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Carries out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) is one of two Mathematics Departments at the University of Cambridge, the other being the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). The two Departments together constitute the Faculty of Mathematics, and are responsible for the teaching of Mathematics and its applications within the Mathematical Tripos.

DAMTP has a 50-year tradition of carrying out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Members of DAMTP have made seminal theoretical advances in the development of mathematical techniques and in the application of mathematics, combined with physical reasoning, to many different areas of science. A unique strength is the G K Batchelor Laboratory, in which fundamental experimental science is also performed. Research students have always played a crucial role in DAMTP research, working on demanding research problems under the supervision of leading mathematical scientists and, in many cases, moving on to become research leaders themselves. The current aims of DAMTP are to continue this tradition, in doing so broadening the range of subject areas studied and using new mathematical and computational techniques.

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  • Nonthermal fixed points in quantum field theory beyond the weak-coupling limit 

    Berges, J; Wallisch, B (American Physical Society, 2017-02-22)
    Quantum systems in extreme conditions can exhibit universal behavior far from equilibrium associated to nonthermal fixed points with a wide range of topical applications from early-Universe inflaton dynamics and heavy-ion ...
  • Geometric tuning of self-propulsion for Janus catalytic particles 

    Michelin, S; Lauga, E (Nature Publishing Group, 2017-02-13)
    Catalytic swimmers have attracted much attention as alternatives to biological systems for examining collective microscopic dynamics and the response to physico-chemical signals. Yet, understanding and predicting even the ...
  • Tropical Amplitudes 

    Tourkine, P
    In this work, we argue that the α′→0 limit of closed string theory scattering amplitudes is a tropical limit. The motivation is to develop a technology to systematize the extraction of Feynman graphs from string theory ...
  • Dynamical symmetries in Brans-Dicke cosmology 

    Papagiannopoulos, G; Barrow, JD; Basilakos, S; Giacomini, A; Paliathanasis, A (American Physical Society, 2017-01-20)
    In the context of generalized Brans-Dicke cosmology we use the Killing tensors of the minisuperspace in order to determine the unspecified potential of a scalar-tensor gravity theory. Specifically, based on the existence ...

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