Mathematical physics group
The Department has a long history of excellence in the field of mathematical physics beginning in the early 1970s with the pioneering work of Emeritus Professor R J Baxter. The mathematical physics group received a rating of 5 in the ARC 2010 Excellence in Research Evaluation. This rating is characterised by evidence of outstanding performance well above world standard.
The current interests of the mathematical physics group, which spans the Department of Theoretical Physics and the Mathematical Sciences Institute, are primarily in the fields of exactly solved models in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory and in mathematical aspects of string theory and conformal field theory. The research goals of the Department involve building on its unique legacy to further develop fundamental research in these areas.