Graduate Study
Research Activities
The group conducts
research in fundamental issues of modern theoretical physics.
Its achievements include significant discoveries in
supersymmetry
and
string theory,
amongst which are the nonrenormalisation
theorems for supersymmetric theories and the construction of
supergravity
theories in 10 dimensions.
Our current research interests include
supersymmetry,
superstrings
and
branes,
and exactly solvable
quantum field theories.
Superstrings are thought to provide the basis for a unified theory
of all physics. Recently, however, it has become apparent that
the notions of particles and strings should be generalised to
extended objects called branes, and that these should appear in the
theory on the same footing as strings.
One area of interest in King's is the study of intersecting branes.
Where branes intersect they form
surfaces containing quantum field theories, and a striking
consequence of this is that the classical dynamics of the branes
determines the full quantum dynamics of these field theories.
One example of our work in this area is the paper
Classical Mfivebrane
dynamics and quantum N=2 YangMills
by Paul Howe, Neil Lambert and Peter West.
Another area of very active research involves the study of quantum field theory
in 2 spacetime dimensions. Such theories are closely connected with
string theories and often possess extremely interesting mathematical
structures. Work in this area includes the study of integrable
perturbations of conformal field theories, form factors in integrable
field theories, and quantum algebras, and the incorporation of effects
of boundaries on the spacetime of such theories, and is conducted by
Gérard Watts.
Staff and Students
Teaching members of the group:
Professor Peter West, FRS
Professor Paul Howe, EPSRC senior fellow
Professor Alice Rogers
Professor George Papadopoulos
Dr Paul Cook
Dr Neil Lambert
Dr Andreas Recknagel
Dr Ingo Runkel
Dr Gérard Watts
Postdoctoral researchers in the group
Dr Jan Gutowski
Dr Marton Kormos
Dr Fabio Riccioni
Dr Rafal Suszek
The current graduate students in the group are:
J. Arshad
D. Blakeley
N. Carqueville
N. Cook
L. Dowdy
P. Giokas
J. Greitz
A. López Osorio
D. Manolopoulos
S. Pelling
P. Richmond
P. Sloane
D. Steele
Recent students who have gone on to continue research at a
postdoctoral level include
P. Cook,
I. Schnakenburg,
J. Drummond,
B. Eden,
P. Heslop,
K. Graham,
I. Runkel
Past members of the group include:
