This seems like a cool choice. I was informed about the new winners of the $100,000 Junior Milner Prize from the inner sources ;-) but Jay Wacker leaked the news at Quora so I think it's right to inform you, too:
Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. PST, the list of nominees for the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize for 2014 will be released.I don't really know Slava Rychkov in person although I know some of his work. But I know Shiraz and Freddy extremely well. They're brilliant (and hard-working) physicists who truly deserve such an award.
I took the picture at the Harvard Law School dining hall. Yup, Shiraz's Wikipedia page was also started by your humble correspondent.
We are happy to share the news that Freddy Cachazo, Shiraz Minwalla and Slava Rychkov are the winners of the three available New Horizons in Physics Prizes for 2014. This is a $100,000 award for junior researchers who have made an outstanding impact in the field.
Please visit the following website tomorrow (Nov. 5) to learn the names of the winners and more about the ceremony, which will be held in San Francisco December 12.
Shiraz wrote lots of rocksolid papers on the AdS/CFT correspondence, especially on various phase transitions, the holographic viewpoint on fluid dynamics, indices, and interactions in the \(pp\)-wave backgrounds (to mention a paper we co-authored, too). But I also love his work on non-commutative field theories, soliton solutions in them, OM-theory, and related advances.
Freddy got some training under Cumrun Vafa so he really knows lots and has done something on the higher-dimensional geometric issues in string/M-theory, more speficically in F-theory. You could say that F-theory is the most geometric way to view the compactifications of string/M-theory because it deals with the highest number of dimensions. He has studied phases in gauge theories, with and without quivers, and various chiral rings and dualities in them.
However, most of his work – almost all of his work since some moment – is about the twistor minirevolution and various recursion relations that hold for the scattering amplitudes. For example, he is the "C" (no, not "F") in the "BCFW" recursion relations and he has written many papers about related methods to calculate the amplitudes himself. Things became much clearer and thanks to his contributions, the methods became applicable in a day-to-day computational industry.
Vyacheslav Rychkov did various work on the AdS/CFT correspondence, phenomenology, cosmology etc. and the main reason why I don't say much more about his work is that I am much less familiar with it (and with the author himself) than with Shiraz and Freddy.
Congratulations to all of them. A senior huge prize candidate should be announced later today.
Update: The candidates for the 2014 $3 million prize are Polchinski; Green and Schwarz; and Strominger and Vafa. Great candidates, of course. ;-) None of these folks need to be introduced to TRF readers. Polchinski appears in 94 blog posts (although some of the references are negative); Green and Schwarz (simultaneously) in 93 blog posts; and Strominger and Vafa in 32 blog posts simulaneously (but 68 and 98 separately and I know them more closely than the others).
See previous TRF blog posts mentioning the Milner Prize.