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Faculty of Mathematics

 

Career

  • Postdoc positions at SUNY, Stony Brook, USA; CERN (UK junior fellow), Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (Joliot-Curie fellow).
  • Appointed DAMTP lecturer 1984. Currently DAMTP Professor of Theoretical Physics.
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 2000

Research

General Relativity, supersymmetry, string/M-theory, solitons, cosmology and various topics in Mathematical Physics

Recent Publications

 

  • E.A. Bergshoeff, W.Merbis, A.J. Routh and P.K. Townsend, ``The Third Way to 3D Gravity'', Int. J. Mod. Phys. D24 (2015) 1544015
  • L. Mezincescu, A.J. Routh and P.K. Townsend, ``Twistors and the massive spinning particle'', J. Phys. A49 (2016) 025401
  • A.S. Arvanitakis, L. Mezincescu and P.K. Townsend, ``Worldline CPT and massless supermultiplets'', Int. J. Mod. Phys. A31 (2016) 1650152
  • J. Gomis and P.K. Townsend, ``The Galilean Superstring'', JHEP 1702 (2017) 105
  • A.S. Arvanitakis, A.E. Barns-Graham and P.K. Townsend, ``Anti-de Sitter particles and manifest (super)isometries'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 (2017) 141601

Publications

Time-dependent compactification to de Sitter space: a no-go theorem
JG Russo, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2019)
2019,
97
On-shell versus off-shell equivalence in 3D gravity
EA Bergshoeff, W Merbis, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2019)
36,
095013
Late-time cosmic acceleration from compactification
JG Russo, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2019)
36,
095008
On Non-Relativistic 3D Spin-1 Theories
EA Bergshoeff, J Rosseel, PK Townsend
(2018)
Exotic massive 3D gravity
M Ozkan, Y Pang, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2018)
2018,
35
Gravity and the Spin-2 Planar Schrödinger Equation.
EA Bergshoeff, J Rosseel, PK Townsend
– Physical Review Letters
(2018)
120,
141601
Twistor description of spinning particles in AdS
AS Arvanitakis, AE Barns-Graham, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2018)
2018,
59
Pauli-Lubanski, supertwistors, and the superspinning particle
AS Arvanitakis, L Mezincescu, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2017)
2017,
151
Tachyons in the Galilean limit
C Batlle, J Gomis, L Mezincescu, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2017)
2017,
120
Anti-de Sitter Particles and Manifest (Super)Isometries.
AS Arvanitakis, AE Barns-Graham, PK Townsend
– Phys Rev Lett
(2017)
118,
141601-1
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Research Groups

High Energy Physics
Relativity and Gravitation

Room

B1.25

Telephone

01223 337905