Professor Graham Shore


Graham Shore is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Swansea University in the U.K. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1974, where he was awarded the Tait Medal. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1978. He has held research positions at Harvard and Cornell Universities, the Universities of Bern and Geneva, Imperial College, London, and has spent seven years as a fellow and scientific associate at CERN, Geneva. He was Head of the Department of Physics at Swansea University from 2007 to 2012 and Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences. He has published over 80 papers on


Current research on Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetime builds on the insights from recent work with Tim Hollowood on photon propagation in quantum electrodynamics in strong gravitational fields. This revealed the existence of novel geometry-induced analytic structures in Green functions with far-reaching implications for the realisation of causality and unitarity in QFT. Future plans include the following: (i) extend this work to study geometric analyticity properties of scattering amplitudes in curved spacetime; (ii) exploit the symmetries inherited in the Penrose limit to study QFTs on AdS x S spacetimes; (iii) investigate the role of quantum loop effects on neutrino propagation as a possible mechanism for gravitational leptogenesis; (iv) study quantum instabilities in de Sitter space as a possible dynamical mechanism for suppression of the cosmological constant; (v) investigate spacetime scenarios where local QFT is expected to break down revealing the role of non-locality in quantum gravity, including black hole and de Sitter horizons, Planck energy scattering and near-singularity phenomena.

Other research areas include theoretical studies of renormalisation group flows in quantum field theory and the a-theorem; standard model and BSM physics, especially in the light of experimental developments at the LHC; and Lorentz, CPT and equivalence principle violating theories and their potential relevance to precision antimatter experiments at CERN.

For a full publication list, see this link.

quantum field theory, particle physics and gravity. He is perhaps best known for his work with Gabriele Veneziano on anomalous U(1) symmetry in gauge theories and its role in polarized QCD phenomenology, particularly deep-inelastic scattering and the `proton spin. He has also worked extensively on quantum field theory in curved spacetime, especially on curvature-induced symmetry breaking and the realization of causality, unitarity and analyticity in theories apparently exhibiting superluminal propagation. He has served on many research council panels in the U.K., and chaired the Education and Training committee of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2004-06, sitting on PPARC Council by invitation. He was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2011.