Theoretical Physics

The members of the division are actively engaged in research across the full range of theoretical physics.

In many areas - such as Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Biological Physics - members of the Theoretical Physics division are based in the same research group as their experimental colleagues and work closely with them.

The members of the Theoretical Nuclear Group carry out research at the interface of particle and nuclear physics. Many of the researchers in the division give final year undergraduate or postgraduate lectures on their speciality, which taken together give a comprehensive introduction to much of the current research in theoretical physics.

Collaboration

The divisional structure also facilitates close collaboration between the Particle and Astrophysicists.

The Complex Systems and Statistical Physics Group applies ideas and techniques from statistical physics to the Biological and Social Sciences and has collaborations with other groups in the School, Faculty, University and elsewhere.

Research groups

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Our research areas include astronomy technology, extra-galactic astronomy, galactic astronomy, pulsars and compact objects and theoretical astrophysics.

Soft Matter: Biological Physics 

The group's research is centred on bio-interfaces, surface bio-compatibility, controlled release of plasmid DNA and effects of surface chemistries and topology on vacular cell growth and tissue structuring.

Complex Systems and Statistical Physics

Our interests focus on the application of techniques from statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics to study complex systems.

Particle Physics - Experiment and Theory

The group is active in many areas of physics research, both theoretical and experimental, detector development and e-Science.

Theoretical Nuclear Physics

The group works on topics that range from low-energy nuclear structure to the frontier where nuclear and particle physics overlap. Our current interests are focussed on "fundamental" approaches to nuclear physics, with the ultimate goal of linking it to quantum chromodynamics (QCD) - the underlying theory of the strong interaction. We have particular expertise in the areas of effective field theory and in microscopic many-body theory.

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