Theoretical and Computational Physics

Research in theoretical physics at UCD spans many subject areas, including condensed matter, quantum theory, nano-bio, nanoelectronics, and particle physics. Computational physics, whether calculations or simulations, forms a key part of modern research. Indeed, experiment and theory advance complimentary aspects of our understanding of the complexity of the natural world. Computational studies make the link between new theoretical concepts, and experimental observations of new phenomena.

Professor Hans-Benjamin Braun

Nanoscale Magnetism, Spintronics, Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, Spin Currents, Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena, Geometric Quantum Phases, Solitons, Chirality, Statistical Mechanics and Phase Transitions, Neutron Scattering and Magnetism

 Hans-Benjamin Braun

Theoretical and computational nanoscience, biophysics and chemical physics, Statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics of biomolecular systems, Structural bioinformatics/ cheminformatics, Multi-scale modeling of biomolecules and complex fluids

 Vio Buchete

Theoretical Astrophysics. Particle transport and acceleration in astrophysical plasmas. Application to cosmic explosions; supernovae, gamma ray bursts and microquasars

 Peter Duffy

Dr Vladimir Lobaskin

Theory and computer simulation of nanostructured biosystems: nanoparticles, proteins, membranes, block-copolymer self assembly, microfluidics; collective motion, social physics, and dynamic self-organisation.

 Vladimir Lobaskin

Theoretical nanoelectronics, quantum condensed matter physics, tompological quantum matter, single-molecule electronics, quantum dots.



Statistical mechanics: advanced methods in molecular simulation applied mainly to problems in ITC and advanced materials, non-adiabatic quantum dynamics, chaotic dynamics.


 Donal Mac Kernan