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Brandon Rayhaun

Brandon Rayhaun

Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2016


I am a student in the physics PhD program with an interest in quantum gravity, mathematical physics, and some aspects of condensed matter physics. My main work has been on a subject called `moonshine' which explores particular relationships between number theory and group theory through the lens of string theory.

Academic Appointments

Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2016

Honors & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Society (2014)

Professional Education

BS, University of Chicago, Mathematics (2015)


Cui, S. X., Ding, D., Han, X., Penington, G., Ranard, D., Rayhaun, B. C., & Zhou Shangnan. (2020). Kitaev's quantum double model as an error correcting code. QUANTUM, 4.

Bae, J.-B., Harvey, J. A., Lee, K., Lee, S., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2020). Conformal Field Theories with Sporadic Group Symmetry. ArXiv.

Cheng, M. C. N., Duncan, J. F. R., Harrison, S. M., Harvey, J. A., Kachru, S., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2018). Attractive strings and five-branes, skew-holomorphic Jacobi forms and moonshine. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, (7).

Saal, H. P., Delhaye, B. P., Rayhaun, B. C., & Bensmaia, S. J. (2017). Simulating tactile signals from the whole hand with millisecond precision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Harvey, J. A., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2016). Traces of singular moduli and moonshine for the Thompson group. Communications in Number Theory and Physics, 10.