How the weird and wonderful properties of magnetised laser plasmas could ignite fusionenergy research 
Archie Bott explains how a promising scheme for fusion relies on a novel feature of hot laserplasmas: introducing a magnetic field of the correct strength alters the plasma’s fundamental properties in a highly counterintuitive yet beneficial manner. 
Archie Bott 
2 June, 2023 

Stellarators: twisty tokamaks that could be the future of fusion 
Georgia Acton introduces stellarators, discusses the features that distinguish them from tokamaks, highlight the challenges we currently face, and discusses how we might overcome them. 
Georgia Acton 
2 June, 2023 

Magnetic confinement fusion: Science that’s hotter than a Kardashian Instagram post 
Michael Barnes introduces the basic concepts behind magnetic confinement fusion, he describes why it is so challenging and discusses possibilities for the future. 
Michael Barnes 
2 June, 2023 

The spaghettification of stars by supermassive black holes: understanding one of nature’s most extreme events 
The spaghettification of stars by supermassive black holes: understanding one of nature’s most extreme events  Andrew Mummery 
Andrew Mummery 
3 March, 2023 

Extreme value statistics and the theory of rare events 
Extreme value statistics and the theory of rare events  Francesco Mori 
Francesco Mori 
3 March, 2023 

Inflation and the Very Early Universe 
Inflation and the Very Early Universe  Georges Obied 
Georges Obied 
3 March, 2023 

Axion Searches from Black Holes to the Basement 
Professor John MarchRussell talks about the search possibilities for axions including many current and near future ultraprecise quantum `table top' experiments in the Beecroft basement. 
John MarchRussell 
1 December, 2022 

Axion Electrodynamics in SolidState Materials 
Professor Siddharth Parameswaran gives the second talk on Axions. 
Siddharth Parameswaran 
1 December, 2022 

The Axion: How Angles Become Particles 
Professor Joseph Conlon introduces the general idea of axions: particles associated to fields which are valued on a circle rather than a real line. 
Joseph Conlon 
1 December, 2022 

Fluidgravity duality and hydrodynamics of black holes 
Holography explains why black hole horizons have thermodynamic and hydrodynamic properties and inspires researchers to revisit foundations and explore limits of relativistic hydrodynamics 
Andrei Starinets, Julia Yeomans 
29 April, 2021 

Hydrodynamics of Quantum ManyBody Systems Out of Equilibrium 
Can we apply hydrodynamics to systems with extensively many conservation laws 
Bruno Bertini 
29 April, 2021 

Why Hydrodynamics? 
What is hydrodynamics and why does it apply over 20 orders of magnitude in energy and length. 
Steve Simon, Julia Yeomans 
29 April, 2021 

Strings and Fields 
Will strings be the theory of everything?, presented by Prof Luis Fernando Alday. 
Luis Fernando Alday 
16 January, 2021 

Classical and Quantum Black Holes 
Prof MarchRussell explains our latest understanding of black holes, some of the most mysterious objects in the Universe. 
John MarchRussell 
16 January, 2021 

Why is Quantum Gravity so hard? 
A pressing question in our quest to understand the Universe is how to unify quantum mechanics and gravity, the very small and the very large. 
John Wheater 
16 January, 2021 

Machine learning techniques in modern quantummechanics experiments 
In this talk, Dr Elliott Bentine shall discuss how recent experiments have exploited machinelearning techniques, both to optimize the operation of these devices and to interperet the data they produce. 
Elliott Bentine 
22 March, 2020 

Machine Learning and String Theory 
Professor Andre Lukas will discuss how string theorists have started to use methods from data science  particularly machine learning  to analyse the vast landscape of string data. 
Andre Lukas 
22 March, 2020 

An Introduction to deep learning 
Professor Ard Louis gives a basic introduction to deep learning for physicists and addresses a few questions such as: Is the hype around deep learning justified, or are we about to hit some fundamental limitations? 
Ard Louis 
22 March, 2020 

Welcome by Ian Shipsey Head of the Department of Physics 
Ian Shipsey give an update on the department and introduces the next three talk on 'AI in Physics'. 
Ian Shipsey 
22 March, 2020 

Cosmic acceleration revealed by Type la supernovae? 
In this talk Subir Sarkar will explain how deflagration supernovae have been used to infer that the Hubble expansion rate is accelerating, and critically assess whether the acceleration is real and due to `dark energy’. 
Subir Sarkar 
1 November, 2019 

Supernova Explosions and their Role in the Universe 
In this talk, Philipp Podsiadlowski will explain how this energy (sometimes) creates a visible fireball, before going on to explain the role of supernovae in the production of the heaviest elements in the periodic table. 
Philipp Podsiadlowski 
1 November, 2019 

What makes stars go bang? 
In this talk, James Binney will outline the physics that leads to prodigeous release of energy in corecollapse and deflagration supernovae. 
James Binney 
1 November, 2019 

... from collisions to the Higgs boson 
To study the Higgs boson at the LHC we also need to understand how highly energetic quarks and gluons interact, among themselves and with the Higgs. 
Fabrizio Caola 
16 May, 2019 

From protons to collisions… 
We learn about the Higgs Boson and its interactions at the LHC by examining the debris produced by colliding protons headon at unprecedented high energies. 
Lucian HarlandLang 
16 May, 2019 

What the Large Hadron Collider is telling us about the Higgs sector and its new interactions 
Over the past two years, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has started to directly probe a qualitatively new class of interactions, associated with the Higgs boson. 
Gavin Salam 
16 May, 2019 

Why the world is simple  Prof Ard Louis 
The coding theorem from algorithmic information theory (AIT)  which should be much more widely taught in Physics!  suggests that many processes in nature may be highly biased towards simple outputs. 
Ard Louis 
15 February, 2019 

Topology in Biology  Prof Julia Yeomans FRS 
Active systems, from cells and bacteria to flocks of birds, harvest chemical energy which they use to move and to control the complex processes needed for life. 
Julia Yeomans 
15 February, 2019 

Welcome from the Head of the Physics Department 
Ian Shipsey delivers the welcome speech for the Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics. 
Ian Shipsey 
15 February, 2019 

Entropy from Entanglement 
Siddharth Parameswaran, Associate Professor, Physics Department. 
Siddharth Parameswaran 
3 December, 2018 

Entropy: two short stories 
John Chalker, Head of Theoretical Physics, gives a talk on entropy. 
John Chalker 
3 December, 2018 

Entropy: Gaining Knowledge by Admitting Ignorance 
Alexander Schekochihin, Professor of Theoretical Physics, gives a talk on entropy. 
Alexander Schekochihin 
3 December, 2018 

Networked Quantum Information Technologies 
This talk reviews the developments in quantum information processing. 
Dominic O'Brien 
6 July, 2018 

Quantum logic with trappedion qubits 
This talk reviews testing and developing ideas in quantum computing using lasermanipulated trapped ions. 
David Lucas 
6 July, 2018 

The ultimate limits of privacy and randomness...for the paranoid ones 
This talk explains how qubits are used to represent numbers in a way that permits 'quantummechanical parallel' computing. 
Artur Ekert 
6 July, 2018 

“Open” Quantum Systems 
This talk reviews how to deal with quantum systems that are coupled to the outside world, as in reality all systems are. 
Fabian Essler 
6 July, 2018 

Quantum Systems from Group up 
This talk reviews the modern formulation of the basic ideas of quantum mechanics. 
James Binney 
6 July, 2018 

Galaxy Dynamics: The chemical evolution side 
Dr Ralph Schoenrich will talk about the chemical evolution side 
Ralph Schoenrich 
25 January, 2018 

Galaxy Dynamics: The dynamics of galaxy discs 
Dr John Magorrian will talk about the dynamics of galaxy discs 
John Magorrian 
25 January, 2018 

Galaxy Dynamics: Stellar systems: a new state of matter 
Prof James Binney FRS will talk about stellar systems: a new state of matter 
James Binney 
25 January, 2018 

Superfluids in Flatland: Topology, Defects, and the 2016 Nobel Prize 
In this talk, Siddharth Parameswaran discusses how a topological approach to 2D systems reveal that they can indeed become superfluid, and lead to surprising and beautiful universal results whose implications continue to resonate today. 
Siddharth Parameswaran 
3 November, 2017 

Quantum mechanics on the human scale 
Stephen Blundell reviews a theory of superconductivity that was developed in Oxford in the 1930’s by Fritz London. 
Stephen Blundell 
3 November, 2017 

From Identical Particles to Frictionless Flow 
John Chalker discusses how the laws of quantum mechanics lead us from the microscopic world to macroscopic phenomena. 
John Chalker 
3 November, 2017 

Exploring the very early universe with gravitational waves 
John MarchRussell gives a talk about gravitational wave signals of stringy physics, a ‘soundscape’ connected to the landscape of string vacua. 
John MarchRussell 
10 May, 2017 

The birth of gravitational wave astronomy 
Subir Sarkar reviews the detection of the ‘chirrup’ signal from a pair of merging massive black holes by the Laser Interferometer GravitationalWave Observatory, as well as subsequent experimental developments. 
Subir Sarkar 
10 May, 2017 

From action at a distance to gravitational waves 
James Binney gives a talk about the mathematics that describe Gravitational waves. 
James Binney 
10 May, 2017 

Kilometres: Turbulence  Morning of Theroetical Physics 
Fasten Your Seat Belts: Turbulent Flows in Nature. Turbulence is ubiquitous in nature, and it often causes us headaches both literal and metaphorical. 
Michael Barnes 
28 February, 2017 

Microns: The bacterial viewpoint  Morning of Theroetical Physics 
Ramin Golestanian will introduce you to Life at Low Reynolds number and ask how microorganisms can swim, navigate, and coordinate their activities. 
Ramin Golestanian 
28 February, 2017 

Centimetres: Fluids all around us  Morning of Theroetical Physics 
Julia Yeomans will talk about fluids and flows all around us: from superhydrophobic surfaces and how animals and plants keep dry, to bouncing droplets and balloons. 
Julia Yeomans 
28 February, 2017 

Topology and the Classification of Matter: New Physics Hidden in Plain Sight 
Third lecture "More is different"  how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor Steve Simon, introduction by Professor John WheelerThird 
Steve Simon 
1 November, 2016 

Magnets, superfluids and superconductors 
Second lecture "More is different"  how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor Fabian Essler, introduction by Professor John Wheeler. 
Fabian Essler 
1 November, 2016 

Identical particles: from one to many 
First lecture in the "More is different"  how states of matter emerge from quantum theory Saturday morning of Theoretical Physics. With Professor John Chalker, introduction by Professor John Wheeler. 
John Chalker 
1 November, 2016 

String Theory, Holography and QuarkGluon Plasma 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the ninth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 21st May 2016. Talk 3 by Dr Andrei Starinets. 
Andrei Starinets 
24 May, 2016 

String Theory and Particle Physics 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the ninth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 21st May 2016. Talk 2 by Professor Andre Lukas. 
Andre Lukas 
24 May, 2016 

String Theory: Then and Now 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the ninth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 21st May 2016. Talk 1 by Professor Joseph Conlon. 
Joseph Conlon 
24 May, 2016 

How computers have changed the way we do physics  Breaking through the quantum barrier 
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. 
Thorsten Wahl 
11 February, 2016 

How computers have changed the way we do physics  Structure in complex systems 
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. 
Mark Newman 
11 February, 2016 

How computers have changed the way we do physics  Chaos and climate change 
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. 
Myles Allen 
11 February, 2016 

Gravitational lensing: one of the sharpest tools in an astronomer's toolbox 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the eighth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 19 September 2015. Talk 3 by Professor James Binney. 
James Binney 
24 September, 2015 

General Relativity: what is it & why Einstein conceived it thus 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the eighth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 19 September 2015. Talk 2 by Professor John Wheater. 
John Wheater 
24 September, 2015 

Cosmology from General Relativity 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the eighth Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 19 September 2015. Talk 3 by Pedro Ferreira. 
Pedro Ferreira 
24 September, 2015 

Making the Vacuum Concrete 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the first Saturday Morning of Theoretical Physics on 22 June 2013. The event focussed on how we use field theory to understand material reality. 
Fabian Essler 
21 May, 2015 

Basics of Anyons and Nonabelian AharanovBohm Effect 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 7th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the idea of quantum computation and the strange behaviour of certain types of fundamental particle. 
John MarchRussell 
14 May, 2015 

Knots, Worldlines, and Topological Quantum Computation 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 7th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the idea of quantum computation and the strange behaviour of certain types of fundamental particle. 
Steve Simon 
14 May, 2015 

Quantum Computing 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 7th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the idea of quantum computation and the strange behaviour of certain types of fundamental particle. 
Andrew Steane 
14 May, 2015 

Searches for Dark Matter 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 6th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the ways in which ideas from theoretical particle physics guide the high energy accelerator program at CERN. 
Ulrich Haisch 
24 March, 2015 

Precision Studies of the Higgs 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 6th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the ways in which ideas from theoretical particle physics guide the high energy accelerator program at CERN 
Giulia Zanderighi 
24 March, 2015 

The Standard Model and the LHC 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 6th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the ways in which ideas from theoretical particle physics guide the high energy accelerator program at CERN. 
Juan Rojo 
24 March, 2015 

The impact of black holes on the Universe 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 5th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Black holes: where physics reaches its limit. 
James Binney 
24 March, 2015 

Black holes in the nearby Universe 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 5th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Black holes: where physics reaches its limit. 
John Magorrian 
24 March, 2015 

Black holes in Einstein's gravity and beyond 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 5th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Black holes: where physics reaches its limit. 
Andrei Starinets 
24 March, 2015 

Plasma tamed, fusion power and the theoretical challenge 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 4th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Plasmas: the normal form of matter and the key to unlimited energy. 
Steven Cowley 
24 March, 2015 

Turbulence: Plasma Unleashed 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 4th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Plasmas: the normal form of matter and the key to unlimited energy. 
Alexander Schekochihin 
24 March, 2015 

Plasma: what it is, how to make it and how to hold it 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 4th morning of Theoretical Physics covering the subject of Plasmas: the normal form of matter and the key to unlimited energy. 
Felix ParraDiaz 
24 March, 2015 

String Theory on the Sky 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 3rd morning of Theoretical Physics covering the connections between cosmology and particle physics. 
David Marsh 
24 March, 2015 

Darkness Visible: The Hunt For Dark Matter 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 3rd morning of Theoretical Physics covering the connections between cosmology and particle physics. 
Felix Kahlhoefer 
24 March, 2015 

Inner space meets outer space: Introduction 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 3rd morning of Theoretical Physics covering the connections between cosmology and particle physics. 
Subir Sarkar 
24 March, 2015 

Motility in Living Matter: from molecular motors to bacterial swarms 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 1st morning of Theoretical Physics covering how we use field theory to understand material reality. 
Julia Yeomans 
24 March, 2015 

Living Matter: a theoretical physics perspective 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 2nd morning of Theoretical Physics covering ideas from theoretical physics currently being applied to living systems. 
Ramin Golestanian 
24 March, 2015 

Matter Emerges from the Vacuum 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 1st morning of Theoretical Physics covering how we use field theory to understand material reality. 
Joseph Conlon 
24 March, 2015 

The Vacuum Comes Alive 
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics hosted the 1st morning of Theoretical Physics covering how we use field theory to understand material reality. 
James Binney 
24 March, 2015 
