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 Publications A/Prof. Gary Hill CI CDMPP Dark matter direct detection CDMPP InspireHEP Prof. Paul Jackson CI CDMPP Experimental collider physics HEP, CDMPP InspireHEP Prof. Derek Leinweber Associate Director CSSM QCD CSSM InspireHEP Prof. Anthony Thomas AC FAA Director CSSM, CI CDMPP CSSM, HEP, CDMPP InspireHEP Prof. Martin White CI CDMPP Particle physics HEP, CDMPP InspireHEP Prof. Anthony Williams Associate Director CSSM, Deputy Director CDMPP CSSM, CDMPP, HEP InspireHEP A/Prof. Ross Young QCD CSSM, HEP InspireHEP A/Prof. James Zanotti QCD CSSM InspireHEP
Name Research interests Area Publications Dr. Irene Bolognino Dark matter / SABRE CDMPP InspireHEP Dr. Utku Can QCD CSSM InspireHEP Dr. Waseem Kamleh QCD CSSM InspireHEP Dr. Ayse Kizilersu QCD/QED CSSM InspireHEP Dr. Max Lohe Theory CSSM InspireHEP Dr. Harish Potti Dark matter CDMPP InspireHEP Dr. Dipan Sengupta Dark matter CDMPP InspireHEP Dr. Xuan-Gong Wang Dark matter CDMPP InspireHEP
Name Level Supervisor/s Area Publications PhD Curtis Abell PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM InspireHEP Mischa Batelan PhD Zanotti/Young CSSM Joshua Crawford PhD Zanotti/Young CSSM Shanette De La Motte PhD Jackson/Young InspireHEP Matthew Fewell PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Emily Filmer PhD Jackson/White CDMPP InspireHEP Phil Grace PhD Jackson/White CDMPP InspireHEP Charles Grant PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Alec Hannaford-Gunn PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM InspireHEP Minh Tan Ha PhD Hill/Jackson CDMPP Liam Hockley PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM Tomas Howson PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM InspireHEP Nicholas Hunt-Smith PhD Thomas/White CDMPP InspireHEP Wasif Husain PhD Thomas/Leinweber CDMPP InspireHEP Thomas Kabelitz PhD Leinweber/Kamleh CSSM Albert Kong PhD Jackson/White CDMPP InspireHEP Jesper Leong PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM InspireHEP Bill Loizos PhD Williams/Wang CDMPP Melissa McIntyre PhD Kizilersu/Thomas CSSM Shiryu Owa PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM InspireHEP Hitarthi Pandya PhD Jackson/White CDMPP Skye Platten PhD Williams/Leinweber CSSM Tristan Ruggeri PhD Jackson/White CDMPP InspireHEP Rose Smail PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Edmund Ting PhD White/Jackson CDMPP InspireHEP Adam Virgilli PhD Kamleh/Leinweber CSSM InspireHEP Bradley Wegener PhD Young/Zanotti CSSM Wanli Xing PhD Thomas/Leinweber CSSM MPhil Max Amerl MPhil Jackson/Hill CDMPP InspireHEP Nathaniel Botton MPhil Thomas CSSM Meera Deshpande MPhil Williams/White CDMPP Joshua Gill MPhil Williams/Sengupta CDMPP Nabil Humphrey MPhil Zanotti/Young CSSM InspireHEP Joseph Pritchard MPhil Thomas/Kizilersu CSSM Alex Woodcock MPhil Williams/White CDMPP InspireHEP 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)
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)
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.
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.
November 28th : Professor Anthony Thomas (with Dr. Pierre Guichon (IRFU, Saclay)) was awarded ARC Discovery Project funding for the project "A New Approach to the Structure of Atomic Nuclei".
November 21st : we are pleased to announce that a LIEF grant proposal (details below) led by Professor Paul Jackson was successful:
- Enabling the future of the Australian collider physics program – the project aims to fund the continuation of Australia’s experimental particle physics program to explore how the universe works at its fundamental level. Researchers study subatomic matter at the energy frontier at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the intensity frontier at Japan’s SuperKEKB collider. Chief investigator: Professor Paul Jackson. Funding: $2,827,000.
November 19th : Professor Anthony Thomas presented a talk on The Role of Nuclear Power in a Sustainable Future at the 19th Biennial Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Association in Geelong.
November 16th : further to the item below, Professor Shannahan also was awarded the 2022 James McWha Rising Star Award.
November 14th : former CSSM PhD student Professor Phiala Shannahan (now at MIT) was awarded the Australian Institute of Physics' Ruby Payne-Scott Award for "...key insights into the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei using numerical and analytical methods and pioneering the use of machine learning techniques in lattice quantum field theory calculations in particle and nuclear physics."
August 19th : today marked the official completion of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, the future home of the SABRE South dark matter direct-detection experiment. Adelaide NUPP members, as part of the CDMPP, are working on this experiment.
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, Liam Hockley (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.
2023 seminars to be announced.
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.
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.
Tel: +61 831 33533
Room 126, Physics Building, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide