The Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory of the Physics Department has enjoyed recent success with the Royal Society.

Success with the Royal SocietyIn January the Department welcomed Dr Daniel Thompson, who joined as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and member of staff. His interests lie in generalised dualities in string theory and holography. After obtaining his PhD at Queen Mary, Daniel has worked for over 6 years at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, before coming to Swansea. Daniel says: "It is very exciting to join one of the largest particle theory groups in the UK, and to be able to explore novel directions in fundamental particle physics. The group's interests cover a wide spectrum, which will allow me to find new applications of my ideas."

His arrival was followed by that of Dr Dibakar Roychowdhury, who joined the Department as a Royal Society - SERB Newton Fellow for two years, starting in April. Dibakar will  work with Prof Prem Kumar and others, on shared interests in holography and integrability, applications of holography to condensed matter physics, and time dependent questions in holography. Dibakar has previously worked at the Ben-Gurion University of The Negev in Israel and various institutes in India (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the S. N. Bose Centre, Kolkata).

He is the second Newton Fellow to join the group, after Dr Salomon Zacarias, who joined in June 2016 to work with Prof Carlos Nunez and arrived from Guanajuato University in Mexico. Salomon is working on Non-abelian T-dualities, an interest shared with Daniel Thompson.

The photograph shows (f.l.t.r.) Dibakar, Daniel and Salomon.