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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

Chern–Simons-like gravity theories
EA Bergshoeff, O Hohm, W Merbis, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Lecture Notes in Physics
(2015)
892,
181
The third way to 3D gravity
E Bergshoeff, W Merbis, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– International Journal of Modern Physics D
(2015)
24,
1544015
Matter coupling in 3D 'minimal massive gravity'
AS Arvanitakis, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2014)
31,
235012
Supertwistors and massive particles
L Mezincescu, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Annals of Physics
(2014)
346,
66
All superparticles are BPS
L Mezincescu, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
(2014)
47,
175401
Minimal massive 3D gravity
E Bergshoeff, O Hohm, W Merbis, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Classical and Quantum Gravity
(2014)
31,
145008
Equivalence of 3D spinning string and superstring
L Mezincescu, AJ Routh, PK Townsend
– Journal of High Energy Physics
(2013)
2013,
24
Zwei-Dreibein Gravity: A Two-Frame-Field Model of 3D Massive Gravity
EA Bergshoeff, S de Haan, O Hohm, W Merbis, PK Townsend
– Phys Rev Lett
(2013)
111,
111102
Thermodynamics of "Exotic" Banados-Teitelboim-Zanelli Black Holes
PK Townsend, B Zhang
– Physical Review Letters
(2013)
110,
241302
On "new massive" 4D gravity
EA Bergshoeff, JJ Fernández-Melgarejo, J Rosseel, PK Townsend
– The Journal of High Energy Physics
(2012)
2012,
70
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Research Groups

High Energy Physics
Relativity and Gravitation

Room

B1.25

Telephone

01223 337905