Dr Tom Heinzl

Dr Tom Heinzl

Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics

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

  • Room 203, 2-5 Kirkby Place, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
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Member of subject group mathematics leading team

Member of workload coordination team
Exams coordinator



  • Diploma in Theoretical Physics (1988)
  • PhD in Theoretical Physics (1992)
  • Habilitation (DSc) in Theoretical Physics (1998)
Awards & Recognition

Professional membership

German Physical Society

Roles on external bodies

  • Peer reviewer for many international Physics journals
    • Annalen der Physik
    • Annals of Physics
    • European Physical Journal C
    • Europhysics Letters
    • Few Body Systems
    • High Power Lasers
    • JHEP
    • Journal of Physics A, B, G
    • Journal of Plasma Physics
    • Nature - Scientific Reports
    • Nature Physics
    • New Journal of Physics
    • Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A
    • Optics Letters
    • Physical Review A, D, E, X
    • Physical Review Letters
    • Physica Scripta
    • Physics Letters A, B
  • Referee for Research Councils and Funding Bodies
    • Austrian Foundation for the Promotion of Science 
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
    • French National Research Agency (ANR)
    • German Research Council (DFG) 
    • Humboldt Foundation, Germany
    • Helmholtz Society, Germany 
    • National Research Foundation, South Africa
    • The Royal Society, UK

Teaching interests

  • Theoretical Physics, in particular Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
  • Applied Mathematics for mathematicians, engineers and scientists
  • Statistical Methods

Research interests

  • Laser Particle Physics
  • Relativistic Laser Matter Interactions
  • Physics of Strong Interactions
  • (Light Cone) Quantum Field Theory
  • Gauge Theories

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

  • 10 physics diploma students (co-supervision, Germany)
  • 5 PhD students (co-supervision, Germany and France)
  • 2 PhD students, PU, 2010, 2013

Research groups

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)

For an updated list of my publications please follow the link to Google Scholar. Alternatively, check INSPIRE, the high energy physics information system. Publications since 1992 may be downloaded via these sites. 

Reports & invited lectures

39th Schladming Winter School "Methods of Quantization", Lectures on "Light-Cone Quantisation: Foundations and Applications", Schladming, Styria, 2000. Published as Springer Lecture Notes, Vol. 572.

Workshop on Lasers and Accelerators, STIAS, Stellenbosch, South Africa, January 2009, Lectures on "Strong-Field QED".

25th Chris Engelbrecht Summer School on "Nonlinear Phenomena in Quantum Field Theory", Stellenbosch, South Africa, January 2014, Lectures on Nonlinear QED.

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