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Theoretical Particle Physics Group

Welcome  to the Theoretical Particle Physics Group at the Centre for Particle Physics in the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway University of London  in the South East Physics Network (SEPnet).  We conduct research in the areas of collider phenomenology and astro-particle theory.  The collider phenomenology activity includes precision calculations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and phenomenological studies of Higgs and electroweak gauge bosons in and beyond the Standard Model.  The astro-particle activity includes theoretical developments in dark matter physics, early universe cosmology and neutrino physics.  We work in the Royal Holloway and Sussex Particle Physics Theory Consortium and are part of the NExT Institute .

Available PhD projects and postdoc opportunities: 

Astro-particle physics   (supervisor: Stephen West)

LHC phenomenology   (supervisor: Nikolas Kauer)

Other topics are possible and should be discussed with a supervisor.

Join us as postdoc : consider applying to the funding schemes listed below.


Group Staff

Academic Staff
 Name Office Email Phone number 
 NikolasKauer Dr Nikolas Kauer W260 n.kauer@rhul.ac.uk  +44 (0) 1784 44 3500 
  StephenWest Dr Stephen West   W261 stephen.west@rhul.ac.uk  44 (0) 1784 27 6466 

Affiliated academic staff in experimental particle physics: 
Prof Glen Cowan (Director of Centre for Particle Physics) 
Dr Veronique Boisvert (ATLAS Group Leader)
, Prof Pedro Teixeira-Dias, Dr Tracey Berry, Dr Stephen Gibson
Prof Jocelyn Monroe (Dark Matter Group Leader), Dr Asher Kaboth

Research Students
  Name  Office  Email  Phone number 
 Kirk_Russell_bwback_small  Russell Kirk  W263  russell.kirk.2008@live.rhul.ac.uk  44 (0) 1784 44 3460
 OBrien_Claire_bwback_small  Claire O'Brien W263  claire.obrien.2012@live.rhul.ac.uk   44 (0) 1784 44 3479
Visiting Staff
   Name Office  Email  Phone number 
Ken_Mimasu  Dr Ken Mimasu
 W263 k.mimasu@sussex.ac.uk 44 (0) 1784 44 3460 
Jose_No  Dr Jose MiguelNo
 W263 j.m.no@sussex.ac.uk 44 (0) 1784 44 3460 

Co-supervised Research Students
   Name Office  Email  Phone number 
Christopher_Harman  Christopher Harman  W263 c.harman@sussex.ac.uk 44 (0) 1784 44 3460 
mcaslan  Heather McAslan  W263 h.mcaslan@sussex.ac.uk 44 (0) 1784 44 3460 

Theory Seminars 

  • 08/06/16 "Impact of LHC monojet searches on new physics scenarios" by Dr Suchita Kulkarni (HEPHY Vienna)
  • 01/06/16 "The structure of the proton in the Higgs boson era" by Dr Juan Rojo (Oxford)
  • 02/12/15 "Scalabe Bayesian inference with Hamiltonian Monte Carlo" by Dr Michael Betancourt (Warwick)
  • 11/11/15 "Developments and prospects in the direct detection of dark matter" by Dr Jonathan Davis (King's College London)
  • 28/10/15 "Quantum field theory of fluids" by Dr Ben Gripaios (Cambridge)
  • 11/03/15 "Resummation effects in exclusive colour-singlet production processes at the LHC" by Dr Pier Monni (Oxford)
  • 18/02/15 "Extra Higgses: the LHC road to electroweak baryogenesis" by Dr Jose Miguel No (Sussex)
  • 10/12/14 "Probing the Higgs boson with vector boson scattering" by Prof Alexander Belyaev (Southampton)
  • 03/12/14 "Interference effects in (B)SM Higgs searches" by Dr Christoph Englert (Glasgow)
  • 20/10/14 "Unified dark matter and Higgs composite nature" by Prof Francesco Sannino (University of Southern Denmark) [from Sussex via video link]
  • 22/01/14 "Unitarity method for high multiplicity NLO predictions" by Dr Daniel Maitre (IPPP Durham)
  • 15/01/14 "Composite Higgs bosons at the LHC" by Prof Stefano Moretti (Southampton)
  • 04/11/13 "The Higgs is here, and now what?" by Dr Veronica Sanz (Sussex)
  • 09/10/13 "Jets, jets, Higgs and jets" by Dr Jennifer Smillie (Edinburgh)
  • 02/10/13 "Jet issues in Higgs physics" by Dr Andrea Banfi (Sussex)
  • 22/05/13 "E_6SSM inspired 6-Higgs-doublet models" by Dr Venus Keus (Southampton & RHUL)
  • 18/02/13 "Top-quark physics: recent results and new developments" by Prof Peter Uwer (Humboldt University of Berlin) [from Sussex via video link]
  • 01/02/13 "History of the Higgs and electroweak unification" by Prof Tom Kibble (Imperial College London)
  • 23/01/13 "Asymptotic safety and the LHC" by Dr Daniel Litim (Sussex)
  • 16/01/13 "Describing Dark Matter with effective operators" by Mr Felix Kahlhoefer (Oxford)
  • 07/11/12 "Higgs searches using jets" by Dr Michael Spannowsky (IPPP Durham)
  • 31/10/12 "Lepton number violation: from neutrinoless double beta decay to the LHC" by Prof Silvia Pascoli (IPPP Durham)
  • 22/10/12 "A Higgs boson near 125 GeV beyond the MSSM" by Prof Steve King (Southampton) [from Sussex via video link]
  • 09/05/12 "W'and Z' searches at the LHC" by Dr Elena Accomando (Southampton)
  • 28/09/11 "Supersymmetry in light of 1/fb of LHC data" by Prof John Ellis (King's College London)
  • 20/06/11 "Light quark physics with domain wall fermions" by Prof Chris Sachrajda (Southampton) [from Sussex via video link]
  • 25/05/11 "Higher orders and multiplicities with Herwig++" by Prof Peter Richardson (IPPP Durham) [to Sussex via video link]
  • 09/05/11 "Minimal Resonant Leptogenesis and Lepton Flavour Violation" by Dr Frank Deppisch (UCL) [from Sussex via video link]
  • 12/01/11 "Parton distribution functions for the LHC" by Prof James Stirling (Cambridge)
  • 17/11/10 "Z' physics" by Prof Steve King (Southampton)
  • 26/10/10 "Gaps between jets and possible violation of QCD factorization" by Prof Mike Seymour (Manchester) [Tue 15:30]
  • 19/05/10 "Cosmic rays and dark matter indirect detection" by Dr Philipp Mertsch (Oxford)
  • 13/05/10 "WIMP hunting" by Dr Anne Green (Nottingham) [Thu 14:00]
  • 17/03/10 "Weak boson pair production at the LHC" by Dr Nikolas Kauer (RHUL)
  • 27/01/10 "NLO calculations for the LHC with generalized unitarity" by Prof Giulia Zanderighi (Oxford)
  • 16/12/09 "Theoretical calculations for Higgs searches at the LHC" by Dr Terrance Figy (CERN)
  • 25/11/09 "Measuring masses and spins of new particles at the LHC" by Prof Bryan Webber (Cambridge)

Centre for Particle Physics Seminars

Department of Physics Colloquia

Postgraduate Courses 

  • Standard Model (Stephen West)
  • Hadron Collider Physics (Nikolas Kauer)
  • Quantum Field Theory 1,2,3, Phenomenology, SUSY and others offered through the NExT Graduate School

Local and Co-Organised Workshops and Meetings 


Funding Opportunities for Postdocs 

Please contact an academic staff member if you would like to apply for these fellowships.

PhD Programmes in Particle Physics in the UK

Textbooks and Resources

Theoretical Particle Physics Projects

Peskin, Schroeder: An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory  (library: 530.143 PES)

Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles  (library: 539.721 GRI)

't Hooft: How to become a good theoretical physicist

Perimeter Scholars International (online lectures under "Courses")


Publication and Presentation Resources (TeX/LaTeX)

Higgs Physics Reviews

Djouadi: Anatomy of electroweak symmetry breaking: 1. The Higgs boson in the Standard Model

Martin: A Supersymmetry Primer
http://www.niu.edu/spmartin/primer/  (arXiv:hep-ph/9709356)

Djouadi: Anatomy of electroweak symmetry breaking: 2. The Higgs bosons in the Minimal Supersymmetric Model
http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0503173  (PDF)

Djouadi: Higgs Physics

Carmi, Falkowski, Kuflik, Volansky, Zupan: Higgs After the Discovery: A Status Report

Reina: TASI 2011 Lectures on Higgs-Boson Physics
http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.5504  (PDF)

Dittmaier, Schumacher: The Higgs Boson in the Standard Model - From LEP to LHC: Expectations, Searches and Discovery of a Candidate
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1211.4828  (PDF)

Higgs Working Group Report of the Snowmass 2013 Community Planning Study

J. Ellis: Higgs Physics
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1312.5672  (PDF)

Logan: TASI 2013 Lectures on Higgs physics within and beyond the Standard Model
http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.1786 (PDF)

J. Ellis: Theory Summary and Prospects
http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.5866  (PDF)

J. Ellis: The Physics Landscape after the Higgs Discovery at the LHC
http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.03654 (PDF)

Djouadi: Higgs Physics
http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.01059 (PDF)

Peskin: On the Trail of the Higgs Boson
http://arxiv.org/abs/1506.08185 (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 1. Inclusive Observables
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1101.0593   (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 2. Differential Distributions
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1201.3084   (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 3. Higgs Properties
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1307.1347   (PDF)

Interim Recommendations to Explore the Coupling Structure of a Higgs-like Particle
http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1209.0040   (PDF)

Theoretical Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London


Group Photo, March 2014
Mariyan Petrov (MSci 2014) attends the CERN Summer Student Programme 2014 (picture) and continues as DPhil candidate in Particle Physics at the University of Oxford.

Darsh Kodwani (MSci 2015) continues as PhD candidate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

Anna Pearson (MSci 2015) continues as DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford.

Jan Heck (BSc 2015) continues in the Japan scholarship programme of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

Loren E. Held (MSci 2015) continued with Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, continues as PhD candidate at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge

Hannah Tillim (BSc 2016) continues with Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge.

Ding Ding (Lanzhou University, 2014/15 study abroad year at Royal Holloway) continues as PhD candidate in Theoretical Physics at Pennsylvania State University.

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