World leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity
Welcome to the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial College! The Group was founded in 1956 by Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and we have written a brief history of the Group. We carry out world-leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations, and gravity. We have a dynamic PhD programme and we offer a one year MSc Course which provides a focussed training to begin research at a PhD level.
- Advanced ERC Grant, "Gauge theory - string theory duality: maximally supersymmetric case and beyond", Tseytlin
- Advanced ERC Grant, "Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled quantum matter", Gauntlett
- Consolidator ERC Grant, "Massive Gravity and Cosmology”, de Rham
- EPSRC Programme Grant, "New Geometric structures from string theory", Hull et al
- STFC Consolidated Grant, "M-theory, cosmology and quantum field theory", Gauntlett et al
- Applications are invited for one or more postdoc positions starting 1st October 2017. For more details see the notice about these postdoctoral positions in the Theory group at Imperial. The closing date is 14th December and 22nd December 2016.
- We expect to have further new internal postdoctoral positions starting in Autumn 2017. Application details will be provided later.
- General information on postdoctoral vacancies and fellowships in the Imperial Theory group
- Imperial College Master's Support Scheme and other scholarships available for MSc study
- Theoretical Physics holds a Postgraduate Open Day covering both the PhD programme and the MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces. The open day gives prospective students an opportunity to meet the academic staff in the group and find out more about the courses and projects on offer. Future open days will be posted here and on the Postgraduate Study pages on our website (link above).
- Claudia de Rham’s research at Imperial College was profiled in a short interview broadcasted in Swiss National TV evening news.
- Kelly Stelle's lecture on the work of Tom Kibble given at the IoP to mark the award of the Isaac Newton Medal.
- Prof Carl Bender wins 2017 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics
- Joao Magueijo’s work on testing Variable Speed of Light models was discussed in the New Scientist and the Guardian
- Claudia de Rham was recently profiled in Die Zeit
- Work by Dr Steffen Gielen from the Theory Group on The Big Bounce, an alternative to The Big Bang view of cosmology, has been discussed in Scientific American, in the Daily Mail and Belfast Telegraph, as well as with Hayley Dunning from Imperial.
- The media have talked to several members of the theory group about the first direct observation of gravitational waves and the implications for research: Toby Wiseman on MSN news, Fay Dowker was on the Today Programme (around 2:55:00 into the programme) on Radio 4, Jerome Gauntlett was on the Jon Gaunt show (around -50:30) and Arttu Rajantie on BBC Three Counties Radio (from 02:17:20) and six other local stations (see main news page for other links)
- Theory Group Celebrates 100 years of General Relativity with lectures by Fay Dowker and Jerome Gauntlett in the Great Hall (23rd November).
- Toby Wiseman describing falling into a black hole (also in the Mail) and explaining General Relativity to the BBC
- More on GR by Fay Dowker, Chris Hull and Toby Wiseman here
- Fay Dowker was on the Infinite Monkey Cage show on Radio 4 as part of a programme celebrating the centenary of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity - check out the podcast of the show (broadcast 8th December).