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Professor Marika Taylor 

Professor of Theoretical Physics, Head of School

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Professor Marika Taylor is a Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of School within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Southampton

Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam

Research Fellowships in Cambridge and Utrecht

PhD, DAMTP, Cambridge

Part III Mathematics, University of Cambridge

MA Physics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Research interests

My research interests include all aspects of string theory, gravitational physics and quantum field theory. In recent years much of my work has been focused on holographic dualities and their implications. Holography relates gravitational theories to theories without gravity in one less dimension and represents a completely new understanding of both gravity and the dual non-gravitational theories. My work on holography encompasses both foundational issues (the holographic dictionary between gravity and gauge theory physics) and applications of holography to black hole physics, phenomenology and condensed matter systems.

On the foundational side, a primary goal in gravity/gauge theory dualities is to understand the precise holographic relationship between all gravity and gauge theory quantities. In a series of works I have established holographic dictionaries for spacetimes with various asymptotics, including those with running dilatons, Schrodinger geometries and Kaluza-Klein compactifications. More recently we have been exploring to what extent a fluid/gravity correspondence can be established for vacuum Einstein solutions.

Turning now to implications of holography, gravity/gauge theory dualities are profoundly important in understanding black hole physics. Together with Kostas Skenderis, I showed that holography supports the idea that black hole microstates can be described by horizon-free, non-singular (but generically stringy) geometries. The black hole microstate proposal has the potential to shed new light on longstanding issues in black hole physics, such as the information loss paradox.
Applied holography is becoming an interesting new tool for exploring strongly interacting systems, especially in condensed matter. My works on non-relativistic holography are very relevant for understanding cold atom systems and superconductors, and the methodology of Kaluza-Klein holography is being used to develop more sophisticated models of d-wave superconductors.

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Affiliate research group

String Theory and Holography

Research project(s)

General Relativity

Member of STAG research centre management group

Head of School

Fellow of Alan Turing Institute

Steering committee of STAG Research Centre

Leader of GenHET working group at CERN

Member of STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee

Member of Royal Society University Research Fellow Committee

Advisory panels for international research councils including VR in Sweden, DFF in Denmark and EU Horizon 2020

Review panel for STFC Scientific Computing Department

Editorial fellow of Scipost

External examiner for University of Nottingham Mathematical Physics programmes

Winner of Minerva Prize of Dutch Research Council FOM

Elected to the DJA section of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications

Member of the London Mathematical Society

Member of AcademiaNet (nominated by Dutch Research Council NWO)

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MATH3084 Integral Transform Methods

MATH6139 Advanced General Relativity

Professor Marika Taylor
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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