Quantum Hodge Theory of Vector Bundles. March 12, 2010 2010
 Geometry of Stable YangMills connections. October 20, 2009 2009
 Geometry of Minimal YangMills connections. April 6, 2009 2009
 Geometry of Stable YangMills connections. April 5, 2009 2009
 Minimal Energy YangMills Connections and Interpolating Instantons. October 28, 2008 2008

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