Richard Kenway

Photo of Professor R D Kenway, OBE, FRSE, FInstP, FLSW
Professor R D Kenway, OBE, FRSE, FInstP, FLSW

Professor R D Kenway, OBE, FRSE, FInstP, FLSW

Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics
Academic staff
James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB)
Room 4422

Richard is a member of the following School research institute, research group and research area:

Research interests

My research explores non-perturbative aspects of theories of elementary particles using computer simulation of lattice gauge theories, particularly the strong interactions of quarks and gluons described by Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).

I led UK participation in the QCDOC project to build three 10 teraflop/s computers to simulate QCD, jointly with the USA and Japan, and these machines operated successfully from 2004 to 2011. I am the principal investigator on grants for a follow-on project with IBM and Columbia University to build and exploit a 1 petaflop/s prototype BlueGene/Q computer, which was installed at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

My current research interest is electroweak symmetry breaking to try to understand whether a more fundamental explanation of the Higgs boson is possible. Specifically, I am investigating whether it is possible to construct the Standard Model by localising the gauge fields on a four-dimensional brane in five-dimensional space-time and connections with AdS-CFT duality.

Lagrangian Dynamics (level 10)

Richard has featured in the following recent School news stories:

Recent publications

  1. , , , , , , , , , , et al., Physical Review D
  2. and , Proceedings of Science
  3. , , and , Proceedings of Science, 2013, LATTICE 2013
  4. , , and , Physics Letters B, 724, 1-3, p. 133–137
  5. , , , , , , , , , et al., Computer Physics Communications, 183, 3, p. 520-529