“…we choose to do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.” JFK
Current Research Interests
I am currently interested in the application of topology and differential geometry to problems in particle physics, QFT and QM more generally.
I am very keen to do outreach talks – contact me on the email address below if interested. Topics I am happy to talk about:
- Particle physics (of any sort but particularly The Standard Model and Beyond)
- Life as a PhD Student (see here for a sample)
- Deception and fakes in science and mathematics (see here for a sample; with slides here)
Short Academic Resume
Name: Joseph Smith (full: Joseph Stanley Smith)
Picture: On the right above
Year of Birth: 1996
Email: joe ‘dot’ s ‘dot’ smith ‘at’ hotmail ‘dot’ co ‘dot’ uk
- 2012-2014: York College (press release).
- A2 level
- Physics: A*
- Chemistry: A*
- Maths: A*
- Further Maths: A*
- Further Maths (Additional): A*
- AS level only
- Biology: A
- 2014-2018: Oxford University, Christ Church College.
- MMathPhys (with initial three years on MPhys): Distinction/First Class (double classification)
- 2018-present: Cambridge University, Robinson College
- PhD Candidate (Probationary) Physics (HEP Theory)
Prizes and Awards
Below is a list of the prizes and awards I have won. They are in roughly chronological order of when they where awarded with (…/…) dates given for the academic year which the prize relates.
- 2014: Principal’s Prize (York College)
- 2014/2015-2016/2017: Scholarships (Christ Church College, Oxford)
2015/2016: The Scott Prize for performance in the Physics Part A examination (Oxford University)
- 2016: Collections Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
- 2016/2017: The Scott Prize for best performance in the MPhys Part B examination (Oxford University)
- 2016/2017 (awarded 2018): Clifford Smith Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
- 2017/2018: Prize for the Best Results on the Oxford MMathPhys (Oxford University)
- 2018: Honorary Vice-Chancellor’s Award (Cambridge University)
- 2017/2018: Hooke Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
- “This prize is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate Member of the House [Christ Church College] who achieves the highest mark in the following Honour Schools collectively: Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Materials Science.”
- 2017/2018: Roach Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
- “This prize is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate across the following branches of Science: Mathematics, Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Materials Science and Biological Science. The most outstanding undergraduate will normally be the person placed proportionately highest in an appropriate Honour School (including in a joint School with Philosophy).”
Having only just started my PhD this list is currently very short – but it will hopefully get longer. Here is the teaching I have done/am doing (all currently at Cambridge University):
- 2018 Michaelmas: Demonstrator for part II TP1 (Department of Physics)
- Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, field theory, phase transitions and critical phenomena, propagators and causality.
- 2019 Lent: Supervisor for part III Gauge Field Theory (Department of Physics)
- Relativistic quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum fields, gauge field theories, renormalisation, BSM.
I am very passionate to share my knowledge with others and volunteer my time for outreach events whenever I can. Here are a few of the things I have done:
- Oxfords Hands on Science (OxHOS): I helped on the roadshow in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and sat on committee (Web Master) in the academic year 2016-2017.
- Open Days: I have helped at both Oxford Physics department and Christ Church College open days.
- Stargazing Oxford: I helped out at the Stargazing Oxford event in 2017.
- I have two YouTube channels: Versisty Notes and Siblings in Science. The first of these I have used for more high level physics. The second is more recent and contains discussions about science topics with my brother.
Here are a selection of talks I have done (some are less serious then others):
- Quantum Fluctuation Dissipation Theorems
- Topological Terms and Central Extensions
- The Standard Model of Particle Physics and Maybe Beyond
Below are a list of the courses I took on the oxford masters of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics course. (in no particular order)
- Quantum Field Theory
- Kinetic Theory
- Groups and Representations
- Topological Quantum Theory
- Introduction to Quantum Information
- Advanced Fluid Dynamics
- Soft Matter Physics
- Nonequilbrium Statistical Physics
- Conformal Field Theory
- Advanced Quantum Theory: Path Integrals and Many-Particle Physics
- Lattice Quantum Field Theory
- Renormalization Group
- Symbolic, Numerical and Graphical Scientific Programming
- Aspects of Beyond the Standard Model and Astroparticle Physics
On top of this I did an oral presentation entitled “Quantum Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorems”.
Mainly just for me but in case others are interested (all links external):
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