Dr Joseph Conlon awarded ERC starting grant

14 June 2012

Dr Joseph Conlon has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study supersymmetry breaking directly in string theory.

Supersymmetry is a hypothetical symmetry of nature at very short distances. As supersymmetry is a broken symmetry, any phenomenological or cosmological applications of string theory require a good understanding of supersymmetry breaking. Current techniques for this involve an intermediate field theory step of 4-dimensional supergravity - the supersymmetry breaking formalism is field theoretic, and the string theory input is to match onto an appropriate 4d field theory.

This funding enables Dr Conlon to raise the state of the art by developing tools to calculate supersymmetry breaking directly in string theory.