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Expertise: Physics

Dr Syed Rizvi
I am a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the LHC, and am studying the process of quark & anti-quark annihilation and the subsequent decay to muon and anti-muon. I am also studying QCD in the Deep Inelastic Scattering of high energy electrons off the quark constituents of the proton at the H1 experiment in Hamburg, Germany. Precision measurements of the inclusive neutral and charged current cross sections provide complementary information about the quark and gluon content of the proton and my measurements allow stringent constraints to be placed on calculated processes at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). I am also part of a small collaboration of theoreticians and experimentalists interested in the area of quantum gravity which has yet to be experimentally observed. It is hoped that at the very highest energy LHC collisions quantum gravity effects may become visible and lead to the production of micro black holes and the discovery of hidden extra-dimensions.

Dr Theodore Kreouzis
I conduct research on charge transport properties using transient photoconduction techniques (mainly time of flight) in a variety of novel, organic semiconducting materials; hopping transport and low dimensional charge transport behaviour.

Dr Mark Baxendale
My overarching research interest is in self-organisation and emergent phenomena in the physical and life sciences. Nanotechnology- the understanding, characterisation and manipulation of matter on the scale of several atoms to large macromolecules- is the vehicle for this activity.

Prof Thomas Prellberg
My research interests are lattice statistical mechanics, enumerative and asymptotic combinatorics, dynamical systems, Monte Carlo algorithms, and soft condensed matter.

Dr Kevin Donovan
My research focuses on molecular and materials physics, as well as electron transport in low dimensional organic structures. Other interests include carbon nanotubes, conjugated polymers and discotic liquid crystals.

Prof David Dunstan
The high pressure properties of matter; the development of diamond anvil cells which are now manufactured commercially; coherency strain; the creation of new materials that have high strength over wider temperature ranges and the X-ray techniques needed to characterise these materials; optical spectroscopy, the collection and control of light, including collaboration with commercial companies and the design for lighting the Hope diamond in the Smithsonian Museum.

Prof William Gillin
My broad area of research is experimental physics, while more specifically I focus on two areas. These are organic optical amplifiers based on lanthanide containing molecules and organic spintronics. I also work on understanding the spin interactions that occur within devices such as organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaic cells. Controlling these processes is vital to improving device performance as many of the quenching mechanisms are highly spin dependent.

Mr Murrough Landon
I am an expert in applied and experimental particle physics. Current and past projects include The ATLAS Experiment and the search for the Higgs Particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva. Other interests include the H1 Experiment; electroweak interactions between quarks and leptons; search for new phenomena, for example the hypothetical leptoquarks.

Prof William Spence
My research interests are in M-theory and string theory and their applications in physics and mathematics. Since 2004 I have mainly been working on applications originally inspired by twistor string theory. This research area has unearthed powerful new approaches to quantum field theory, gravity and string theory, ranging from twistor theory formulations to novel techniques to calculate scattering amplitudes relevant to the Large Hadron Collider.

Prof Steven Thomas
I am a member of the Centre for Research in String Theory. My main research interests are in the field of string theory in particular to models of string/particle phenomenology and cosmology. My recent work has included topics such as non-abelian Dirac-Born-Infeld (DBI) theories of coincident D-branes and their application in models of inflationary cosmology; tachyon condensation in multiple unstable D-brane systems and defect formation; particle physics models based on ISS type metastable supersymmetry breaking.

Dr Daniel Traynor
My work and research is principally in the field of experimental particle physics.

Prof Francesca Di Lodovico
My main interest is in understanding the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe through the measurement of CP violation in the leptonic sector. A critical step forward is the measurement of the neutrino oscillation properties. I am currently working on the long-baseline neutrino experiment T2K in Japan, that provided for the first time an indication that muon neutrinos oscillate into electron neutrinos. Further work will measure with higher precision the muon neutrino oscillation probabilities for appearance and disappearance, and will also investigate the muon antineutrino oscillations. I am working on the next generation of long baseline neutrino experiments: Hyper-Kamiokande. This experiment also has a very rich program of non-beam physics studies.

Prof David Berman
My main research interests are in M-theory, the nonperturbative version of string theory. The extended objects in M-theory are membranes and five-branes. They are related to strings and D-branes in string theory via dimensional reduction. Over the last few years my research has been devoted to understanding the interactions of these branes. Mainly this is through studying how membranes end on fivebranes. My other interests over the years have been varied and include: Holography and the AdS/CFT coresspondence; noncommutative geometry; and S-duality in gauge theories. Recently I have been interested in backgrounds to string theory that are intrinsically stringy in origin and not just solutions to supergravity; these go by the name of T-folds.

Dr Jeanne Wilson
I am a neutrino physicist - my research aims to understand the fundamental properties of these extremely weakly interacting fundamental particles.

Dr Julien Gautrot
My research is focussed on the study of materials for stem cells and regenerative medicine. My work in the field of biomaterials design is inspired by Nature's strategies to generate complexity and control function and properties. In particular, I am interested in novel synthetic tools and methodologies allowing the use of Nature's own building blocks, peptide sequences, to confer mechanical, chemical and biological properties to biomaterials.

Prof Shahn Majid
Algebraic structures on the interface between pure mathematics and mathematical physics, including quantum gravity; non commutative differential geometry; quantum groups or Hopf algebras with applications in representation theory and knot theory.

Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam
String theory and M theory, developing an understanding of branes which play a crucial role in the modern formulation of string theory.

Prof Andreas Brandhuber
My main research interests are centered around string theory, gravity, gauge theories and their interrelations. In the last years my research has been devoted to exploring theoretical scenarios where the interplay between string and field theory has proved to be particularly fruitful and productive.

Dr Adrian Bevan
My main research in particle physics tries to understand the small differences between matter and antimatter, and how that relates to the universe we live in today.I primarily work on the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where I measure CP violation in the decay of beauty mesons.  I am also interested in a next generation experiment called SuperB which is proposed to be built in Italy, and the neutrino experiment T2K in Japan. Some kind of new particle physics or astrophysics is required to explain how the equal amounts of matter and antimatter created in the Big Bang evolved into our matter dominated universe. The aim of my research is working toward a better understanding of how this happened.

Prof Andrew Bushby
My research is centred on the micro- and nano-mechanics of materials and structures. I am a leading expert in the technique of nano indentation for small-scale mechanical property measurement and contribute to ISO Standards working groups for instrumented indentation. Major research themes include the development of methods using spherical indenters, electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films, visco-elastic and composites materials, structure-properties relationships in calcified biological tissues and nano-structured crystalline materials. My fundamental research has focused on the origin of size effects in mechanical properties and has led to a new understanding of the strength of nano-structured material

Prof Gabriele Travaglini
My research focusses on quantum field theory, string theory and their connections. I am also investigating how the non-perturbative structure of gauge theories can be understood through string-theoretic results.

Dr Jonathan Hays
I am interested in the origins of the masses of the fundamental particles. I have been involved in the search for the Higgs boson in its incarnation within the Standard Model and in a number of supersymmetric models. I was an important contributor to the continuing search for the standard model Higgs boson for the CMS experiment at the LHC at CERN, working on the key channel where the Higgs boson decays to two photons. This culminated in the discovery of a Higgs-like boson in July 2012. My work in Higgs physics now continues on the ATLAS experiment where I am interested in measuring the physical properties of the new boson and how it interacts with the other fundamental particles.

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