Nuclear and Particle Physics
The Nuclear and Particle Physics Group undertakes research across all aspects of subatomic physics, from experimental and theoretical particle physics (including dark matter) to theoretical work in quantum chromodynamics (QCD), nuclear structure, and neutron stars.
Our staff and students are involved in international collaborations such as the Large Hadron Collider (especially the ATLAS and Belle II experiments) and in cutting-edge research in areas such as effective field theories and QCD, amongst others. Investigating the true nature of dark matter also is part of the work being done here.
The Group enjoys strong national and international links with other theory groups and experimentalists at major laboratories such as CERN (Switzerland), Jefferson Lab (USA), and J-PAC and KEK (Japan). We have a long history of seminars and colloquia involving staff, students and- when possible- overseas researchers. Many students have gone on to significant positions in institutions across the world, and there is a vibrant student community.
Name Position/Title Research interests Area A/Prof. Gary Hill CI CDMPP Dark matter direct detection CDMPP Prof. Paul Jackson CI CDMPP Experimental collider physics HEP, CDMPP Prof. Derek Leinweber Associate Director CSSM QCD CSSM Prof. Anthony Thomas AC FAA Director CSSM, CI CDMPP CSSM, HEP, CDMPP Prof. Martin White CI CDMPP Particle physics HEP, CDMPP Prof. Anthony Williams Associate Director CSSM, Deputy Director CDMPP CSSM, CDMPP, HEP A/Prof. Ross Young QCD CSSM, HEP A/Prof. James Zanotti QCD CSSM
Name Research interests Area Dr. Irene Bolognino Dark matter / SABRE CDMPP Dr. Utku Can QCD CSSM Dr. Waseem Kamleh QCD CSSM Dr. Ayse Kizilersu QCD/QED CSSM Dr. Max Lohe Theory CSSM Dr. Harish Potti Dark matter CDMPP Dr. Dipan Sengupta Dark matter CDMPP Dr. Wei Su Collider physics HEP Dr. Xuan-Gong Wang Dark matter CDMPP
Name Level Supervisor/s Area PhD Curtis Abell PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM Mischa Batelan PhD Zanotti/Young CSSM Joshua Crawford PhD Zanotti/Young CSSM Shanette De La Motte PhD Jackson/Young Matthew Fewell PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Emily Filmer PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Phil Grace PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Charles Grant PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Alec Hannaford-Gunn PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Min Tan Ha PhD Hill/Jackson CDMPP Liam Hockley PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM Tomas Howson PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Nicholas Hunt-Smith PhD Thomas/White CDMPP Wasif Hussain PhD Thomas/Leinweber CDMPP Thomas Kabelitz PhD Leinweber/Kamleh CSSM Albert Kong PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Zeno Kordov PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Jesper Leong PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM Bill Loizos PhD Williams/Wang CDMPP Melissa McIntyre PhD Kizilersu/Thomas CSSM Shiryu Owa PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM Hitarthi Pandanya PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Skye Platten PhD Williams/Leinweber CSSM Tristan Ruggeri PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Rose Small PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Edmund Ting PhD White/Jackson CDMPP Adam Virgilli PhD Kamleh/Leinweber CSSM Bradley Wegener PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Wanli Xing PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM MPhil Max Amerl MPhil Jackson/Hill CDMPP Nathaniel Botton MPhil Thomas CSSM Meera Deshpande MPhil Williams/White CDMPP Joshua Gill MPhil Williams/Sengupta CDMPP Nabil Humphrey MPhil Zanotti/Young CSSM Joseph Pritchard MPhil Thomas/Kizilersu CSSM Alex Woodcock MPhil Williams/White CDMPP Honours Jackson Mickley Hons Leinweber CSSM James Gallagher Hons Jackson CDMPP Matthew Green Hons Jackson/White CDMPP Cameron Harris Hons Jackson CDMPP Judith Kull Hons Jackson CDMPP
Name Role Sharon Johnson Personal assistant Dr. Padric McGee Research support Ramona Rogers Systems admin. Silvana Santucci Office administrator
Dr. Wally Melnitchouk QCD Prof. Peter Tandy QCD Dr. Laura Venuti Star formation
Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM)
Established in 1997 as a result of a national proposal by Professors Anthony W. Thomas and Anthony G. Williams for one of eight Commonwealth Special Research Centres, the CSSM has a strong international reputation and works at the forefront of advances in our understanding of the structure of hadronic matter. Hadronic matter makes up almost the entire mass of the tangible universe, from the protons and neutrons that are within the nuclei inside atoms and molecules, to neutron stars.
High-Energy Physics (HEP)
Formerly part of the national ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terra-scale (CoEPP), HEP is concerned with studying particle physics, particularly with regards to understanding physics at modern collider experiments and searching for new fundamental physical laws. This includes both the experimental and theoretical aspects of these topics. Strong links exist with the ATLAS and Belle 2 experiments at the LHC.
Our researchers are also involved in the development and operation of computing resources for particle physics research, particularly GAMBIT.
ARC CoE for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDMPP) - Adelaide node
A number of staff and students within the Group also are involved with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics, which is exploring the nature of dark matter- one of the greatest puzzles in contemporary physics.
The Seminar Series runs fortnightly on Wednesdays, at 16:00 in Room 121.
Everyone is welcome. Please also join everyone in the CSSM/CDMPP common area for afternoon tea/coffee after the seminars and a chance for an informal chat with students and academics.
If you would like to present a seminar, please contact the organiser, Shanette De La Motte (email@example.com), or Anthony Thomas.
It has run for many years (with a break in 2020), and is an excellent forum for discussing recent work and results.
Seminar schedule and details
Date Presenter Topic 2022/6/29 A/Prof. Ross Young Precision measurements and Lattice QCD 2022/6/22 A/Prof. Claudia Szabo LGBTQIA+ Ally Training 2022/6/15 Dr. Irene Bolognino Status of the SABRE experiment 2022/6/1 Dr. Harish Potti Shedding light on a single truth quark 2022/5/25 A/Prof. Claudia Szabo LGBTQIA+ Ally Training 2022/5/11 Dr. George Stamatescu Dynamic mean field programming 2022/5/4 Prof. Paul Jackson A Career in Academia 2022/4/20 Dr. Laura Venuti (SETI) Colours of stellar youth - Dynamical evolution of young stars and their planet-forming disks across the wavelength spectrum 2022/4/14 Dr. Yong Zhao (Argonne) Lattice QCD Determination of the x-dependence of PDFs 2022/4/6 Dr. Dipan Sengupta How Valid Are Theories of Extra Dimensions? 2021/12/15 Dr. Waseem Kamleh PaCER / EmPRiSM: The path to Exascale computing 2021/10/13 Various Senior PhD student updates 2021/8/4 Shanette de la Motte Diversity and Inclusion Activities of the Belle II Collaboration 2021/7/20 Mischa Batelaan / Tomas Howson / James Biddle Nucleon Form Factors from the Feynman-Hellmann Method in Lattice QCD / Direct Measurement and Renormalisation of Quark and Gluon Momentum Fractions in the Quenched Approximation / Centre Vortex Structure in 2+1 Flavour QCD 2021/7/7 Anna Mullin Network analysis for particle colliders 2021/6/23 Dr. Harish Potti Seeing a single top quark: Search for the associated production of a single top quark and a photon with the ATLAS experiment 2021/6/9 Melissa McIntyre A New Model for Dose-Response of cells in Hadron Therapy 2021/5/26 Dr. Ryan Bignall (Swansea) Magnetic Polarisabilities from lattice QCD 2021/5/12 Prof. Tony Thomas Short Range Correlations and the EMC Effect: via Nuclear Structure and Neutrino Stars 2021/4/28 Alec Hannaford Gunn Generalised parton distributions from lattice Feynman-Hellmann techniques
Workshops and conferences
Over the last two-and-a-half decades, staff and students in the various NUPP areas have organised and participated in a large number of workshops and conferences.
These range from local or national events that include mainly Australian participants, to major international conferences involving hundreds of delegates. The history of these events provides a valuable insight into the progress of these investigations at Adelaide, the changes in local personnel over the years, and developments in the topics covered by this research.
Please see here for information on forthcoming and past events.
Beyond the Standard Model
NUPP researchers discuss the benefits that come from our close collaboration between theory and experiment that is engendered by the proximity between the CSSM and HEP (formerly the Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics, CoEPP) within our department.
Room 126, Physics Building,
North Terrace campus,
University of Adelaide,
Tel: +61 831 33533