Academics Technology — 17 November 2010

masoud alimohammadiMasoud Alimohammadi was one of Iran’s and also world’s most influential scientist, mathematician, senior researcher and holder of Ph. D. in Mathematics & Physics in the field of Quantum field theory and elementary-particle physics.

He was also distinguished professor of Elementary particle physics at Department of Physics at University of Tehran. He was assassinated in the morning of 12 January 2010 in front of his home in Tehran while leaving for the work at Tehran university leaving his wife and three children.


Professor Alimohammadi was a quantum field theorist with interests in such diverse fields as Condensed matter physics (Quantum Hall effect in curved geometries), cosmology (modified gravity, dark energy) and string theory. Although field-theoretical methods have wide-ranging applications in many branches of theoretical physics (and applied mathematics), quantum field theory is a subject matter quite distinct from nuclear physics, in particular its applied branch which is concerned with nuclear power in general and nuclear weapons in particular.

Professor Alimohammadi was a Council Member of International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science Applications in the Middle East. He was a professor at University of Tehran‘s Physics faculty.

At 07:58 am, a booby-trapped motorbike parked near his car exploded while he was leaving home in Gheytariyeh neighbourhood of northern Tehran. The windows of residences around the scientist’s home were shattered by the force of remote controlled explosion, and it has been reported that two other people had also been injured in the blast.

Initial reports of who has been behind the bombing were disputed.  There is no known connection between his participation in the SESAME, an international synchrotron-radiation facility located in Jordan, and the assassination.

Prof. Masoud Alimohammadi published 53 research articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and wrote and translated several physics books including Modern Quantum Mechanics, revised edition, by J. J. Sakurai, which he translated from English into Persian in collaboration with Hamidreza Moshfegh.

The latest published article of Professor Alimohammadi:

53. Remarks on generalized Gauss-Bonnet dark energy, Phys. Rev. D 79 (2009)

List of the other 52 articles:
1. Level-one SU(N) WZNW models on higher-genus Riemann surfaces, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A8 (1993)

2. SU(N)1 correlation functions on higher-genus Riemann surfaces, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A8 (1993

3. Some correlators of SU(3)3 WZW models on higher-genus Riemann surfaces, Mod. Phys. Lett. A9 (1994)

4. SU(N)1 fusion rule and modular transformation matrix by orthogonal polynomials, IL Nuovo Cimento B109 (1994)

5. Gauging SL(2,R) and SL(2,R) X U(1) by their nilpotent subgroups, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A10 (1995) 115

6. 2-D Gravity as a limit of the SL(2,R) black hole, Mod. Phys. Lett. A10 (1995)

7. Quantum chains with GLq(2) symmetry, Jour. Math. Phys. 37 (1996)

8. Quantum group symmetry of the quantum Hall effect on the non-flat surfaces, Jour. Phys. A29 (1996) 559

9. Laughlin states on the Poincare half-plane and their quantum group symmetry, Jour. Phys. A29 (1996) 5551

10. n-point functions of 2d Yang-Mills theories on Riemann surfaces, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A12 (1997) 1959

11. A pseudo-conformal representation of the Virasoro algebra,  Mod. Phys. Lett. A12 (1997) 1349

12. Observables of the generalized 2D Yang-Mills theories on arbitrary surfaces: a path integral approach , Mod. Phys. Lett. A12 (1997) 2265 [pdf]

13. Green functions of 2-dimensional Yang-Mills theories on nonorientable surfaces, Z. Phys. C76 (1997) 729 [pdf]

14. Large-N limit of the generalized 2-dimensional Yang-Mills theories, Nucl. Phys. B510 (1998) 313 [pdf]

15. Derivation of quantum theories: symmetries and the exact solution of the derived system, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A13 (1998) 2833

16. Exact solution of a one-parameter family of asymmetric exclusion processes, Phys. Rev. E57 (1998)

17. Neutrino oscillation in a space-time with torsion, Mod. Phys. Lett. A14 (1999) 267

18. Uniqueness of the minimum of the free energy of the 2D Yang-Mills theory at large N, Mod. Phys. Lett. A14 (1999)

19. Coulomb gas representation of quantum Hall effect on Riemann surfaces, Jour. Phys. A32 (1999)

20. Phase structure of the generalized two dimensional Yang-Mills theories on sphere, Eur. Phys. Jour. C8 (1999)

21. A two-parametric family of asymmetric exclusion processes and its exact solution, Jour. Stat. Phys. 97 (1999)

22. Generalized simplicial chiral models, Nucl. Phys. B565 (2000)

23. Large-N limit of the generalized 2D Yang-Mills theory on cylinder, Nucl. Phys. B577 (2000)

24. Class of integrable diffusion-reaction processes, Phys. Rev. E62 (2000)

25. Quantum reflection of massless neutrinos from a torsion-induced potential, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A15 (2000)

26. Confinement and screening of the Schwinger model on the Poincare half plane, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A16 (2001)

27. More on generalized simplicial chiral models,  Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A16 (2001)

28. On the phase structure of two-dimensional generalized Yang-Mills theories, Nucl. Phys. B597 (2001)

29. Massive Schwinger model and its confining aspects on curved space-time, Phys. Rev. D63 (2001)

30. Berry phase for spin-1/2 particles moving in a spacetime with torsion, Eur. Phys. Jour. C21 (2001)

31. Exactly solvable models through the empty interval method, Phys. Rev. E64 (2001)

32. p-species integrable reaction-diffusion processes, Jour. Phys. A35 (2002)

33. Exactly solvable models through the empty interval method, for more-than-two-site interactions, Jour. Phys. A36 (2003)

34. Spin 0 and spin 1/2 quantum relativistic particles in a constant gravitational field, Annals of Physics 304 (2003)

35. Exactly solvable models through the generalized empty interval method, for multi-species interactions, Eur. Phys. Jour. B31 (2003)

36. Spin 0 and spin 1/2 particles in a constant scalar-curvature background, Annals of Physics 310 (2004)

37. Large-N limit of the two-dimensional Yang-Mills theory on surfaces with boundaries, Nucl. Phys. B696 (2004)

38. Solvable multi-species reaction-diffusion processes, including the extended drop-push model,  Eur. Phys. Jour. B42 (2004)

39. A statistical mechanical deconvolution of the differential scanning calorimetric profiles of the thermal denaturation of cyanomethemoglobin, The Protein Jour. 24 (2005)

40. Multi-species extension of the solvable partially asymmetric reaction-diffusion processes, Jour. Math. Phys. 46 (2005) 053306

41. Electrostatic self-energy and Bekenstein entropy bound in the massive Schwinger model, Gen. Rel. Grav. 37 (2005)

42. Large-N behavior of the Wilson loops of generalized two-dimensional Yang-Mills theories, Nucl. Phys. B 733 (2006)

43. Solvable reaction-diffusion processes without exclusion, Jour. Math. Phys. 47 (2006)

44. Phase transitions of large-N two-dimensional Yang-Mills and generalized Yang-Mills theories in the double scaling limit, Eur. Phys. Jour. C 47 (2006)

45. Attractor solutions for general hessence dark energy, Phys. Rev. D 73 (2006)

46. Transition from quintessence to phantom phase in quintom model, Phys. Rev. D 74 (2006)

47. Cosmological coincidence problem in interacting dark energy models, Phys. Rev. D 74 (2006)

48. The w = -1 crossing of the quintom model with  slowly-varying potentials,  Phys. Lett. B 648 (2007)

49. Non-Douglas-Kazakov phase transition of two-dimensional generalized Yang-Mills theories, Eur. Phys. Jour. C 51 (2007)

50. Asymptotic behavior of $omega$ in general quintom model, Gen. Rel. Grav. 40 (2008)

51. Klein-Gordon and Dirac particles in non-constant scalar-curvature background, Int. Jour. Mod. Phys. A 23 (2008)

52. Quantum induced w = -1 crossing of the quintessence and phantom models, JCAP 0901 (2009)

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