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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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  • Aspherical photon and anti-photon surfaces 

    Gibbons, Gary William; Warnick, Claude Miles (2016-12-10)
    © 2016 The Authors In this note we identify photon surfaces and anti-photon surfaces in some physically interesting spacetimes, which are not spherically symmetric. All of our examples solve physically reasonable field ...
  • Long-Lived Inverse Chirp Signals from Core-Collapse in Massive Scalar-Tensor Gravity. 

    Sperhake, Ulrich; Moore, Christopher J; Rosca, Roxana; Agathos, Michalis; Gerosa, Davide; Ott, Christian D (2017-11-17)
    This Letter considers stellar core collapse in massive scalar-tensor theories of gravity. The presence of a mass term for the scalar field allows for dramatic increases in the radiated gravitational wave signal. There are ...
  • Inverse scale space decomposition 

    Schmidt, MF; Benning, Martin; Schönlieb, CB (IoP, 2018-03-13)
    We investigate the inverse scale space flow as a decomposition method for decomposing data into generalised singular vectors. We show that the inverse scale space flow, based on convex and even and positively one-homogeneous ...
  • Capillary retraction of the edge of a stretched viscous sheet 

    Munro, James; Lister, John Ronald (Cambridge University Press, 2018-04-03)
    Surface tension causes the edge of a fluid sheet to retract. If the sheet is also stretched along its edge then the flow and the rate of retraction are modified. A universal similarity solution for the Stokes flow in a ...

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