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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)


Bae, J.-B., Harvey, J. A., Lee, K., Lee, S., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2021). Conformal Field Theories with Sporadic Group Symmetry. Communications in Mathematical Physics.

Duncan, J. F. R., Harvey, J. A., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2021). An Overview of Penumbral Moonshine. ArXiv.

Geng, H., Kachru, S., Karch, A., Nally, R., & Rayhaun, B. C. (2021). Fractons and Exotic Symmetries from Branes. Fortschritte Der Physik.

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.

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.