Dr Brian Wecht
Dr Brian WechtSenior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics
Room: G O Jones 606
My research interests
I work on string theory, supersymmetry, and quantum field theory. I am particularly interested in four-dimensional superconformal field theories (SCFTs), which I study from the perspective of field theory as well as AdS/CFT duality. Right now I'm working on an new class of minimally supersymmetric SCFTs that come from wrapping M5-branes on Riemann surfaces; these theories are exotic in the sense that they do not have any known weakly coupled description. In addition to SCFTs and other formal aspects of string theory and quantum field theory, I am also interested in phenomenological issues. In particular, I work on signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model that might be observed that the Large Hadron Collider. Other topics I have worked on in the past include novel compactifications of string theory, scattering amplitudes, and formal aspects of gauge mediation of supersymmetry breaking.
During the current academic year (2013-2014), I am teaching the third-year module Statistical Physics. My previous teaching experience includes Synoptic Physics (QMUL), Introduction to Electromagnetism (MIT), as well as a variety of courses at UC San Diego and Williams College as a teaching assistant.
I frequently give public talks and colloquia at both universities as well as more general venues. Some recent talks of mine include:
- "Controversies in Theoretical Particle Physics"
- "Particle Physics in the Era of the Large Hadron Collider"
- "Introduction to String Theory"
My full list of publications can be found on INSPIRE. My most cited publications (100+ cites) are:
- "The Exact Superconformal R-symmetry maximizes a." K. Intriligator and B. Wecht, hep-th/0304128, Nucl. Phys. B667 (2003) 183-200
- "Brane Dimers and Quiver Gauge Theories." S. Franco et al, hep-th/0504110, JHEP 0601 (2006) 096
- "Gauge Theories from Toric Geometry and Brane Tilings." S. Franco et al, hep-th/0505211, JHEP 0601 (2006) 128
- "Nongeometric Flux Compactifications." J. Shelton, W. Taylor, B. Wecht, hep-th/0508133, JHEP 0510 (2005) 085