Rafael I Nepomechie

Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-7124
Locator Code:
4620

 
About

Activities

As a Professor here at the University of Miami, I have two main activities:
  • Teaching

    Each semester I have been teaching either an undergraduate (Psc 101, Phy 101, Phy 321, Phy 350, Phy 351, Phy 515) or graduate (Phy 517, Phy 540, Phy 560, Phy 561, Phy 612, Phy 616, Phy 670, Phy 671) course, as well as a discussion section of introductory physics (Phy 101, Phy 102, Phy 205). While the 100- and 200- level courses have large enrollments (up to 150), the discussion sections are smaller (up to 30), and the upper-level courses are quite small (5-10), and there is ample opportunity for student-teacher interaction.

  • Research

    While in graduate school at the University of Chicago, I worked on string theory, and I received a PhD in 1982 (two years before the 1984 string revolution). I continued working on string theory and quantum field theory (as a postdoc at Brandeis University and at the University of Washington, and then as a faculty member here in Miami) until the end of that decade. My research interests then turned to integrable quantum spin chains and integrable quantum field theories. Currently I am studying integrability in string theory.

    For a brief introduction (beginning graduate student level) to some of the concepts which play a key role in the current understanding of integrable models (the Yang-Baxter equation, the Quantum Inverse Scattering Method, and the Bethe ansatz), please see my spin chain primer.

Career

Education

Post Doctoral String theory and Quantum field theory Brandeis University
Post Doctoral String theory and Quantum field theory University of Washington
1982 Ph.D. University of Chicago
Research

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: String thoery, quantum field theory, integrable quantum spin chains, integrable quantum field theories, integrability in string theory

Research Projects

NSF Grants

Particle Theory
Award Number:9007517; Principal Investigator:Thomas Curtright; Co-Principal Investigator:Luca Mezincescu, Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:07/01/1990; Award Amount:$144,133.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:9870101; Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Co-Principal Investigator:Luca Mezincescu, Thomas Curtright, Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:08/01/1998; Award Amount:$371,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Particle Theory
Award Number:9209978; Principal Investigator:Thomas Curtright; Co-Principal Investigator:Luca Mezincescu, Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:08/15/1992; Award Amount:$387,969.00; Relevance:96.0;


Particle Theory (Physics)
Award Number:8703390; Principal Investigator:Luca Mezincescu; Co-Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:07/01/1987; Award Amount:$310,844.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:9507829; Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Co-Principal Investigator:Luca Mezincescu, Thomas Curtright, Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:06/15/1995; Award Amount:$533,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:0098088; Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Co-Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:08/15/2001; Award Amount:$172,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:0554821; Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Co-Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:06/15/2006; Award Amount:$240,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:0244261; Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Co-Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:09/15/2003; Award Amount:$260,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:0854366; Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Co-Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:09/15/2009; Award Amount:$240,000.00; Relevance:96.0;


Theory of Elementary Particles
Award Number:1212337; Principal Investigator:Rafael Nepomechie; Co-Principal Investigator:Orlando Alvarez; Organization:University of Miami;NSF Organization:PHY Start Date:08/15/2012; Award Amount:$180,000.00; Relevance:96.0;

Publications

Nicolas Crampe, Rafael I. Nepomechie. " Equivalent T-Q relations and exact results for the open TASEP " (2018). [Link]


Rafael I. Nepomechie, Rodrigo A. Pimenta. "New $D_{n+1}^{(2)}$ K-matrices with quantum group symmetry" (2018). [Link]


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