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Babak Haghighat
Associate Professor
Yau Mathematical Science Center
253 JinChunYuan West Building,
Tsinghua University,
Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
E-mail: babakhaghighat (at) mail (dot) tsinghua (dot) edu (dot) cn

About me

I did my undergraduate and master at the University of Bonn from 2001 to 2006. Then I was a visiting fellow at the University of Wisconsin Madison until April 2007 when I returned to Bonn to pursue my Ph.D. under the supervision of professor Albrecht Klemm. After graduating from Bonn in 2010, I spent a one-year postdoc at ITF Utrecht. After that I was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University from 2011 to 2016. During this time I spent 2 years at the Harvard Physics Department and 3 years at the Harvard Mathematics Department. In 2016, I joined the String Theory Group of Yau Mathematical Science Center, Tsinghua University as a faculty member.


My research focuses on diverse aspects of superconformal theories (SCFTs) in various dimensions and their connection to string theory and topological string theory. This research lies at the interface between Physics and Mathematics and connects to the mathematics of various moduli spaces, algebraic and enumerative geoemtry as well as the theory of modular and automorphic forms. On the physics side it connects to perturbative and non-perturbative aspects of supersymmetric quantum field theories (QFTs) and their various observables.
A list of my publications can be found at inSPIRE.

My Group


Jin Jin Chen Jin Chun Yuan West Building 130 email
Wei Wei Cui BIMSA email

PhD Stutents

Xia Xia Gu Jin Chun Yuan West Building email
Yihua Yihua Liu Jin Chun Yuan West Building email
Youran Youran Sun Jin Chun Yuan West Building email

Former members

Marcus Marcus Sperling Now at Nanjing University email
Rui Rui Sun Now at KIAS email
Shuwei Shuwei Liu Now at Perimeter email
Shuhang Shuhang Yang email


This term I am teaching two courses, a course on 3D TQFT from 6D and the undergraduate course Physics 0.

In the past I have been teaching:

Fall 2021: Topological Quantum Computation
Spring 2021: Topological Field Theory
Fall 2020: Calculus I in English
Fall 2019: Calculus I in English
Spring 2019: Advanced Topics in QFT
Fall 2018: Calculus I in English
Spring 2018: 6d SCFTs and their compactifications
Fall 2017: SCFTs in various dimensions
Spring 2017: Introduction to Chern-Simons Theory


  • Due to COVID-19 all events are postponed to an indefinite time in the future.