Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

    About the group

    Mathematical and theoretical physics is the use of mathematics to solve physical problems. In its widest sense, mathematical and theoretical physics falls between two major disciplines. 

    As a special interest, member-driven group, we consider the development of interdisciplinary activity in branches of mathematical physics. This includes:

    • general relativity
    • quantum field theory
    • statistical mechanics

    What the group does

    We maintain a high profile for the subject with:

    • funding bodies
    • influential groups
    • the Institute of Physics 
    • the physics community

    Some areas of focus include:

    • graph theory
    • group theory
    • functional integration
    • solutions of non-linear equations
    • differential geometry and topology
    • functional analysis and measure theory

    Application of mathematics is particularly relevant to:

    • nuclear physics
    • statistical physics
    • classical dynamics
    • quantum computing
    • quantum field theory
    • other emerging areas
    • relativity and gravitation
    • physics of continuous media

    We collaborate with other groups and divisions in areas of common interest like:

    • computational physics
    • condensed matter physics
    • high energy particle physics

    We also have relationships with other organisations like the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. 

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