Prof Andreas Brandhuber

Prof Andreas Brandhuber

Professor of Theoretical Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 5797
Room: G O Jones 603
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My research interests

I am a director of the Centre for Research in String Theory. My main research interests are centered around string theory, gravity, gauge theories and their interrelations. Exciting advances in these fields have recently come about due to the realisation that certain field theories are dual to certain string theories. This discovery has led to major progress in our understanding of the dynamics of gauge theories at the perturbative and non-perturbative level. In the last years my research has been devoted to exploring theoretical scenarios where the interplay between string and field theory has proved to be particularly fruitful and productive:

  • Study of modern methods for scattering amplitudes in gauge theories and gravity. This includes supersymmetric and non-supersymmetric theories such as pure Yang-Mills and QCD, and theories in various dimensions including ABJM-type Chern-Simons matter theories in d=3 and six-dimensional theories.

  • The novel duality between N=4 super Yang-Mills and twistor string theory, and its applications.

  • The study of the non-perturbative dynamics of supersymmetric gauge theories using exactly calculable anomalies, branes in string theory and dualities.

  • M-theory compactifications on G_2 manifolds and their implications for model building.

  • The AdS/CFT correspondence and its generalisations to non-conformal gauge theories.

My teaching

In the academic year 2012/2013 I will teach Quantum Mechanics B (3rd year BSc, Semester 1) and the MSci/MSc course Advanced Quantum Field Theory.

My grants

  1. STFC Consolidated Grant, String Theory, Gauge Theory and Duality, A Brandhuber (PI), DS Berman, S Ramgoolam, R Russo, WJ Spence, S Thomas, G Travaglini, and B Wecht, 2014-2017. GBP726,605.
  2. STFC Consolidated Grant, String Theory, Gauge Theory and Duality, A Brandhuber (PI), DS Berman, S Ramgoolam, R Russo, WJ Spence, S Thomas, G Travaglini, and B Wecht, 2011-2014. GBP632,431.

  3. STFC Rolling Grant, String Theory, Gauge Theory and Duality, A Brandhuber (PI), DS Berman, S Ramgoolam, R Russo, WJ Spence, S Thomas, G Travaglini, 2008-2013. GBP1,400,000 (superceded in 2011 by Consolidated Grant).

  4. INFN (Italy): Brandhuber, Spence, Travaglini, V. Del Duca (INFN, Torino), N. Glover (IPPP, Durham), D. Kosower (CEA, Saclay), E. Laenen (Nikhef, Amsterdam), G. Passarino (University of Torino), D. Zeppenfeld (University of Karlsruhe). Two month workshop "Advancing Collider Physics: from Twistors to Monte Carlos" at the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics, Arcetri, Florence, Italy, August 27-October 26 2007, (EURO 125,000).

  5. PPARC Rolling Grant  "String theory, gauge theory and gravity", Berman, Brandhuber, Ramgoolam, Spence, Thomas, (2006-2008), GBP 249,800.

  6. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: A. Brandhuber and B. Spence: Grant for the International Workshop: "From Twistors to Amplitudes", (2005) Queen Mary, November 2005, GBP 4700.

  7. Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council: A. Brandhuber and B. Spence, (2005-2007), "Gauge theory, string theory and twistor space techniques", GBP 134,010.

  8. European Union, Framework 6, Marie Curie Training and Mobility of Researchers Grant, <em>Superstrings</em>, Theory Group, Department of Physics, Queen Mary, (2004-2008),  EURO 259,980. 

This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.


Most popular publications

MHV amplitudes in N=4 super Yang-Mills and Wilson loops
Brandhuber, Andreas et al.
Nucl.Phys., Volume B794, page 231-243. Publication year: 2008

DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2007.11.002

Wilson loops in the large N limit at finite temperature
Brandhuber, A. et al.
Phys.Lett., Volume B434, page 36-40. Publication year: 1998

DOI: 10.1016/S0370-2693(98)00730-8

One-loop gauge theory amplitudes in N=4 super Yang-Mills from MHV vertices
Brandhuber, Andreas et al.
Nucl.Phys., Volume B706, page 150-180. Publication year: 2005

DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2004.11.023

A Note on dual superconformal symmetry of the N=4 super Yang-Mills S-matrix
Brandhuber, Andreas et al.
Phys.Rev., Volume D78, page 125005. Publication year: 2008

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.78.125005

Wilson loops, confinement, and phase transitions in large N gauge theories from supergravity
Brandhuber, Andreas et al.
JHEP, Volume 9806, page 001. Publication year: 1998

DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1998/06/001