Dr. Peter Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Astrophysics and Relativity (CfAR) in the School of Mathematical Sciences. He graduated with a degree in Mathematical Sciences from UCD in 2006, winning scholarships to Cambridge University to pursue a masters in Theoretical Physics (Part III of the Tripos). Having obtained a Distinction in Part III, he returned to UCD on an Irish Research Scholarship, completing his PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Adrian Ottewill. From 2011-2014, he held an assistant professorship at the School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin. He then moved to upstate New York where he was a Marie Curie research fellow at Cornell University. In 2016, he returned to Dublin, taking up his current position at DCU where he continues to teach mathematics and research in the area of black hole physics.
My research is mainly concerned with classical and quantumaspects of black holes. From a quantum perspective, I am interested inquantum field theory in curved spacetimes and the associatedtheory of semi-classical gravity. The most famous predictionof this approximation--and one of the most surprising and far-reachingpredictions of theoretical physics--is that black holes emitquantum thermal radiation, the so-called Hawking effect. Onthe classical front, I'm interested in the problem of motionin General Relativity including strong self-interactioneffects. This is particularly important for modeling binaryblack hole systems where one black hole is much larger thanthe other, a key astrophysical source ofgravitational waves being targeted by the EuropeanSpace Agency's eLISA mission.