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Arlie O. Petters, Benjamin Powell Professor of Mathematics and Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Physics and Economics and Bass Fellow of Mathematics
 Mathematical Physics
Mathematics  tools form differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory
Physics  problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light (gravitational lensing, general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology)My current research in mathematical physics is on gravitational lensing, which is the study of how gravity acts on light. In particular, I utilizing weak and strong deflection gravitational lensing to characterize the geometry of spacetime around black holes, test theories of gravity, and probe the nature of dark matter on galactic scales. I employ tools from astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, high energy physics, and a variety of mathematical fields (e.g., differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory).
A mathematical theory of gravitational lensing is presented in the monograph:
Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing (A. O. Petters, H. Levine, and J. Wamsbganss).
Two layman articles about my research are at:
Ripple Effect (Scott Huler).
Prescription lens brings spinning black holes into focus (Ashley Yeager).  Mathematical and Scientific Methods in Business Administration
Mathematical finance with applications
Entrepreneurship and business innovation in STEM fields (developing world)By current business administration activities are threefold. First, I am coauthoring a text on Mathematical Finance with Xiaoying Dong, who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in our department and a trader for over 20 years. This book is aimed at first year graduate students from mathematics, economics, physics, computer science, and engineering. Second, at Duke's Fuqua School of Business I supervise the finance concentration research projects of Executive M.B.A. students. These projects cover a variety of topics: company valuations, derivatives, portfolio theory, mergers and acquisitions, etc. Third, I am involved with sustainable business and environmentally friendly applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a developingworld setting that integrates education and entrepreneurship. These efforts are being piloted in Belize in collaboration with the Petters Research Institute and through my appointment with Fuqua. The overall goal is to research innovative ways to help drive national development through applications of STEM tools.
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Office Phone:  (919) 6843465 
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Web Page:  http://www.math.duke.edu/~petters 
 Education:
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1991 B.A. CUNY Hunter College 1986 M.A. CUNY Hunter College 1986
 Specialties:

Mathematical Physics
Geometry
Probability
 Research Interests:
 Mathematical Physics:
Mathematics  Differential Geometry, Singularities, Probability Theory
Physics  Gravitational Lensing, General Relativity, Astrophysics, CosmologyMy current research in mathematical physics deals with employing weak and strong deflection gravitational lensing to test theories of gravity, explore the geometry of spacetime around black holes, and probe the nature of dark matter on galactic scales. I utilize tools from astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, high energy physics, and a variety of mathematical fields (e.g., differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory). A mathematical theory of gravitational lensing is presented in the monograph:
Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing (A. O. Petters, H. Levine, and J. Wamsbganss).
 Business Administration:
Mathematical Finance
Entrepreneurship and InnovationI am coauthoring a twovolume text on Mathematical Finance. In addition, I am involved with Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Science and Technology for the Developing World. These efforts are being piloted in Belize in collaboration with the Petters Research Institute and through my joint appointment with Duke's Fuqua School of Business. The overall goal is to research and implement innovative ways to drive national development through hightech industries.
 Mathematical Physics:
 Current Ph.D. Students
(Former Students)
 Postdocs Mentored
 Carla Cederbaum (2011/072014/06)
 Marcus Werner (2009/072011/06)
 Kumar Virbhadra (2000/092002/02)
 Recent Publications
(More Publications)
 A. O. Petters and M. C. Werner, Gravitational Lensing and Black Holes (Spring, 2017), Springer, in preparation
 A. O. Petters and X. Dong, An Introduction to Mathematical Finance: Understanding and Building Financial Intuition, SUMAT (Winter, 2016), Springer, in preparation
 Aazami, AB; Keeton, CR; Petters, AO, Lensing by Kerr black holes. II: Analytical study of quasiequatorial lensing observables, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 52 no. 10 (2011), pp. 102501, ISSN 00222488 [doi] [abs]
 Aazami, AB; Petters, AO; Rabin, JM, Orbifolds, the A, D, E family of caustic singularities, and gravitational lensing, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 52 no. 2 (2011), ISSN 00222488 [doi] [abs]
 Aazami, AB; Keeton, CR; Petters, AO, Lensing by Kerr black holes. I. General lens equation and magnification formula, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 52 no. 9 (2011), pp. 092502, ISSN 00222488 [doi] [abs]