Anthony Williams

Professor Anthony Williams

Professor - Associate Director - CSSM

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I have research interests in: theoretical, computational, and mathematical physics; complex and nonlinear systems; and advanced, high-performance, and grid computing. My research is primarily in the areas of theoretical particle and nuclear physics and computational physics.

Topics of special interest include:

- Understanding the nonperturbative behaviour of gauge theories
- Lattice gauge theory
- Testing fundamental symmetries
- Tests of the Standard Model
- Particle phenomenology
- Physics Beyond the Standard Model
- Supersymmetry (SUSY)
- Composite-Higgs models
- Dark Matter

I have research interests in: theoretical, computational, and mathematical physics; complex and nonlinear systems; and advanced, high-performance, and grid computing. My research is primarily in the areas of theoretical particle and nuclear physics and computational physics. 

Topics of special interest include: 

  • Understanding the nonperturbative behaviour of QCD and QED
  • Lattice gauge theory
  • Testing fundamental symmetries
  • Tests of the Standard Model
  • Particle phenomenology
  • Physics Beyond the Standard Model, including supersymmetry (SUSY) and composite Higgs models
  • Dark Matter
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2007 - 2011 Executive Director Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS)
    1993 Professor and Associate Director CSSM University of Adelaide
    1989 - 1993 Associate Professor Florida State University
    1986 - 1989 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Washington
    1984 - 1986 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2002 Fellowship Fellow of the American Physical Society United States
    2001 Award Boas Medal Australian Institute of Physics Australia
    1992 Fellowship Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1981 - 1984 Flinders University of South Australia Australia PhD
    1974 - 1980 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)(Honours)
    1974 - 1979 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Physics)(Honours)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Physics Beyond the Standard Model: Composite Higgs Models Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ethan Nicholas Carragher
    2018 Co-Supervisor Beyond the Standard Model Physics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas Dean Leerdam
    2017 Principal Supervisor Search for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Riley Richard Geoffrey Patrick
    2017 Co-Supervisor Physics beyond the standard model Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Edmund Xiang Lin Ting
    2016 Principal Supervisor Dark Matter Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andre Scaffidi
    2016 Principal Supervisor Neutrinos and Physics beyond the standard model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zachary Maxwell Matthews
    2015 Principal Supervisor Dark Matter in Extended Higgs Scenarios Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Filip Rajec
    2015 Principal Supervisor Composite Higgs Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Daniel Thomas Murnane
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Synchronisation on Non-compact Manifolds Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Louis Michel Ritchie
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Effect of Primordial Black Hole Hawking Radiation on the Cosmic Microwave Background Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Harry David Poulter
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Higgs Portal Dark Matter Models: From Collider, Indirect and Direct Searches to Electroweak Baryogenesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ankit Beniwal
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Collider Constraints Applied to Simplified Models of Dark Matter Fitted to the Fermi-LAT Gamma Ray Excess using Bayesian Techniques Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Guy Hamilton Pitman
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Aspects of E6 Inspired Supersymmetric Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dylan Harries
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor On the Detection of Dark Matter: Likelihoods and Limits on Spin-independent and Spin-dependent WIMP Couplings and the Implementation of Radiative Muon Decays in Dark Matter Analyses Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Andre Scaffidi
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Hadrons and Quarks in Dense Matter: From Nuclear Matter to Neutron Stars Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Daniel Leslie Whittenbury
    2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Quantum Computation and a Universal Quantum Computer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Antonio Lagana
    2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Gluonic Profile and Confining String in Static Mesons and Baryons at Finite Temperature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed El Bakry Mahmoud
    2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Quantum Computing, Quantum Games and Geometric Algebra Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Chappell
    2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Applications of the Octet Baryon Quark-Meson Coupling Model to Hybrid Stars Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jonathan Carroll
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Excitations of the Nucleon in Lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Selim Mahbub
    2005 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Lattice vs. Continuum: Landau Gauge Fixing and 't Hooft-Polyakov Monopoles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dhagash Mehta
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Meson Properties from Lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Hedditch
    2003 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Electomagnetic properties of baryons from lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sharada Boinepalli
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Baryon Spectroscopy from Lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ben Lasscock
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Gauge Fixing and BRST Formalism in Non-Abelian Gauge Theories Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marco Ghiotti
    2003 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Landau-gauge Green's Functions in Unquenched Lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Maria Parappilly
    2002 - 2003 Principal Supervisor Gauge Fixing, the Gribov Problem and BRST Symmetry Master of Science Master Full Time Mr Mark Stanford
    2000 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics with FLIC Overlap Fermions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Waseem Kamleh
    1999 - 2002 Principal Supervisor Baryon Spectroscopy with FLIC Fermions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf James Zanotti
    1998 - 2002 Principal Supervisor Improved Actions in Lattice QCD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Frederic Daniel Bonnet
    1997 - 2001 Principal Supervisor Investigation of Topology, Instantons, and the Nahm Transform in Lattice QCD using Highly Improved Operators Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sundance Bilson-Thompson
    1996 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Regularization and Renormalization of Non-Perturbative Quantum Electrodynamics via the Dyson-Schwinger Equations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tom Sizer
  • Position: Professor - Associate Director - CSSM
  • Phone: 83133546
  • Email: anthony.williams@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3551
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Physics, floor 1
  • Room: 1 26
  • Org Unit: Physics

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