Dr. Clifford V. Johnson


Prefix: Dr.
First Name: Clifford
Middle Name: V.
Last Name: Johnson


Degree: B.S.
Graduation Year: 1989
Major: Physics

Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 1992
Major: Physics


Postdoc at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, '92-'94; Postdoc (and instructor) at Princeton University, Princeton NJ, '94- '95; Postdoc at Institute For Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA, '95-'96. From 1996 until 1999, he was an Assistant Professor ar the University of Kentucky. From there he went to Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Since 2003 Johnson is on the faculty of Physics and Astronomy department of the University of Southern California.



Dr. Clifford Johnson's research interests are mainly concerned with the development of theoretical tools for the description of the basic fabric of Nature. He is part of the international effort to understand and describe the origin of, and the fundamental constituents (and their interactions) of the Universe. He works mainly on superstring theory, quantum gravity, gauge theory, and M-theory, studying objects such as black holes and D-branes, using a variety of techniques from Mathematics and Physics.


Clifford V. Johnson has a new book, D-branes: D-branes represent a key theoretical tool in the understanding of strongly coupled superstring theory and M-theory. They have led to many striking discoveries, including the precise microphysics underlying the thermodynamic behaviour of certain black holes, and remarkable holographic dualities between large-N gauge theories and gravity. This book provides a self-contained introduction to the technology of D-branes, presenting the recent developments and ideas in a pedagogical manner. It is suitable for use as a textbook in graduate courses on modern string theory and theoretical particle physics, and will also be an indispensable reference for seasoned practitioners. The introductory material is developed by first starting with the main features of string theory needed to get rapidly to grips with D-branes, uncovering further aspects while actually working with D-branes. Many advanced applications are covered, with discussions of open problems which could form the basis for new avenues of research. See http://books.cambridge.org/0521809126.htm


  1. James E. Carlisle, Clifford V. Johnson, `Holographic RG Flows and Universal Structures on the Coulomb Branch of N=2 Supersymmetric Large n Gauge Theory', JHEP 0307 (2003) 039  hep-th/0306168.
  2. Clifford V. Johnson, Harald G. Svendsen, `D-brane - Anti-D-brane Forces in Plane Wave Backgrounds: A Fall From Grace', JHEP 0305 (2003) 055   hep-th/0303255
  3. Clifford V. Johnson, `D-Branes', Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics, 2002.  (Here is a website with more information.) 
  4. Clifford V. Johnson,  `Rotating Black Holes, Closed Time-Like Curves, Thermodynamics, and the EnhanconMechanism', Laur Jarv, Phys.Rev. D67 (2003) 066003, hep-th/0211097.
  5. Dominic Brecher, Clifford V. Johnson, Kenneth J. Lovis, Robert C. Myers, `Penrose Limits, Deformed pp-Waves and the String Duals of N=1 Large n Gauge Theory', JHEP 0210 (2002) 008, hep-th/0206045.
  6. Lisa Dyson, Laur Jarv, Clifford V. Johnson, `Oblate, Toroidal and Other Shapes for the Enhancon', JHEP 0205:019 (2002), hep-th/0112132.
  7. Nick Evans, Clifford V. Johnson and Michela Petrini, `Clearing the Throat: Irrelevant Operators and Finite Temperature in Large n Gauge Theory' , JHEP0205:002, (2002), hep-th/0112058.
  8. Clifford V. Johnson, Kenneth J. Lovis, David C. Page, `The Kahler Structure of Supersymmetric Holographic RG Flows', JHEP 0110 (2001) 014, hep-th/0107261.
  9. Clifford V. Johnson, Robert C. Myers, hep-th/0105159, Phys.Rev.D64:106002,2001.`The Enhancon, Black Holes, and the Second Law',
  10. Clifford V. Johnson, Robert C. Myers, Amanda W. Peet, Simon F. Ross, `The Enhancon and the Consistency of Excision', hep-th/0105077, Phys.Rev.D64:106001,2001 .
  11. Clifford V. Johnson, Kenneth J. Lovis, David C. Page, `Probing some N =1 AdS/CFT RG flows', JHEP 0105:036, (2001),  hep-th/0011166.
  12. Adel M. Awad, Clifford V. Johnson`Scale Invariance and the AdS/CFT Correspondence', hep-th/0011092, Contribution to proceedings of DPF 2000, held at Ohio State U
  13. Clifford V. Johnson`The Enhancon, Multimonopoles and Fuzzy Geometry', hep-th/0011008, Int.J.Mod.Phys. A16 (2001) 990, Contribution to proceedings of Strings 2000, held at Michigan U
  14. Neil R. Constable, Clifford V. Johnson, Robert C. Myers, `Fractional Branes and the Entropy of 4D Black Holes', JHEP 0009:039, 2000,  hep-th/0008226.
  15. Adel M. Awad, Clifford V. Johnson`Higher Dimensional Kerr-AdS Black Holes and the AdS/CFT Correspondence', Phys.Rev.D63:124023, (2001), hep-th/0008211.
  16. Nick Evans, Clifford V. Johnson and Michela Petrini, ` The Enhancon and N=2 Gauge Theory/Gravity RG Flows', JHEP 0010:022, 2000,  hep-th/0008081.
  17. Clifford V. Johnson`D-Brane Primer', hep-th/0007170. Lecture notes. Some given at ICTP, TASI, and BUSSTEPP.
  18. Adel M. Awad, Clifford V. Johnson`Scale Vs. Conformal Invariance in the AdS/CFT Correspondence', Phys.Rev. D62 (2000) 125010, hep-th/0006037.
  19. Clifford V. Johnson`Enhancons, Fuzzy Spheres and Multi-Monopoles', Phys.Rev. D63 (2001) 065004, hep-th/0004068.
  20. Laur Jarv, Clifford V. Johnson`Orientifolds, M-Theory, and the ABCD's of the Enhancon', Phys. Rev. D62, 126010 (2000), hep-th/0002244.
  21. Clifford V. Johnson, Amanda W. Peet, Joseph Polchinski, `Gauge Theory and the Excision of Repulson Singularities', Phys.Rev. D61 (2000) 086001, hep-th/9911161.
  22. Adel M. Awad and  Clifford V. Johnson,  `Holographic Stress Tensors for Kerr-AdS Black Holes', Phys.Rev. D61 (2000) 084025, hep-th/9910040.
  23. Andrew Chamblin, Roberto Emparan, Clifford V. Johnson, Robert C. Myers, `Holography, Thermodynamics and Fluctuations of Charged AdS Black Holes', Phys. Rev. D60 (1999) 104026, hep-th/9904197.
  24. Roberto Emparan, Clifford V. Johnson, Robert C. Myers, `Surface Terms as Counterterms in the AdS/CFT Correspondence', Phys. Rev. D60 (1999) 104001, hep-th/9903238.
  25. Andrew Chamblin, Roberto Emparan, Clifford V. Johnson, and Robert C. Myers, `Charged AdS Black Holes and Catastrophic Holography', Phys. Rev. D60 (1999) 064018, hep-th/9902170.
  26. Clifford V. Johnson`Etudes on D-Branes', in the proceedings of the 1998 Trieste Spring School, `Nonperturbative Aspects of Strings, Branes and Supersymmetry',World Scientific 1999, hep-th/9812196.
  27. Andrew Chamblin, Roberto Emparan, Clifford V. Johnson, and Robert C. Myers, `Large N Phases, Gravitational Instantons and the Nuts and Bolts of AdS Holography', Phys.Rev. D59 (1999) 064012 hep-th/9808177.
  28. Clifford V. Johnson,  `On Second-Quantized Open Superstring Theory', Nucl. Phys. B537 (1998) 144, hep-th/9806115 .
  29. Clifford V. Johnson`More Superstrings from Supergravity', Nucl. Phys. B537(1998) 129,  hep-th/9805047 .
  30. Clifford V. Johnson`On the (0,4) Conformal Field Theory of the Throat', Mod. Phys. Lett. A13, (1998) 2463,  hep-th/9804201 .
  31. Clifford V. Johnson`Superstrings from Supergravity', Nucl. Phys. B537 (1998) 109,  hep-th/9804200 .
  32. Clifford V. Johnson`Putting String Duality to Work', in the proceedings of the 1997 Annual Winter Meeting of the UK HEP community, hep-th/9802001.
  33. Clifford V. Johnson, `Anatomy of a Duality', Nucl.Phys. B521 (1998) 71,  hep-th/9711082.
  34. Clifford V. Johnson'From M-Theory to F-Theory, with Branes', Nucl.Phys. B507(1997) 227, hep-th/9706155.
  35. Clifford V. Johnson'On the Orientifolding of Type II NS-Fivebranes', Phys.Rev. D56 (1997) 5160, hep-th/9705148.
  36. Nick Evans, Clifford V. Johnson and Alfred D. Shapere, 'Orientifolds, Branes, and Duality of 4D Gauge Theories', Nucl. Phys. B505 (1997) 251, hep-th/9703210.
  37. C. V. Johnson and R. C. Myers, `Aspects of Type IIB Theory on ALE Spaces', Phys. Rev. D55 (1997) 6382, hep-th/9610140.
  38. C. V. Johnson`Introduction to D-Branes, with Applications', Nucl. Phys. B (Proc. Suppl.) 52A (1997) 326-332, hep-th/9606196.
  39. E. G. Gimon and C. V. Johnson`Multiple Realisations of N=1 Vacua in Six Dimensions', Nucl. Phys. B479, (1996) 285, hep-th/9606176.
  40. E. G. Gimon and C. V. Johnson`K3 Orientifolds', Nucl. Phys. B477, (1996) 715, hep-th/9604129.
  41. C. V. Johnson, R. R. Khuri and R. C. Myers, `Entropy of 4D Extremal Black Holes', Phys. Lett. B378 (1996) 78, hep-th/9603061.
  42. J. Polchinski, S. Chaudhuri and C. V. Johnson`Notes on D-Branes',
  43. P. Berglund, C. V. Johnson, S. Kachru and P. Zaugg, `Heterotic Coset Models and (0,2) String Vacua',Nucl. Phys. B460 (1996) 252, hep-th/9509170.
  44. C. V. Johnson, N. Kaloper, R. R. Khuri and R. C. Myers, `Is String Theory a Theory of Strings?', Phys. Lett. B368 (1996) 71, hep-th/9509070.
  45. C. V. Johnson and R. C. Myers, `Conformal Field Theory of a Rotating Dyon', Phys. Rev. D52 (1995) 2294, hep-th/9503027.
  46. C. V. Johnson, `Heterotic Coset Models', Mod. Phys. Lett. A10 (1995) 549, hep-th/9409062.
  47. C. V. Johnson, `Heterotic Cosets', in the proceedings of the Trieste Summer School and Workshop on High Energy Physics and Cosmology, July 11th-29th, 1994, hep-th/9409061
  48. C. V. Johnson, `Exact Models of Extremal Dyonic Four-Dimensional Black Hole Solutions of Heterotic String Theory', Phys. Rev. D50 (1994) 4032, hep-th/9403192.
  49. C. V. Johnson and R. C. Myers, `Stringy Twists of the Taub-NUT Metric', in the proceedings of the 7th Marcel Grossmann meeting on General Relativity, Stanford, CA, 24th-30th July 1994, hep-th/9409177.
  50. C. V. Johnson and R. C. Myers, `Taub-NUT Dyons in Heterotic String Theory', Phys. Rev. D50 (1994), 6512, hep-th/9406069.