Dmitri Pavlov

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University.

From October 2023 till May 2024 I taught an online course on functorial field theory and the geometric cobordism hypothesis.

I am currently looking for Ph.D. students. Email me for additional information.

Email: dmitri.pavlov[remove this text]

Research interests: homotopy theory motivated by physics, including functorial field theory, higher and derived differential geometry, factorization algebras, and other relevant areas of homotopy theory.

Invited talks I have given.

Curriculum Vitæ.


Dmitri Pavlov's articles on arXiv.

Functorial field theory

(with Daniel Grady)
The geometric cobordism hypothesis.

(with Daniel Grady)
Extended field theories are local and have classifying spaces.

(with Daniel Berwick-Evans)
Smooth one-dimensional topological field theories are vector bundles with connection.
Algebraic & Geometric Topology 23 (2023), 3707–3743.

Sheaf theory

Projective model structures on diffeological spaces and smooth sets and the smooth Oka principle.
Homology, Homotopy, and Applications (accepted).

Numerable open covers and representability of topological stacks.
Topology and its Applications 318:108203 (2022), 1–28.

(with Daniel Berwick-Evans and Pedro Boavida de Brito)
Classifying spaces of infinity-sheaves.
Algebraic & Geometric Topology (accepted).

Homotopy theory

The enriched Thomason model structure on 2-categories.
Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra 228:5 (2023), 107496.

Combinatorial model categories are equivalent to presentable quasicategories.

(with Owen Gwilliam)
Enhancing the filtered derived category.
Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra 222:11 (2018), 3621–3674.

(with Jakob Scholbach)
Homotopy theory of symmetric powers.
Homology, Homotopy, and Applications 20:1 (2018), 359–397.

(with Jakob Scholbach)
Admissibility and rectification of colored symmetric operads.
Journal of Topology 11:3 (2018), 559–601.

(with Jakob Scholbach)
Symmetric operads in abstract symmetric spectra.
Journal of the Institute of Mathematics of Jussieu 18:4 (2019), 707–758.

von Neumann algebras

Gelfand-type duality for commutative von Neumann algebras.
Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra 226:4 (2022), 106884, 1–53.

Algebraic tensor products and internal homs of noncommutative Lp-spaces.
Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 456:1 (2017), 229–244.

Expository texts

Topology. Notes of a class taught in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

Category Theory. Notes of a class taught in Spring 2018.

A very gentle introduction to functorial field theory and Chern–Simons theory via bundle 2-gerbes. Handwritten notes of a series of lectures given at Texas Tech in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Classification of irreducible representations of Heisenberg groups and algebras. Notes of a talk given on December 11, 2007 at QFT Mini Conference at UC Berkeley.


Lectures on the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, notes for a Spring 2011 course by Peter Teichner.

Notes of Spring 2010 Physics for Topologists Seminar at UC Berkeley.

Scans of papers by other authors.


Scripts for mathematics: automatic downloading of full texts and bibliographic information based on title or repository id.

tspell, a spell checker for TeX files like aspell (using libaspell), but with a much better support for TeX.

jbig2topdf, a program to assemble a bunch of JBIG2 files into a PDF file, which was used to produce the bilevel PDF files on the scans page.

Macros for Knuth's TeX system.

Git tutorial for mathematicians.


Academic ancestors:
Peter Teichner • Matthias Kreck • Friedrich Hirzebruch • Heinz Hopf / Heinrich Behnke • Erhard Schmidt / Erich Hecke • David Hilbert • Ferdinand von Lindemann • Felix Klein • Julius Plücker • Christian Ludwig Gerling • Carl Friedrich Gauß • Johann Friedrich Pfaff

Daniel Berwick-Evans • Pedro Boavida de Brito • Daniel Grady • Owen Gwilliam • Alex Kahle • Jakob Scholbach • Stephan Stolz • Peter Teichner • Peter Ulrickson

Graduated PhD and MSc students:

2023 (MSc)
Gregory Taroyan: Equivalent models of derived stacks.
2022 (PhD)
Stephen Peña: Geometric factorization algebras.
2021 (PhD)
Kasisetti Mudalige Nilan Manoj Chathuranga: Equivalence of complete distributive inverse semigroups and étale localic groupoids, and a characterization of topological orbifolds.
2021 (PhD)
(Co-advisor; advisor: Răzvan Gelca) Rachel Harris: Algorithms for skein manipulation and automation of skein computations.


Topology and Geometry Seminar.

Quantum Homotopy Seminar.

Summer Seminar and Winter Seminar.

Fall 2023: Mathematics 4350 (Advanced Calculus I), TuTh 9:30–11.

Fall 2023: Mathematics 1451 (Calculus I), TuTh 3–5.

Spring 2023: Mathematics 6332 (Geometric Mechanics), TuTh 11–12:30.

Fall 2022: Mathematics 6325 (Category Theory), TuTh 11–12:30. Homework: 12.

Fall 2022: Mathematics 4362 (Theory of Numbers), TuTh 2–3:30 in MA 12.

Spring 2022: Mathematics 4351 (Advanced Calculus II), TuTh 2–3:20 in MA 109.

Fall 2021: Mathematics 2450.021 (Calculus III), TuTh 9:30–11:30 in MA 16. Syllabus.

Fall 2021: Mathematics 6330 (Manifold Theory), TuTh 2–3:30 in MA 114. Syllabus, notes, homework.

Spring 2021: Mathematics 5399.002 (Introduction to Modern Algebra II), TuTh 9:30–11 in MA 17. Syllabus, handwritten notes by Jack Weiland, homework 12.

Spring 2021: Mathematics 2360.022 (Linear Algebra), TuTh 11–12:30 in HUMSCI 63. Syllabus, digest.

Fall 2020: Mathematics 5317 (Introduction to Modern Algebra), TuTh 9:30–11 in MA 109. Syllabus, handwritten notes by Jack Weiland, homework 123456789.

Fall 2020: Mathematics 2360.121 (Linear Algebra), online. Syllabus, study guide, digest, review 123.

Spring 2020: Mathematics 6322 (Homological Algebra II), TuTh 9:30–11 in MA 113 and online. Syllabus, handwritten notes by Rachel Harris, midterm, projects.

Spring 2020: Mathematics 6332 (Geometric Mechanics), TuTh 11–12:30 in MA 17 and online. Syllabus, projects.

Fall 2019: Mathematics 6321 (Homological Algebra I), TuTh 9:30–11 in MA 109. Syllabus, notes, handwritten notes by Rachel Harris, homework, projects.

Fall 2019: Mathematics 6333 (Lie Groups), TuTh 11–12:30 in MA 113. Syllabus, handwritten notes by Rachel Harris, homework, projects.

Summer 2019: Topology Doctoral Preliminary Examination. Practice problems, supplement, May 2019, August 2019, August 2020.

Spring 2019: Mathematics 5325 (Topology II), TuTh 11–12:30 in MA 113. Syllabus, notes, handwritten notes by Rachel Harris, midterm 12, final.

Fall 2018: Mathematics 5324 (Topology I), TuTh 11–12:30 in MA 113. Syllabus, notes, midterm 12final.

Fall 2018: Mathematics 5365 (Analysis of Algorithms), TuTh 12:30–2 in MA 113. Syllabus, homework: 123, midterm 12final.

Spring 2018: Mathematics 6325 (Category Theory), MWF 9–10 in MA 10. Syllabus, notes, handwritten notes by Nilan Manoj Chathuranga, homework: 123.

Fall 2017: Mathematics 2360.002 (Linear Algebra), MWF 2–3 in MA 110. Syllabus.


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