Royal Society University Research Fellowship success

Congratulations to Dr Andrew McLeod who has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and will be joining the School’s Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Fellowship scheme

The Royal Society University Research Fellowship scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career. It provides them with the opportunity and freedom to build an independent research career and pursue cutting-edge scientific research.

In addition to receiving the Fellowship, Dr McLeod has also been awarded enhanced research funds which will support an additional postdoctoral researcher for the duration of the grant. 

The mathematics behind scattering amplitudes 

Dr Andrew McLeod’s research focuses on the study of scattering amplitudes, which describe what happens when high-energy particles collide. He is particularly interested in understanding their mathematical structure, in order to develop more efficient ‘bootstrap’ methods for computing these functions directly from physical principles and knowledge of their mathematical properties. His research has given rise to some of the highest-order calculations of scattering amplitudes in perturbation theory, and has led to the discovery of a number of surprising new symmetries and dualities. 

Andrew obtained his PhD from Stanford University, and has held postdoctoral positions at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and at CERN in Geneva. He will join the Higgs Centre in September.