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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Professor Steve Thomas, B.Sc QMUL (physics) Ph.D KCL (maths)


Emeritus Professor in Theoretical Physics

Telephone: 020 7882 5767
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 231


I did my undergraduate degree in Physics at Queen Mary Univeristy of London and my Ph.D. in the departmemt of mathematics King's College London.

I undertook  postdoctoral reseach at QMUL, The University of Pennsylvania and CERN before returning to QMUL as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.




Currently I am one of the Module Organisers for the year 1 Lab course Scientific Measurement (SPA4103)  and the  for  the year 3 B.Sc. module Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry (SPA6325). In the past I have taught various modules including Mathematical Techniques 1, Mathematical Techniques 3, From Newton to Einstein, Electric and Magnetic Fields,  Quantum Mechanics B and Electromagnetic Theory.


Research Interests:

I am a member of the Centre for Research in String Theory. My past research interests has involved models of string/particle phenomenology and cosmology included topics such as non-abelian Dirac-Born-Infeld (DBI) theories of coincident D-branes and their application in models of inflationary cosmology; tachyon condensation in multiple unstable D-brane systems and defect formation; particle physics models based on ISS type metastable supersymmetry breaking. Currently my research has focused on high energy scattering in gravity/supergravity and string theories, in the so called eikonal approximation.

Examples of research funding:

  1. Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council: Berman, Brandhuber, Ramgoolam, Spence, Thomas. Rolling grant String theory, gauge theory and gravity (2006-2010), £249,800
  2. European Union, Framework 6, Marie Curie Training and Mobility of Researchers Grant, Superstrings, Theory Group, Department of Physics, Queen Mary, (2004-2008), €259,980 £162,000.
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