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Physics

Theoretical Physics Research at Warwick is computationally intensive in Electronic Structure and Statistical Physics. Spin and charge density functional theory based computations are used to study problems ranging from metallic magnetism to the energetics of alloy formation, coupled to a range of international collaborations. National and international supercomputing facilities supplement computing resources at Warwick for this work. Exact numerical enumeration is also used in combination with finite size scaling to extrapolate from the quantum mechanics of small systems.

Statistical physics computation includes simulation of growth models such as Diffusion Limited Aggregation, and the study of general fractal structure through third and fourth order correlation functions. Fracture process are simulated dynamically, with phonon emission and the development of surface roughness as target problems to understand. In the area of Soft Condensed Matter, computational studies include simplified models of protein folding, the confirmations of membrane-bound proteins, kinetic modelling of biological clock mechanisms, and molecular simulation of liquid crystals.

The Space & Astrophysics Research Group uses High Performance Supercomputing for much of its research activity. Large scale numerical simulation studies probe plasma structure and dynamics, with application to wave-particle interactions, cometary and planetary magnetogspheres, astrophysical shocks and particle energization. Minimalist Avalanche model (Cellular Automata) are developed to understand Self-Organized Criticality in plasmas with application to solar flares, magnetospheric dynamics and laboratory plasma confinement systems. Nonlinear MHD wave processes are studied, including shock-capturing schemes, with application to the Solar corona and the solar wind. Fully immersive virtual reality is used to visualize complex datasets from both satellites and from numerical simulations.

The following individuals have research programmes which involve a substantial computational component.

CSC contact

Other Academic Staff

Prof. Mike Allen
Department of Physics
Centre for Scientific Computing
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL
Tel:- +44 (0)24 7657 4415
Fax:- +44 (0)24 7669 2016
e-Mail:- m.p.allen@warwick.ac.uk

Robin Ball
Nick d'Ambrumenil
Boris Mouzykantskii
Rudolf A Roemer
George Rowlands
Julie Staunton
Matthew Turner
Sandra Chapman
Tony Arber
Valery Nakariakov