Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group
The Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group is part of the Department of Physics, with close ties to the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group. We work at the forefront of nuclear physics research, studying the atomic nucleus with a variety of theoretical methods and seek to answer fundamental questions in physics.
We work at the forefront of nuclear theoretical physics, developing new tools that guide or complement nuclear experiments. Some of our research is computationally demanding and we exploit in-house high performance computing facilities as well as national resources like Distributed Research utilizing Advanced Computing (DiRAC).
The synergies between our group and the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group are an important feature. We provide a breadth and depth of expertise that enables the innovative exploitation of present radioactive- and stable-beam facilities, while developing theoretical capabilities and experimental equipment to enable the optimum use of future facilities.
We run a stimulating programme of seminars together with the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group and also actively organise activities in the European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics (Trento, Italy) and the Institute of Nuclear Theory (University of Washington, Seattle, USA).
We are part of the UK Nuclear Theory Vision initiative and have actively collaborated with theoretical and experimental groups across the globe, including:
Featured research projects
Projects we have and are working on include the development of quantum computation algorithms to solve the nuclear many-body problem, and the study of nuclear reactions in stellar environments taking the plasma background into account.
Meet our team
Dr Paul Stevenson
Head of the Group