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Professor David Ian Jones 

Professor of Mathematical Physics

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Professor David Ian Jones is Professor of Mathematical Physics within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


MA Physics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Certificate for Advanced Study in Mathematics, University of Cambridge

PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Cardiff

Post-doctoral researcher, Mathematics, University of Southampton

Post-doctoral researcher, Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Pennsylvania State University

Reader, Mathematics, University of Southampton

Professor of Mathematical Physics, University of Southampton

Research interests

My research is focused on the astrophysics of compact objects, specifically neutron stars. These are ultra-dense stars, with a mass exceeding that of the Sun squeezed into a sphere of radius of about the size of a city. They have densities in excess of an atomic nucleus, they can rotate hundreds of times a second, have fantastically strong magnetic fields, and probably contains superfluid and superconducting components. In short, they provide ready-made laboratories for probing all sorts of extreme physics inaccessible to terrestrial experimenters. More detail can be found on my personal web page.

My research lies in figuring out how measurements of these objects made by astronomers can be used to shed light on all these exotic pieces of physics. I'm interested in observations from the radio, optical, X-ray and gamma ray bands, but am currently most excited about the prospect of detecting neutron stars using gravitational waves. I am a member of the world-wide gravitational wave detection effort that analyses data from the LIGO, VIRGO and GEO600 gravitational wave detectors, with the first ever detection of a gravitational wave hopefully coming soon.

In addition, I collaborate with theorists both here in Southampton and overseas, and am the UK representative on the Steering Committee of CompStar, a body funded by the European-Science Foundation to encourage collaboration between particles physicists, astronomers and the gravitational wave community.

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Affiliate research group

Relativistic Astrophysics

Research project(s)

General Relativity

Gravitational Waves

Neutron Stars


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MATH1007 - Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists

MATH6107 - Gravitational Waves

MATH2008 - Introduction to Applied Mathematics

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