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Research group on Twistor in USA.

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1
    Hello ladies and gentelmen.

    I am currently studying mathematics in middle-east, I want to study Twistor Theory in master. the problem is most of twistor specialists in UK(including Roger Penrose) and my scholarship allow me to choose only university in USA . I did quick search here are professors or schools that I found interested in twistor:

    Oxford University (the only university that has group on twistor http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/groups/mathematical-physics/research-areas/twistor-theory)

    2-Dr Maciej Dunajski
    University of Cambridge
    Theoretical High Energy Particle Physics Group(Centre for Mathematical Sciences)

    3-Stephen Huggett, Reader in Mathematical Physics, University of Plymouth

    -Christian Saemann Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University

    4-Bill Spence, current: Head of School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London

    5-Gabriele Travaglini School of Physics and Astronomy Queen Mary, University of London

    5-Mr Moritz F. Högner, Moritz is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics High Energy Physics research group. His current research interests are self-duality, twistor theory and integrability.

    Edward Witten(who combined twistor and string theory) : But seems near to impossible to be your advisor ("www.princeton.edu/physics/graduate-program/theses/theses-from-2005/P.Svrcekthesis.pdf" [Broken])

    So, Which school do you suggest to study twistor in usa?
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  3. Jan 24, 2013 #2
    Re: Redearch group on Twistor in USA.

    Twistor theory seems like an awfully narrow target. Perhaps, you should be open to studying related areas, and then doing twistor theory later, if you want. You could maybe look into Penn State. Penrose visits there sometimes and there are some very good quantum gravity people there.
  4. Jan 25, 2013 #3
    Re: Redearch group on Twistor in USA.

    That seems reasonable advice.

    Indeed :bugeye:,I didn't expect they have that excellent staff (Ashtekar for example), Thank you so much.

    Do you know any other hidden university who has really good staff in general relativity and differential geometry?
  5. Jan 25, 2013 #4
    Re: Redearch group on Twistor in USA.

    What do you mean by "twistor theory"? Like, what are some relevant papers?

    I'm not sure about the first people you mention, but twistors in the way Witten used them aren't a theory, they are a now commonly used tool, like spinors or vectors. In that sense, anyone working on scattering amplitudes, and many people working on Yang-Mills or AdS/CFT use them.

    Besides well known groups at say Princeton, UCLA, Brown, your best bet is to look at people who cited Witten's paper: http://arxiv.org/cits/hep-th/0312171 .

    Look at the more frequent authors and those are people working with twistors.
  6. Jan 28, 2013 #5
    Re: Redearch group on Twistor in USA.

    The topic got off a track a little bit.
    I mean the original twistor program, which is aim to unify Gravity with quantum, not using it as tool to calculate, the problem is as far as I know who works in Twistor program only in UK espically Twistor Group in Oxford(most of twistor discoveries done by them).

    helpful advice , thank you.
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