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Peter Taylor

Assist. Prof

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T: Ext. 5389
E: Peter.Taylor@dcu.ie

Biography

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.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Vacuum polarization on topological black holes'
T. Morley, P. Taylor and E. Winstanley (2018) 'Vacuum polarization on topological black holes'. Classical and Quantum Gravity, [Details]
2018 'Foundations of the self-force problem in arbitrary dimensions'
A. I. Harte, P. Taylor and É. É. Flanagan (2018) 'Foundations of the self-force problem in arbitrary dimensions'. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 97 [Details]
2017 'Mode-sum prescription for vacuum polarization in black hole spacetimes in even dimensions'
Taylor, P;Breen, C (2017) 'Mode-sum prescription for vacuum polarization in black hole spacetimes in even dimensions'. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 96 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Mode-sum prescription for the vacuum polarization in odd dimensions'
Taylor, P;Breen, C (2016) 'Mode-sum prescription for the vacuum polarization in odd dimensions'. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 94 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Self-forces on static bodies in arbitrary dimensions'
Harte, AI;Flanagan, EE;Taylor, P (2016) 'Self-forces on static bodies in arbitrary dimensions'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 93 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Static self-forces in a five-dimensional black hole spacetime'
Taylor, P;Flanagan, EE (2015) 'Static self-forces in a five-dimensional black hole spacetime'. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 92 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Propagation of test particles and scalar fields on a class of wormhole space-times'
Taylor, P (2014) 'Propagation of test particles and scalar fields on a class of wormhole space-times'. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 90 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Self-force on an arbitrarily coupled static scalar particle in a wormhole space-time'
Taylor, P (2013) 'Self-force on an arbitrarily coupled static scalar particle in a wormhole space-time'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 87 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Quantum field theory on the Bertotti-Robinson space-time'
Ottewill, AC;Taylor, P (2012) 'Quantum field theory on the Bertotti-Robinson space-time'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 86 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Static Kerr Green's function in closed form and an analytic derivation of the self-force for a static scalar charge in Kerr space-time'
Ottewill, AC;Taylor, P (2012) 'Static Kerr Green's function in closed form and an analytic derivation of the self-force for a static scalar charge in Kerr space-time'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 86 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Renormalized vacuum polarization and stress tensor on the horizon of a Schwarzschild black hole threaded by a cosmic string'
Ottewill, AC;Taylor, P (2011) 'Renormalized vacuum polarization and stress tensor on the horizon of a Schwarzschild black hole threaded by a cosmic string'. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 28 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Vacuum polarization on the Schwarzschild metric threaded by a cosmic string'
Ottewill, AC;Taylor, P (2010) 'Vacuum polarization on the Schwarzschild metric threaded by a cosmic string'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 82 [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2001 BT Young Scientist of the Year BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, RDS
2000 Intel Excellence Award, BT Young Scientist Intel
2000 Communication Award, International Science and Engineering Fair Society for Technical Communication
2001 Third Place, EU Science Fair European Union Science Fair
2002 Entrance Scholarship UCD
2006 Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship Cambridge University
2006 EU Scholarship Cambridge University
2007 PhD Scholarship Irish Research Council
2014 Marie Curie-Sklodowska Global Research Fellowship Marie Curie Actions, Irish Research Council

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2006 UCD BSc Mathematical Sciences
2007 Cambridge University MASt (Part III of the Tripos) Theoretical Physics
2011 UCD PhD Black Hole Physics

Other Activities

  Description

Research Interests

My research is mainly concerned with classical and quantum
aspects of black holes. From a quantum perspective, I am interested in
quantum field theory in curved spacetimes and the associated
theory of semi-classical gravity. The most famous prediction
of this approximation--and one of the most surprising and far-reaching
predictions of theoretical physics--is that black holes emit
quantum thermal radiation, the so-called Hawking effect. On
the classical front, I'm interested in the problem of motion
in General Relativity including strong self-interaction
effects. This is particularly important for modeling binary
black hole systems where one black hole is much larger than
the other, a key astrophysical source of
gravitational waves being targeted by the European
Space Agency's eLISA mission.

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Does the self-force prevent time-travel through wormholes? Marie Curie-Sklodowska/ELEVATE Fellowship 20-JAN-14 - 20-JAN-17 Principal Investigator 260,598.00

Teaching Interests

Mathematics 
Mathematics Teacher Education (in particular Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Geometry and Calculus)
General Relativity, Differential Geometry and Quantum Field Theory

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Discrete Mathematics MS118Discrete Mathematics
2019 Description of 2019_MS237 MS237Subject of 2019_MS237
2019 Calculus for Teachers MS116Calculus for Teachers
2019 Geometry MS302Geometry