Thomas Leistner

Associate Professor Thomas Leistner

Associate Prof/Reader

School of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am Associate Professor in Pure Mathematics. I did my PhD at Humboldt-University Berlin, held postdoc positions at Berlin and Adelaide, and worked as a Assistant Professor at the University of Hamburg before joining the University of Adelaide.
My research lies in differential geometry, which is an area of pure mathematics that deals with curved spaces (and space-times) and has applications in mathematical physics, in particular in general relativity and string theory.

My research lies in differential geometry where I study curved spaces (and space-times), their geometric properties, their symmetries and their relation to interesting differential equations. My research so far has focussed on Lorentzian geometry, conformal geometry and holonomy groups. Some of my research has applications in mathematical physics, in particular in general relativity and string theory.

2011-2012: Go8 - DAAD Australia - Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme, "Spinor field equations in Lorentzian geometry", joint with Helga Baum (HU-Berlin)

2012-2014: ARC Discovery Project "Holonomy groups in Lorentzian geometry"

2012-2016:  ARC Future Fellowship

2019-2021: ARC Discovery Project "Symmetry and geometric partial differential equations", with Michael Eastwood (Adelaide), Jonathan Kress (UNSW), and Rod Gover (Auckland)

 

Recent teaching:

Mathematics IM

Mathematics IA

Mathematics IB

Applications of Quantitative Methods in Finance I

Multivariable and Complex Calculus II

Groups and Rings III

Topology and Analysis III

Advanced Mathematical Perspectives III

Manifolds, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras (Honours)

Differential Geometry (Honours)

 

 

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Algebraic Aspects of Lorentzian Homogeneous Spaces Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Steven James Greenwood
    2022 Co-Supervisor Characterisations of Quadrics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr George Savvoudis
    2020 Principal Supervisor Homogeneity in Lorentzian Geometry Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Aaron Franceschinis
    2020 Principal Supervisor Connections in Generalized Geometry Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Ms Manasa Manjunatha
    2020 Co-Supervisor The Oka principle in twisted K-theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Haripriya Sridharan
    2019 Principal Supervisor Higher Order Symmetries in Lorentzian Geometry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Esteban Federico Costanza
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Approximation of Higher Degree Spectra Results for Twisted Laplace Operators Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Matthias Eduard Fresacher
    2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Legendrean and G2 Contact Structures Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Timothy John An Hu Moy
    2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Symmetric Spaces, Geometric Manifolds and Geodesic Completeness Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Thomas Jack Munn
    2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Highly symmetric homogeneous Kobayashi-hyperbolic manifolds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Elliot Herrington
    2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Conformal group actions on Cahen-Wallach spaces Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Stuart Benjamin Teisseire
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Theta Functions, Gauss Sums and Modular Forms Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Benjamin Terence Moore
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Spaces of Holomorphic Immersions of Open Riemann Surfaces into the Complex Plane Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Haripriya Sridharan
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Einstein and Conformally Einstein Bi-Invariant Semi-Riemannian Metrics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Dr Kelli Leigh Francis-Staite
  • Position: Associate Prof/Reader
  • Phone: 83136401
  • Email: thomas.leistner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133696
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 6
  • Org Unit: School of Mathematical Sciences

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