Ab initio nuclear theory

We study the nucleus and its interactions with different probes from an ab initio perspective.


We try to solve the quantum many-body problem using a variety of techniques and interactions, often exploiting high-performance computing and advanced theoretical physics developments. Our main thrust is the use of many-body techniques like self-consistent Green’s functions. Our work has applications, and is motivated by contemporary physics needs.

Research areas

  • Nuclear structure, providing relevant theoretical analysis to ongoing experimental developments
  • Nuclear astrophysics, predicting and simulating the properties and dynamics of neutron stars
  • Neutrino physics, providing an understanding of neutrino-nucleus interactions
  • Quantum many-body physics, applied to electronic and clustering systems.

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If you want to find out more about the research we are doing or have any queries, please get in touch.

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Dr Paul Stevenson

Reader, Head of the Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group, Senior Personal Tutor

Research team

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Dr Pierre Arthuis

Research Fellow in Ab Initio Nuclear Theory

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James Keeble

Postgraduate Research Student

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Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group
Department of Physics
University of Surrey