The focus of Professor Stern's research is the study of analytic problems arising in geometry, topology, physics, and number theory.

In recent work, Professor Stern has studied analytical, geometric, and topological questions arising from Yang-Mills theory, Hodge theory, and number 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) new bounds for eigenvalues of Laplace Beltrami operators, and (v) new bounds for betti numbers.

Office Location: | 116 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708 |

Office Phone: | (919) 660-2840 |

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Web Page: | https://www.math.duke.edu/faculty/stern |

**Teaching (Fall 2018):**

- MATH 635.01,
*FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS*Synopsis- Physics 227, WF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

- MATH 790-90.04,
*MINICOURSE IN ADVANCED TOPICS*Synopsis- Physics 205, MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM

**Office Hours:**- Monday and Tuesday 2-3

**Education:**Ph.D. Princeton University 1984 B.S. Texas A&M University 1980

**Specialties:**-
Geometry

Mathematical Physics

**Research Interests:***Geometric Analysis, Yang-Mills theory, Hodge theory, string theory*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 Yang-Mills 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 Ph.D. Students**- Jingxian Huang
- Phillip V. Andreae

**Postdocs Mentored**- Luca Di Cerbo (2011 - 2014)
- Benoit Charbonneau (2007 - 2010)
- Bianca Santoro (2009)
- Anda Degeratu (December 17, 2002 - 2005)

**Recent Publications***"Nonlinear Harmonic Forms and Indefinite Bochner Formulas " in Hodge Theory and L^2-Analysis*, vol. 39 (2017), Higher Education Press- Sergey A. Cherkis, Andres Larrain-Hubach, Mark Stern,
*Instantons on multi-Taub-NUT Spaces I: Asymptotic Form and Index Theorem*, arXiv:1608.00018 (Preprint, August, 2016) [abs] - Stern, MA,
*Asymptotic Hodge Theory of Vector Bundles*, Communications in Analysis and Geometry, vol. 23 no. 3 (December, 2015), pp. 559-609, International Press - M.A. Stern,
*$C^{\infty}$ Stability, Canonical Maps, and Discrete Dynamics*(Preprint, 2014) (arXiv:1410.8851.) - Mark Stern,
*Nonlinear Harmonic Forms and an Exotic Bochner Formula*(Preprint, 2014) (arXiv:1411.0144.)

**Recent Grant Support***Instanton Decay and Nonlinear Harmonic Forms*, Simons Foundation, 3553857, 2015/09-2020/08.*Bound states, singularities, and supersymmetry*, NSF, 2002/07.