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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

An interacting conformal chiral 2-form electrodynamics in six dimensions
PK Townsend
– Proceedings of the Royal Society A
(2020)
476,
20190863
A manifestly Lorentz invariant chiral boson action
PK Townsend
– Physical review letters
(2020)
124,
101604
On asymptotic charges in 3D gravity
EA Bergshoeff, W Merbis, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2020)
37,
035003
DBI in the IR
L Mezincescu, PK Townsend
– Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
(2020)
53,
044002
Time-dependent compactification to de Sitter space: a no-go theorem
JG Russo, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2019)
2019,
97
Late-time cosmic acceleration from compactification
JG Russo, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2019)
36,
095008
On-shell versus Off-shell Equivalence in 3D Gravity
EA Bergshoeff, W Merbis, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2019)
36,
095013
On non-relativistic 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 Schroedinger equation
EA Bergshoeff, J Rosseel, PK Townsend
– Physical Review Letters
(2018)
120,
141601
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Research Groups

High Energy Physics
Relativity and Gravitation

Room

B1.25

Telephone

01223 337905