Bom Soo Kim


Ph. D. : University of California, Berkeley (2009)


Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (2014-present)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (2011-2014)
Postdoctoral Researcher, IESL-FORTH & University of Crete (joint appointment), Crete, Greece (2009-2011)


Instructor: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
---- Fall 2016, General University Physics: Electricity, Magnetism & Physical Optics. **
---- 2015-2016, Undergraduate upper division course : Electricity & Magnetism I & II **
---- 2014-2015, Graduate course : Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics I & II **
---- ** course web pages are linked in the User Links

Award: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) Award
---- University of California at Berkeley, during the 2004-2005 academic year
---- Recognized overall effectiveness as an instructor
---- Campus-wide award based on evaluations by students and nomination letters by faculty and students


String theory aspires to unify the four fundamental interactions of nature. Despite various successes, the theory has yet to bring relevance to real experiments. Among feasible possibilities, holography is one of the most promising, especially the application to condensed matter physics.

Holography presents an overarching platform for integrating string theory and quantum field theory. The canonical example AdS/CFT duality provides a precise one-to-one map from a weakly-coupled classical gravity in Anti de-Sitter space to a strongly-coupled conformal field theory living on its boundary, manifesting in holographic principle. Even though the program has experienced various successes in condensed matter applications, an integrated and basic guiding principle has yet to be established.

One of my goals is to understand the universal low energy physics of holographic backgrounds and to provide testable predictions for condensed matter physics. Inevitably, this will provide deeper understanding of holography and string theory. Some of my research topics include

• Measuring Hall Viscosity in Magnetic Skyrmion systems (
• Holographic Renormalization of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton theories (
• Effective Holographic Theories (
• Hydrodynamics and Quantum Criticality (
• Ward Identity and Parity-odd Phenomena (
• Non-Equilibrium Critical Phenomena: Aging (

Selected Publications

• B. S. Kim, "Holographic Renormalization of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton Theories," arXiv:1608.06252 [hep-th].

• B. S. Kim and A. Shapere, “Skyrmions and Hall Transport,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 116805 (2016). [arXiv:1506.08199 [cond-mat.str-el]]

• C. Hoyos, B. S. Kim and Y. Oz, “Ward Identities for Hall Transport,” JHEP 1410, 054 (2014). [arXiv:1407.2616 [hep-th]]

• C. Hoyos, B. S. Kim and Y. Oz, “Lifshitz Field Theories at Non-Zero Temperature, Hydrodynamics and Gravity,” JHEP 1403, 029 (2014). [arXiv:1309.6794 [hep-th]]

• C. Hoyos, B. S. Kim and Y. Oz, “Lifshitz Hydrodynamics,” JHEP 1311, 145 (2013). [arXiv:1304.7481 [hep-th]]

• B. S. Kim, “Schroedinger Holography with and without Hyperscaling Violation,” JHEP 1206, 116 (2012). [arXiv:1202.6062 [hep-th]]

• B. S. Kim, E. Kiritsis and C. Panagopoulos, “Holographic quantum criticality and strange metal transport,” New J. Phys. 14:043045 (2012). [arXiv:1012.3464 [cond-mat.str-el]]

• C. Charmousis, B. Gouteraux, B. S. Kim, E. Kiritsis and R. Meyer, “Effective Holographic Theories for low-temperature condensed matter systems,” JHEP 1011, 151 (2010).[arXiv:1005.4690 [hep-th]]

** The publication list can be found in

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