## Stuart Dowker
Telephone:
0161-275-4193
Department of Physics and Astronomy The University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester England M13 9PL |

**Effects of nontrivial topology and geometry
on quantum theory. The Casimir effect. The Aharonov-Bohm effect. Finite
temperature quantum fields in curved spaces. Spectral Geometry.
**

**I don't think you want to read a lot of technical
details and so I shall save a lot of bother (for me) by not giving any.
I waste enough time writing grant applications for future research and
reports on past research. (When do I find time for present research, you
ask. Good question.) Suffice it to say that I aim to do what I like, and
that generally involves fiddling around trying to find exact solutions
for toy situations, preferably those involving pretty mathematics, mostly
of the late nineteenth century variety, although I have indulged in some
algebraic topology now and then. At the moment my time is taken up with
questions in spectral geometry such as `Can one hear the shape of a
drum?'
**

You could say that my work was mainly mathematical but I do try to give a passing nod to applications. The words `quantum cosmology', `early universe', `finite size effects' and `relevant' spring to mind. In the past, I have worked on the theory of higher-spin particles, functional integrals and the quantum mechanical ordering problem, exactness of the semi-classical approximation, compositeness conditions and on analytical properties of Feynman diagrams. My thesis concerned the absorption of negative K mesons by light nuclei, so you can see how far I have come. I try to keep a watching brief on all these topics, which resurface from time to time and still interest me. If you want to know more, then you can get a much better idea by looking at some of my publications. You have to do some work!

**Some are on the SLAC-SPIRES
database.
Recent preprints on Los
Alamos
archives hep-th, gr-qc.
References to my work can be found on the BIDS
system.**