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UKRI Physics grant

1 November 2022

Funding boost to expand and test theories of how the Universe works

Two Newcastle University projects have received funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Dr Paul McFadden is part of a consortium with Durham University which has obtained funding from the STFC. His work explores early universe cosmology using holography, precise correspondence between gravitational physics in three space and one time dimension, a quantum theory without gravity living in only three spatial dimensions.

Professor Ian Moss leads a team in theoretical cosmology which has received some funding to look into the possibility that bubbles formed the early universe may explain the origin of matter.

UK theoretical particle physicists have a long history of global leadership, including Nobel Prize winners, and continues to lead the world in areas such as dark matter theory.

In total, 25 institutions set to benefit from the three-year grant funding.

Head of Particle Physics Programme in STFC, Karen Clifford, said: “Theorists are crucial to the UK’s entire science base, not just to our understanding of the Universe. They play a vital role in the promotion of science, helping to inspire the next generation of researchers.

“Theoretical physicist also play a crucial role in teaching in maths and physics departments with their breadth of knowledge and ability to clearly explain complex subjects.

“With this funding, we hope to continue the UK’s global leadership in this area.”