Department of Mathematics and the College
Mircea Voda’s research is focused on problems related to the phenomenon of Anderson localization, which is one of the last century’s fundamental findings in solid state physics. Anderson localization explains, for example, how adding impurities to an electrical conductor can make it behave both like a conductor and an insulator. This in turn explains the existence of semiconductors that are ubiquitous in electronic devices. The mathematics of this phenomenon and its related problems involves a mix of spectral theory, probability theory, dynamical systems, and harmonic analysis. Voda’s work is particularly concerned with making progress on two of the main open problems in the field: developing an inverse spectral theory for localized quasiperiodic Schroedinger operators and understanding Anderson localization for the random model in two dimensions.
Voda is the author of “Solution of a Loewner Chain Equation in Several Complex Variables” (Journal of Mathematical Analysis). His co-authored publications include “On Optimal Separation of Eigenvalues for a Quasiperiodic Jacobi Matrix” (Communications in Mathematical Physics).
Voda earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Toronto, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He received MSc and BSc degrees in mathematics from Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania.
Voda joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.