- I am currently working on the physics of black hole thermodynamics. Black holes are fascinating objects for a variety of reasons: not only are they important in astrophysics as the final stage of stellar evolution for massive stars and as the powerhouses of active galactic nuclei but also their very existence poses deep questions in physics at a fundamental level regarding information and entropy in thermodynamics. It is the latter that is the current focus of my research.
In more general terms my research area is field theory: relativistic quantum field
theory in elementary particle physics; classical field theory in general relativity; non-relativistic quantum field theory in condensed matter systems (specifically the
quantum Hall effect). I am also interested in extensions of field theory applications to new physics, such as non-commutative geometry and quantum gravity.
- Former PhD students: David Dunbar, Sean Murray, Thomas Kaltenbrunner, Martin Vachovski.
- Current PhD students: Aonghus Hunter-McCabe.
- I currently teach the following modules:
- Here are some notes for some other modules I have taught in previous years:
- Video presentations:
- Department of Theoretical Physics home page.
- NUI Maynooth home page.