Babak Haghighat

Associate Professor

Yau Mathematical Science Center, Tsinghua University

Office: Jin Chun Yuan West Bldg.Room 253


Personal web page

Research Areas

String Theory

Educational Background

2006/11 to 2009/10 Bonn University PhD in Mathematical Physics

2001/10 to 2006/10 Bonn Unversity Bachelor and Master degree in Physics

Work Experience

2021/08 to now Tsinghua University Associate Professor

2016/10 to 2021/08 Tsinghua University Assistant Professor

2011/09 to 2016/09 Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics/Mathematics

2010/09 to 2011/08 Utrecht University Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics

2009/11 to 2010/08 Bonn University Research Fellow

Honors and Awards

2011/09 to 2013/08 DFG Fellowship at Harvard University

2006/11 to 2009/10 Bonn-Cologne Graduate School Scholarship

2003/05 to 2006/10 Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation


[1] B. Haghighat and A. Klemm, “Topological Strings on Grassmannian Calabi-Yau manifolds,” JHEP 0901, 029 (2009)

[2] B. Haghighat, A. Klemm and M. Rauch, “Integrability of the holomorphic anomaly equation,” JHEP 0810, 097 (2008)

[3] B. Haghighat and A. Klemm, “Solving the Topological String on K3 Fibrations,” JHEP 1001, 009 (2010)

[4] M. Alim, B. Haghighat, M. Hecht, A. Klemm, M. Rauch and T. Wotschke, “Wall-crossing holomorphic anomaly and mock modularity of multiple M5-branes,” Commun. Math. Phys. DOI 10.1007/s00220-015-2436-3 (2015)

[5] B. Haghighat and S. Vandoren, “Five-dimensional gauge theory and compactification on a torus,” JHEP 1109, 060 (2011)

[6] B. Haghighat, J. Manschot and S. Vandoren, “A 5d/2d/4d correspondence,” JHEP 1303, 157 (2013)

[7] C. Cordova, S. Espahbodi, B. Haghighat, A. Rastogi and C. Vafa, “Tangles, Generalized Reidemeister Moves, and Three-Dimensional Mirror Symmetry,” JHEP 1405, 014 (2014)

[8] B. Haghighat, A. Iqbal, C. Kozcaz, G. Lockhart and C. Vafa, “M-Strings”, Commun. Math. Phys. 334, no. 2, 779 (2015)

[9] B. Haghighat, C. Kozcaz, G. Lockhart and C. Vafa, “On orbifolds of M-Strings,” Physical Review D 89.4 (2014): -46003

[10] B. Haghighat, G. Lockhart and C. Vafa, “E + E à H,” Phys. Rev. D 90, no. 12, 126012 (2014)

[11] B. Haghighat, A. Klemm, G. Lockhart and C. Vafa, “Strings of Minimal 6d SCFTs,” Fortsch. Phys. 63, 294 (2015)

[12] B. Haghighat, “From strings in 6d to strings in 5d,” JHEP 1601, 062 (2016)

[13] B. Haghighat, S. Murthy, C. Vafa and S. Vandoren, “F-Theory, Spinning Black Holes and Multi-String Branches,” JHEP 1601, 009 (2016)

[14] B. Haghighat, H. Movasati and S.T. Yau, “Calabi-Yau modular forms in limit: Elliptic Fibrations,” Commun. Num. Theor. Phys. 11, 879 (2017)

[15] A. Gadde, B. Haghighat, J. Kim, S. Kim, G. Lockhart and C. Vafa, “6d String Chains,” JHEP 1802, 143 (2018)

[16] B. Haghighat, W. Yan and S.T. Yau, “ADE String Chains and Mirror Symmetry,” JHEP 1801, 043 (2018)

[17] B. Haghighat, J. Kim, W. Yan and S.T. Yau, “D-type fiber-base duality,” JHEP 1809, 060 (2018)