Anton Ilderton

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

Anton works on particle physics and quantum field theory under the influence of external conditions. He is 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. He is especially interested in nonperturbative phenomena, such as Schwinger pair creation, the use of Schrödinger picture and lightfront methods.

Anton is a co-author of the Technical Design Report for the intense laser facility ELI-NP in Romania, and a co-author of the White Paper of the International LightCone Advisory Committee.

After completing his PhD in Durham, Anton held postdoc positions at University of Plymouth, Trinity College Dublin, Umeå University and Chalmers. Anton has won research grants, as P.I., from the Irish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Olle Engkvist Foundation. He rejoined University of Plymouth in 2016, having won a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, and in 2017 was appointed as a lecturer in theoretical physics.

Research Grants

PI on the Leverhulme Trust grant “Uncharted regimes of light-matter interactions” (2019-2021) with Tom Heinzl.

Co-PI on the EPSRC grant “Quantum phenomena in high-intensity laser-matter interactions” (2018-2020) with Ben King

Co-PI on the Royal Society Newton Mobility Award “New contributions for quantum electrodynamics in background fields” (2018-2020) with James Edwards.

Recent publications
Exact results for scattering on ultrashort plane wave backgrounds“, Phys.Rev. D100 (2019) 125018

Gluon helicity flip in a plane wave background”Tim Adamo and Anton Ilderton, JHEP 1906 (2019) 015

Note on the conjectured breakdown of QED perturbation theory in strong fields“,   Phys.Rev. D99 (2019) 085002

Screw-symmetric gravitional waves: a double copy of the vortex“, Phys.Lett. B782 (2018) 22-27