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.

Scientific activities

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:

Meet our team

Dr Paul Stevenson

Head of the Group

Paul Stevenson studied physics at the University of Oxford, worked for one year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and has been at the University of Surrey since 2000.  He works on nuclear structure and reaction theory, quantum computation, mathematical and computational physics, and some quantum biology.  Since 2020 he has been an AWE William Penney Fel...

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Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group
Department of Physics
University of Surrey