Nitin Kumar

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn


I'm Nitin Chidambaram, a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn working with Gaetan Borot . In July 2020, I defended my PhD at the University of Alberta where I was supervised by Vincent Bouchard and David Favero .

I'm broadly interested in algebraic geometry and what ideas from string theory can teach us about geometry. I've spent some time thinking about the Eynard-Orantin topological recursion in connection to enumerative geometry, and I'm currently trying to understand various contexts in which Airy structures produce physically and/or geometrically interesting invariants. I'm also interested in derived categories, especially in the context of the Bondal-Orlov conjecture on flops (i.e., the relationship to birational geometry), and I'm pursuing an approach to this conjecture using the notion of windows.

You can also take a look at my CV below.

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Publications and Preprints

Here is a list of all my publications and preprints:

Windows for cdgas
(with Favero, 28 pages)
arXiv:2001.05596 [math.AG] (submitted)
Kernels for Grassmann Flops
(with Ballard, Favero, McFaddin and Vandermolen, 27 pages)
arXiv:1904.12195 [math.AG] (accepted by Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées)
Higher Airy Structures, W algebras and topological recursion
(with Borot, Bouchard, Creutzig and Noschenko, 93 pages)
arXiv:1812.08738[math-ph] (submitted)
Quantizing Weierstrass
(with Bouchard and Dauphinee, 40 pages)
Commun. Num. Theor. Phys. 12 253-303. (2018)
Canonical Structure of the E10 Model and Supersymmetry
(with Kleinschmidt and Nicolai, 40 pages)
Phys. Rev. D 91, 085039. (2015)

Or equivalently, here is the list on the arXiv :

Other things I like to do

When I'm not doing math, I try to get outdoors as much as possible - climbing, skiing, or running for example. Recently, I've been learning to crack climb in Ettringen! Here are some pictures.

Sinster 7 finish line, 2019


My first 100-mile race: Sinster 7 at Crowsnest Pass

Ski touring

St. Nicholas peak on the Wapta Icefields

Rock climbing

"I cant believe it's a girdle", Joshua Tree

Contact Me

If you would like to talk about math (or go climbing/running), you can find me at