Ira Herbst


P. O. Box 400137
Dept. of Mathematics
228 Kerchof Hall

Research Areas
Mathematical Physics

Decay of eigenfunctions of elliptic PDEs I (with E. Skibsted), Adv. Math. 270, (2015), 138--180.

Decay of eigenfunctions of elliptic PDEs II (with E. Skibsted), arXiv 1504.07128.


Research Interests

Most of my work is in quantum mechanics and covers a range of subjects from non-relativistic quantum electrodynamics to the Laplacian on non-compact manifolds. Outside this mold a recent paper concerns the Navier-Stokes equations. My objective has been to choose problems with some relation to physics, but with the overriding factor to make sure that the mathematical content is interesting and challenging.


  • Bachelor Science Engineering (BSE), Cornell University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of California, Berkeley