Theoretical and computational physics underpins most of modern research in physical sciences. The purpose of the Department of Theoretical Physics is to provide a platform for theoretical and computational physicists across various disciplines to exchange about theoretical concepts and tools, while fostering deep connections with other Departments and Schools. Its missions are to:
- Conduct formal research in theoretical and mathematical physics
- Develop modelling of complex systems using supercomputers and visualisation
- Provide guidance and support to experimental programs
- Enhance theoretical physics impact on our society through education and outreach
The Department performs research at the highest international levels in theoretical and computational physics, pushing the boundaries of modern physics in areas such as quantum field theory, the quantum many-body problem, and nonlinear systems such as self-preserving energy systems and their extension to more complex dissipative self-organising behavioural dynamics.
The Department actively contributes to education through teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mathematics and Physics. It is also responsible for the organisation of the annual Canberra International Physics Summer School.