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Theoretical Particle Physics Group

Welcome  to the Theoretical Particle Physics Group 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 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.


  • NExT Physics Meeting at Royal Holloway (November 2017)
  • South-Eastern Particle Theory Alliance Sussex - RHUL - UCL funded by STFC for 2017-2020 (January 2017)
  • Grant "Theoretical Studies of Elementary Particles" with Oxford funded by STFC for 2017-2020 (January 2017)
  • STFC co-funds fifth NExT PhD Workshop, which goes national in 2015 (December 2014)
  • Stephen West lectures at BUSSTEPP (August 2014)
  • Mariyan Petrov attends the CERN Summer Student Programme (July 2014)
  • Nikolas Kauer's research cited in CERN Courier magazine: CMS sets new constraints on the width of the Higgs boson  (April 2014)
  • IOP 2014 HEPP and APP Joint Meeting (April 2014)
  • Royal Holloway and Sussex Particle Physics Theory Consortium funded by STFC for 2014-2017 (January 2014)
  • Colloquium by Prof Tom Kibble, co-discoverer of the Higgs mechanism and many other distinctions (February 2013)
  • NExT Physics Meeting   at RHUL (November 2012)
  • Royal Holloway and Sussex Particle Physics Theory Consortium funded by STFC for 2011-2014 (October 2011)
  • Stephen West awarded IPPP Associateship for 2010-2011 (October 2010)
  • Stephen West's research reviewed in New Scientist magazine:   Heart of darkness could explain sun mysteries   (July 2010)
  • NExT Physics Meeting   at RHUL (May 2010)
  • IPPP-NExT workshop at RHUL:   Theory Experiment Interplay at the LHC   (April 2010)
  • Nikolas Kauer awarded IPPP Associateship for 2009-2010 (October 2009)
  • Stephen West's research reviewed in New Scientist magazine:   Black holes are the ultimate particle smashers   (September 2009).

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 
 dummy Dugald Hepburn W263 dugald.hepburn.2017@live.rhul.ac.uk  +44 (0)1784 44 3460
 Lind_Alexander_small Alexander Lind W263  alexander.lind.2017@live.rhul.ac.uk +44 (0)1784 44 3460

Theory Seminars 

  • 11/01/17 "Going effectively beyond the Standard Model" by Dr Tevong You (Cambridge)
  • 09/11/16 "The Fermi theory of the 21st century" by Dr Jeremie Quevillon (King's College London)
  • 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

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.

Theoretical Particle Physics


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