Professor Simon Hands

Personal Professor, Physics

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295013

Email address

Research Links

Office - 603
Sixth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Simon Hands is a theoretical and computational physicist specialising in lattice field theory simulations of strongly-interacting matter. Two areas of particular interest are the behaviour of quarks under extreme conditions of temperature and density, and the behaviour of electrons in two-dimensional substances such as graphene. My research frequently requires the use of Tier-1 high performance computing such as STFC’s national DiRAC HPC facilty where I am currently co-chair of the Project Board. 

I have worked at Swansea University since 1993. 

See also the links from my personal webpage

Areas Of Expertise

  • Lattice field theory
  • Quantum Field theory
  • High Performance Computing

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
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I lecture Nuclear Physics and Computational Physics, and coordinate a level 3 module in which selected students interested in a career in teaching undertake placements in local schools.





My current project: investigation of possible ground states in various two-dimenional lattice models of interacting fermions. The red and blue surfaces indicate a condensate of fermion – antifermion pairs leading to the formation of an “Aoki phase”.

Award Highlights

Elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2013.