# Dr David Burton SFHEA

Senior Lecturer## Research Interests

I’m a theoretical physicist whose interests touch on applied mathematics and engineering. Research problems that lie at the intersections of different areas in science and technology greatly intrigue me. I’ve worked on many different topics throughout my career, most of which benefitted from my background in applied differential geometry and theoretical high-energy physics. My early efforts were in relativistic continuum mechanics and gravitational wave detection, and I later devoted my thoughts to gravitational Sagnac interferometry. I then returned to continuum mechanics for a while, working in collaboration with a software company (Orcina Ltd) on efficient modelling of the vortex-induced vibration of deep-sea marine risers. After that I became absorbed by laser and plasma physics, focussing on novel techniques for particle acceleration and non-linear phenomena that arise at the strongest electromagnetic field intensities. This work led to my current fascination with the opportunities that high-intensity lasers and laser-driven plasmas offer for exploring dark matter and fundamental questions in quantum physics.

## Current Teaching

I currently teach an undergraduate course in fluid dynamics. My teaching experience includes undergraduate courses on General Relativity, theoretical condensed matter physics (magnetism), applied differential geometry, analytical mechanics, and first-year mathematics for physicists (including vector calculus). I've supervised numerous different undergraduate research projects on a wide range of topics including gravitational waves, vortex dynamics, axion electrodynamics, and the properties of the quantum vacuum.

Selected Publications

Quantum backreaction in laser-driven plasma

Conroy, A., Fiedler, C., Noble, A., Burton, D. 23/06/2019 In: arxiv.org.

Journal article

Plasma-based wakefield accelerators as sources of axion-like particles

Burton, D.A., Noble, A. 28/03/2018 In: New Journal of Physics. 20, 9 p.

Journal article

Axionic suppression of plasma wakefield acceleration

Burton, D., Noble, A., Walton, T. 26/08/2016 In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 49, 16 p.

Journal article

Stern-Gerlach surfing in laser wakefield accelerators

Flood, S., Burton, D. 25/09/2015 In: Physics Letters A. 379, 36, p. 1966-1974. 9 p.

Journal article

Non-perturbative aspects of particle acceleration in non-linear electrodynamics

Burton, D., Flood, S., Wen, H. 17/04/2015 In: Journal of Mathematical Physics. 56, 11 p.

Journal article

On the entropy of radiation reaction

Burton, D., Noble, A. 7/03/2014 In: Physics Letters A. 378, 14-15, p. 1031-1035. 5 p.

Journal article

Aspects of electromagnetic radiation reaction in strong fields

Burton, D., Noble, A. 03/2014 In: Contemporary Physics. 55, 2, p. 110-121. 12 p.

Journal article

A kinetic model of radiating electrons

Noble, A., Gratus, J., Burton, D., Jaroszynski, D. 2013 In: Journal of Mathematical Physics. 54, 4, 8 p.

Journal article

Testing vacuum electrodynamics using "slow light" experiments

Flood, S.P., Burton, D.A. 2012 In: EPL. 100, 4 p.

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Born-Infeld axion-dilaton electrodynamics and electromagnetic confinement

Burton, D.A., Dereli, T., Tucker, R. 20/09/2011 In: Physics Letters B. 703, 4, p. 530-535. 6 p.

Journal article

A linear collision operator for relativistic plasmas.

Noble, A., Burton, D.A. 14/03/2011 In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 44, 14, p. 145502.

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Wake potentials and impedances of charged beams in gradually tapering structures

Burton, D.A., Christie, D.C., Smith, J.D.A., Tucker, R.W. 4/03/2011 In: Journal of Mathematical Physics. 52, 3, p. 032902. 30 p.

Journal article

Exploring Born-Infeld electrodynamics using plasmas.

Burton, D.A., Trines, R.M.G.M., Walton, T., Wen, H. 10/02/2011 In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 44, 9, 11 p.

Journal article

Longitudinal wave-breaking limits in a unified geometric model of relativistic warm plasmas

Burton, D.A., Noble, A. 19/02/2010 In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 43, 7, 19 p.

Journal article

Spinning particles in scalar-tensor gravity

Burton, D.A., Tucker, R.W., Wang, C. 28/04/2008 In: Physics Letters A. 372, 18, p. 3141-3144. 4 p.

Journal article

Twisted electromagnetic modes and Sagnac ring lasers

Burton, D.A., Noble, A., Tucker, R.W., Wiltshire, D.L. 21/03/2005 In: Classical and Quantum Gravity. 22, 6, p. 909-931. 23 p.

Journal article

On the stability of stay cables under light wind and rain conditions

Burton, D.A., Cao, D., Wang, C., Tucker, R. 6/01/2005 In: Journal of Sound and Vibration. 279, 1-2, p. 89-117. 29 p.

Journal article

All Publications

3rd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics

Participation in conference

HFLPI (High-Field Laser-Plasma Interaction)

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics 2019

Participation in conference

SPIE Optics+Optoelectronics 2019

Participation in conference

EPSRC (External organisation)

Membership of committee

LPHYS 2018

Participation in conference

EPSRC (External organisation)

Membership of committee

128th European Study Group with Industry

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

SPIE Optics+Optoelectronics 2017

Participation in conference

44th IOP Plasma Physics Conference

Participation in conference

EPSRC (External organisation)

Membership of committee

Blackpool Sixth-Form College

School Engagement

Physics Beyond Colliders

Participation in conference

118th European Study Group with Industry

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Axion-like particles: theory and experiment

Participation in conference

A journey through the quantum vacuum

Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

53rd Meeting of the Society for Natural Philosophy

Participation in conference

110th European Study Group with Industry

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Gravity - not just a good idea...

Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

A geometrical perspective on many-body theory and radiation reaction

Invited talk

Space Charge 2015

Participation in conference

A geometrical perspective on many-body theory and radiation reaction

Invited talk

RTG Colloquium

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

High-Power Lasers at the Forefront of Science and Technology

Participation in conference

Barrow Sixth Form College

School Engagement

Physics in Intense Fields

Participation in conference

Collective effects and the radiative self-force

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics 2013

Participation in conference

CLF Christmas Meeting 2012

Participation in conference

AGMP-8 (Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics)

Participation in conference

Barrow Sixth Form College

School Engagement

Winstanley College

School Engagement

St Mary's College

School Engagement

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics 2011

Participation in conference

Problems and Developments of Classical Electrodynamics

Participation in conference

MOPNET 3 (Matrix and Operator Pencil Network)

Participation in conference

Plasmas, Computation and Mathematics

Participation in conference

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics 2009

Participation in conference

Cardinal Newman College

School Engagement

Institute of Physics (External organisation)

Membership of committee

8th International Seminar on Geometry, Continua and Microstructure

Participation in conference

13th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop

Participation in conference

Geometric analysis of wave-breaking in relativistic warm plasmas

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Outstanding Reviewer on the Advisory Panel for Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 2017

Prize (including medals and awards)

Advisory Panel to the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

Appointment

Featured article in the Highlights of 2010 brochure of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

Other distinction

Featured article in the Highlights of 2011 brochure of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

Other distinction

Mathematical Physics

- Cockcroft Institute
- Mathematical Physics
- Quantum Technology Centre