Imperial College London

Emeritus Professor Ray Rivers

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Distinguished Research Fellow



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I am currently a member of the Theoretical Physics Group and, in addition, a member of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Complexity Science, My current research follows two broad, but very different, paths that reflect this duality: quantum field theory and complex spatial networks.

My work on complexity, which is currently my major activity, is frequently in collaboration with Tim Evans of the Theoretical Physics Group and students at the Centre for Complexity Science and addresses applications and issues in modelling archaeological networks. In this I am part of a mainly European grouping incorporating computer scientists and archaeologists (in particular, at this moment, ETH Zurich, U. of Cologne, U. of Kiel, U. of Kiev, U. of Paris 1, U. of Toronto). Such modelling is strongly influenced by that used in contemporary urban planning for transport, commuting and city development and by ecologists. Like astrophysics, archaeology is intrinsically Bayesian (although data is very poor)  and an information-theoretic approach, e.g. MaxEnt,, can be very productive. I have been particularly concerned with the limitations of modelling e.g. the role of contingency. 

Whereas quantum field theory papers can be found easily on the arXiv, in archaeology no such archiving exits. My papers occur equally in journals (e.g. Antiquity) and monographs (sometimes published years after the event). Tim Evans' web page gives access to some of them.



Rivers R, Evans T, 2020, How do we avoid imposing the present on the past when modelling spatial interactions?, Documenta Praehistorica, ISSN:1318-6701, Pages:462-475

Lee D-S, Lin C-Y, Rivers RJ, 2020, Large phonon time-of-flight fluctuations in expanding flat condensates of cold Fermi gases, Journal of Physics-condensed Matter, Vol:32, ISSN:0953-8984

Rivers RJ, Steer DA, Lin C-Y, et al., 2018, When are two fermions a simple boson? New Gross-Pitaevskii actions for cold Fermi condensates, Annals of Physics, Vol:396, ISSN:0003-4916, Pages:495-516

Hsiang J-T, Lee D-S, Lin C-Y, et al., 2015, Quantum sound-cone fluctuations in cold Fermi gases: Phonon propagation, Physical Review A, Vol:91, ISSN:1050-2947


Rivers R, Knitter D, Bilger M, et al., 2018, CRC1266-A2/moin: Release after Moin Summer School, v.1.01

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