Assistant Professor of Mathematics
General relativity, partial differential equations, microlocal analysis
Peter Hintz joined the Department of Mathematics at MIT as an assistant professor in January 2019.
Hintz studies partial differential equations arising in General Relativity using cutting edge tools from microlocal analysis and scattering theory. In recent work, partially joint with Andras Vasy, he proved the first general global stability results for black holes as solutions of Einstein's field equations and gave a precise description of the far-field and late-time behavior of gravitational waves emanating from localized sources. Together with a group of theoretical physicists, he co-authored a paper on the possibility of non-unique evolution of spacetime in the interior of certain types of black holes. His research was featured in a number of popular science outlets, including Quanta Magazine.
Hintz obtained his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of Göttingen in 2011, and completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at Stanford University in 2015 under the direction of Andras Vasy. He was subsequently appointed a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley. In 2017, he was awarded a three year Clay Research Fellowship. In 2020, the Sloan Research Fellowship.