I am a Professor of Physics and Head of the Mathematics Department at Swansea University. My main field of research is Particle Physics, but I have also an interest in Statistical Mechanics, in Strongly Correlated Electrons and - outside Physics - in High Performance Computing. A full, constantly updated list of my publications can be found on Inspire. You might also be interested in my Inspire Author Page or in my Google Scholar entry.

In my research, I specialise in numerical calculations using Monte Carlo Methods in Strongly Interacting Gauge Theories and in Statistical Mechanics on state of the art supercomputers, developing in-house efficient parallel code. In this context, I have led the development of a specialised High Performance Computing benchmark, BSMBench.

In the very little remaining time, I fiddle around with Linux (about which sometimes I contribute articles to Linux Format and other magazines) and I play the accordion. I am also a keen cyclist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lattice Gauge Theory
  • Theoretical Particle Physics
  • Large-N gauge theories
  • 1/N Expansion
  • Strongly Interacting BSM dynamics
  • Glueballs
  • Monte Carlo Algorithms
  • Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions
  • Critical Phenomena
  • Strongly Correlated Electron Systems


  1. Casimir scaling and Yang-Mills glueballs. Physics Letters B
  2. & Symmetry restoration at high-temperature in two-color and two-flavor lattice gauge theories. Journal of High Energy Physics 2017(4)
  3. Non-perturbative results for large-N gauge theories. Nuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings 273-275, 1657-1663.
  4. & (2016). BSMBench: A flexible and scalable HPC benchmark from beyond the standard model physics. Presented at High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS), 2016 International Conference on,, 834-839.IEEE. doi:10.1109/HPCSim.2016.7568421
  5. & Guest Editor’s Preface to the Special Issue on lattice gauge theories beyond QCD. International Journal of Modern Physics A 31(22), 1602002

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  • PH-M11 Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

    Students will learn advanced topic in Statistical Mechanics such as the Ising Model, critical phenomena, mean-field approximation and the renormalisation group.

  • PH-M40 Computational Physics Project

    Students will perform individual projects based on advanced Physics topics using computational techniques.

  • PHMM01 Calculus for High Performance Computing

    Provides a mathematical background in differentiation and integration for a wide variety of sciences. Aimed at M.Sc. students with a scientific background but no knowledge of calculus beyond the A2 level in mathematics.


  • Extracting small signals from highly oscillating data: the sign problem in Condensed Matter Physics (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Hands
  • Non perturbative aspects of Sp(2N) gauge theories. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Maurizio Piai
  • Non-perturbative aspects of gauge theories from gauge-gravity dualities. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Maurizio Piai
  • 'Topics in matter under extreme conditions.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Gert Aarts

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Department, Mathematics - Mathematics

    2015 - Present

  • Programme Director - M.Sc. in High Performance and Scientific Computing

    2013 - Present

  • Deputy Head, College of Science

    2014 - 2015

  • Research Student Coordinator

    2011 - 2013

  • Exchange Student Coordinator

    2008 - 2013

  • Joint Honour Coordinator

    2008 - 2012

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 Present Professor in Physics Swansea University
2009 2011 Reader in Physics Swansea University
2007 2009 Senior Lecturer in Physics Swansea University
2005 2007 Lecturer in Physics Swansea University
2005 2013 Royal Society University Research Fellow Swansea University
2003 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow Theretical Physics, ETH Zurich
2001 2003 Marie Curie Fellow Theoretical Physics, Oxford U.
2000 2001 Postdoctoral Fellow Theoretical Physics, Oxford U.
1996 1999 Ph.D. in Physics Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
1991 1996 M.Sc. in Physics Pia University, Pisa, Italy