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What I'm up to (physics)

I am currently a post-doc researcher at The University of Nottingham in the particle theory group. Before that, I was a post-doc at Durham University in the Mathematical Sciences department, and before that I finished a PhD at JBCA, University of Manchester in theoretical cosmology. My thesis was a mixture of analytical and numerical work under the supervision of Prof. Richard Battye.

Research interests

  • Models of dark energy and modified gravity: constructing a general formalism for parameterizing modified gravity and constructing an effective field theory for perturbations and their possible gravitational effects.
  • Inhomogeneous universes: central configurations, discrete Newtonian cosmology
  • Solitons constructing gauged cosmic vortons, rings and knots, domain walls networks.

Teaching and supervision

  • Supervised:
    • James Edholm: summer student, modified gravity, Durham 2014
    • Peter Cutell: MPhys and twice summer student, domain wall networks, Manchester 2011-12 (now PhD student at KCL)
    • John Bone: MPhys, domain wall networks, Manchester, 2011-12
    • Jeremy Tabick: MPhys, cosmic string evolution, Manchester, 2012
    • Difu Shi: MPhys, cosmic string evolution, Manchester, 2012 (now PhD student at Durham)
  • Whilst in Durham I tutored general relativity, quantum field theory, and cosmology in the Particle Theory MSc degree
  • Whilst in Manchester I gave undergrad tutorials to groups of 5 students: Maths 1, Maths 2, Electricity and Magnetism, Dynamics, Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology, Data Analysis, Properties of Matter.

Non-physics stuff I do

Other than physics (its not like physics actually takes up my whole life), I like to do other things.
I'm also a christian, I go to churches in whatever city I find myself in. I've helped out at Lee Abbey Youth Camps and at the youth group at IvyManchester: Thirst. Being a christian and physicist is quite interesting, presenting lots of ways to challenge my faith - making life a little more dynamic!

Did you know that the guy who invented the Big Bang theory was a Priest?

If you think you understand it, you probably havnt thought about it properly.

music: cinematic orchestra, two door cinema club, bonobo, ian dury, bon iver, elbow, herbaliser, moby, faithless, telepopmusik, dave brubeck quartet, adele, william orbit, jamiroquai, pink floyd, david bowie, bell x1, william fitzsimmons, fleet foxes, plan b, stornoway, bombay bicycle club, orbital, michael buble, massive attack...
books: one flew over the cuckoos nest, clockwork orange, 1984, frankenstein, animal farm, brave new world, do androids dream of electric sheep?, k-pax, bourne, fight club, mindstar rising...