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.
4th Year (MP464): Solid State Physics
(a more comprehensive set of notes than for the current module above, including electronic properties and band structure)