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. et. al. Artificial Intelligence (AI): Multidisciplinary perspectives on emerging challenges, opportunities, and agenda for research, practice and policy. International Journal of Information Management
  2. & (2019). Progress in the lattice simulations of Sp(2N) gauge theories. Presented at Proceedings of Science,, 192 Trieste (Italy): Sissa Medialab srl. doi:10.22323/1.334.0192
  3. & Machine Learning as a universal tool for quantitative investigations of phase transitions. Nuclear Physics B 944, 114639
  4. & Gauge invariant determination of charged hadron masses. Journal of High Energy Physics 2018(5)
  5. & Sp(4) gauge theory on the lattice: towards SU(4)/Sp(4) composite Higgs (and beyond). Journal of High Energy Physics 2018(3)

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  • MA-262 Numerical Methods (with Matlab)

    Advanced numerical techniques for equation solving, integration, and visualisation


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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Hands
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Gert Aarts
  • 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