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Centre for Particle Theory

Centre for Particle Theory

Vision statement

The Centre for Particle Theory has won an international reputation for its research. It unites the theoretical particle physics groups in the Physics and Maths Departments. It aims to foster research into all aspects of theoretical particle physics ranging from phenomenology to string theory and cosmology, and to educate the next generation of theoretical particle physicists with a comprehensive and in-depth lecture programme and PhD supervision in all areas of the subject.

Strategic importance and added value

The Centre for Particle Theory is one of the largest particle theory groups within the UK (and larger than many departments in Durham). It covers nearly the whole spectrum of modern particle theory research. It provides a critical mass of research excellence, and offers an in-depth training programme for the next generation of PhD students. The CPT is responsible for the MSc in Elementary Particle Theory, with a coherent programme of over 200 lectures on topics in mathematical physics and elementary particle theory, intended to take students from undergraduate degree level to the frontiers of research. Its activities include: 

Recent papers

Astrophysical black holes in screened modified gravity
Anne-Christine Davis, Ruth Gregory, Rahul Jha and Jessica Muir
Black holes as bubble nucleation sites
Ruth Gregory, Ian G. Moss and Benjamin Withers
Damping the neutrino flavor pendulum by breaking homogeneity
Gianpiero Mangano, Alessandro Mirizzi and Ninetta Saviano
Next-to-leading order QCD predictions for top-quark pair production with up to two jets merged with a parton shower
Stefan Hoeche, Frank Krauss, Philipp Maierhoefer, Stefano Pozzorini, Marek Schonherr and Frank Siegert

Contact Details

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
Durham University
South Road
Durham DH1 3LE