Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Liverpool
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Curriculum Vitae (last modified 19 August 2019)
I am a Lecturer in theoretical particle physics at the University of Liverpool, and a UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) Future Leader Fellow. I previously held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Bern, Syracuse University and the University of Colorado Boulder after studying at Amherst College and completing my PhD at Boston University. For shorter periods I have worked at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore; the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara; the Humboldt University of Berlin; the Aspen Center for Physics; the National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Taipei; Lawrence Livermore National Lab; and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. In addition to these institutions I have been supported by the US Department of Energy, the US National Science Foundation, and the National Science Council of Taiwan.
Research [complete overview, GitHub]
I use computing to gain insight into strongly interacting quantum field theories, primarily in the context of high-energy particle physics. I employ lattice field theory, a non-perturbative framework that enables first-principles investigations of strongly coupled systems. Making use of lattice regularization as a broadly applicable tool, I address questions that are important both theoretically and phenomenologically, within and beyond the standard model of particle physics.
My work currently focuses on composite dark matter, composite Higgs models, supersymmetric lattice field theories, and lattice field theories that suffer from so-called sign problems.
A central aspect of my research is the development and deployment of software for high-performance parallel computing. I do the bulk of my code development publicly through GitHub, and whenever possible I release my programs under open-source free software licenses such as the GNU General Public License.
In order both to contribute to public engagement with science and to recognize taxpayer support of my work over the years, I write non-technical (or at least less-technical) descriptions of my research projects for interested non-experts. Experts can find my recent publications below.
Supervision and open positions
In the coming months I anticipate hiring a postdoctoral researcher and at least one PhD student. The postdoc will be funded by the UKRI project New Frontiers of Lattice Field Theory and should have expertise or interest in quantum simulation of lattice field theories. The formal search for this position should open soon.
While the PhD position(s) will not be funded by UKRI, there is scope for a PhD student to work on a piece of the New Frontiers of Lattice Field Theory project (investigating supersymmetric lattice field theories). Other possible PhD projects are listed here. The PhD student(s) will be recruited through our regular application procedure in autumn 2019. If you are interested in doing your PhD with me, please contact me before you apply so that I can arrange to endorse your application.
I am also available to supervise undergraduate projects in theoretical physics. Information on the corresponding project modules is available through the maths intranet (login required). I can suggest a few possible topics for projects, some of which should eventually appear on the intranet as well.
Teaching [complete list]
As a UKRI fellow I am not teaching at the moment, apart from the project modules mentioned above and (most likely) a lecture series for theoretical physics postgraduates in early 2020. I most recently taught a graduate course on New strong dynamics beyond the standard model, at the University of Bern during autumn 2017. Some resources from this course are here. I previously organized informal courses on Advanced quantum field theory, at the University of Colorado during 2012–2013 (resources here) and at Syracuse University during 2013–2014 (resources here). Some of the online resources, in particular solutions to textbook exercises, are password protected.
Recent publications and preprints [complete list, INSPIRE, arXiv, Google]
Refereed journal articles
Nonpeturbative investigations of SU(3) gauge theory with eight dynamical flavors
LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Richard C. Brower, George T. Fleming, Andrew Gasbarro, Anna Hasenfratz, Xiao-Yong Jin, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg and Oliver Witzel
Physical Review D 99:014509 (2019) [arXiv:1807.08411, INSPIRE]
Linear Sigma EFT for Nearly Conformal Gauge Theories
LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Richard C. Brower, George T. Fleming, Andrew Gasbarro, Anna Hasenfratz, James Ingoldby, Joe Kiskis, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg and Oliver Witzel
Physical Review D 98:114510 (2018, Editors' Suggestion) [arXiv:1809.02624, INSPIRE]
Strongly interacting dynamics and the search for new physics at the LHC
LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Richard C. Brower, George T. Fleming, Anna Hasenfratz, Xiao-Yong Jin, Joe Kiskis, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg, Oliver Witzel
Physical Review D 93:114514 (2016) [arXiv:1601.04027, INSPIRE]
Detecting Stealth Dark Matter Directly through Electromagnetic Polarizability
LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Evan Berkowitz, Richard C. Brower, Michael I. Buchoff, George T. Fleming, Xiao-Yong Jin, Joe Kiskis, Graham D. Kribs, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Chris Schroeder, Sergey Syritsyn, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg and Oliver Witzel
Physical Review Letters 115:171803 (2015, Editors' Suggestion) [arXiv:1503.04205, INSPIRE]
Testing the holographic principle using lattice simulations
Raghav G. Jha, Simon Catterall, David Schaich and Toby Wiseman
European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 175:08004 (2018) [arXiv:1710.06398, INSPIRE]
Phases of a strongly coupled four-fermion theory
David Schaich and Simon Catterall
European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 175:03004 (2018) [arXiv:1710.08137, INSPIRE]
Recent presentations [complete list, map]
Supersymmetric lattice field theories: Classical simulations and quantum opportunities, Workshop on High-energy Physics at Ultra-cold Temperatures, ECT* Trento, 12 June 2019
Lattice studies of maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills theories, University of Liverpool Theoretical Physics Seminar, 28 November 2018
Maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills on the lattice, Swansea University Theory Seminar, 23 November 2018]
Composite dark matter and the role of lattice field theory, University of Stavanger Physics Seminar, 1 November 2018
Lattice N=4 Supersymmetric Yang–Mills, Workshop on Quantum Gravity meets Lattice QFT, ECT* Trento, 5 September 2018
Progress and prospects of lattice supersymmetry, Lattice 2018, Michigan State University, 24 July 2018
Physics Out Of The Box: The Impact of Lattice Field Theory, University of Liverpool, 5 July 2018
Lattice studies of maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills theories, CERN Lattice Seminar, 7 June 2018
Physics Out Of The Box: Frontiers of Lattice Field Theory, Florida International University, 9 March 2018
Stealth dark matter and gravitational waves, Lattice 2019, Wuhan, China, 19 June 2019
Lower-dimensional lattice supersymmetry, University of Bern AEC Institute for Theoretical Physics lunch seminar, 22 March 2018
Phases of a strongly coupled four-fermion theory, Lattice 2017, Granada, Spain, 22 June 2017
Last modified 19 August 2019