Dr Anton Ilderton

Dr Anton Ilderton

Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Theoretical Physics


PhD in high energy physics, Centre for Particle Theory, Durham (2006)

C.Adv.S.M. (Part III Mathematics), Cambridge 2001

MA (Hons) Mathematics, Cambridge, 2000

Teaching interests

I teach on all years of the Plymouth degree; I currently teach linear algebra in the first year, ordinary differential equations in the second year, and quantum mechanics in the third year.

Research interests

Quantum field theory in external fields, nonperturbative pair production, high energy physics, lightfront quantisation, intense laser physics.

I work on particle physics and quantum field theory under the influence of external conditions. I am interested in how strong electromagnetic fields (as found in magnetars, in the collision point of particle colliders, and as may be produced by ultra-intense lasers) can be used to probe fundamental physics both within the standard model and beyond.

I am especially interested in nonperturbative phenomena, such as Schwinger pair creation, and also the use of Schrödinger picture and lightfront methods.

Grants & contracts

Marie Curie individual fellowship 2016-2017

EPSRC standard grant 2018-2020

Royal Society grant 2019

A full list of my publications is available at Google Scholar

Reports & invited lectures

2018: PhD course on "Strong Field QED", Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

2017: Lecturing at the ELI-NP summer school on intense laser physics, Romania.

2015: Lecturing at the ELI-NP summer school on intense laser physics, Romania.