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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

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MATH6139 Advanced General Relativity

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

Room Number: 54/5019

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