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Dr Patrick Bowman BSc (Hons), PhD

Senior Tutor

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 443 9754
    Location: 1.1, Bob Tindall Building
    Campus: Oteha Rohe


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - University of Adelaide (1996)
  • PhD - University of Adelaide (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Quantum Chromodynamics, Quantum Field Theory, Computational Physics

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Field Theory and String Theory (020602): Physical Sciences (020000): Quantum Physics (020600)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: How Hadrons keep their Quarks

The strong force is one of the four fundamental forces of nature; it binds protons and neutrons to form atomic nuclei, and is responsible for 98% of a person┬┐s mass. Protons and neutrons are just the most common members of a family of strongly interacting particles: the hadrons. This large family can be understood in terms of a small number of constituent particles called quarks, which are bound together in twos or threes. How does the strong force bind quarks, and why are they never alone? The restriction of quarks to bound-states is called confinement, and it is the central mystery of the strong force. According to the theory of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), quarks interact by exchanging another particle, called a gluon. This theory is mathematically elegant, but the equations are difficult to solve. How - and, indeed, if - Quantum Chromodynamics produces confinement.
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Date Range: 2007 - 2011

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Morten Piibeleht - PhD
    Dirac many-body and QED methods for atomic and nuclear systems
  • Peter Jeszenszki - PhD
    Accurate calculation of ultracold quantum gases with Full Configurational Interaction Quantum Monte Carlo method

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