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Fully Funded STFC and Swansea University PhD Scholarship: Dualities in Gauge Field Theories and String Theory

Swansea University - Theoretical Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 - This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd November 2023
Closes: 14th February 2024

Funding providers: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Theoretical Physics, String Theory, Particle Physics, Quantum Field Theory

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project description: 

Gauge theories are the fundamental framework behind theoretical particle physics. In recent years it became evident that two seemingly different gauge theories describe the same physics. This phenomenon is called ‘duality’. The simplest known duality is between Electric and Magnetic field, known also as electric-magnetic duality in Maxwell theory. Dualities are characterised by the property that when one description is ‘hard’ the other is ‘easy’ and vice versa. Thus, often hard calculations in a given theory become easy using a different description. Most of the effort to construct and use dualities is within theories known as ‘supersymmetric’, toy models of the real world. The aim of this project is to extend the dualities towards realistic models of nature which do not admit supersymmetry. The focus is on three kinds of dualities, S-duality, Seiberg duality and holography. In all dualities we will use both field theory tools and string theory. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to learn and contribute to a field in the forefront of theoretical particle physics.

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Eligibility

Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.

English Language: IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.0) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.

Funding

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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