Andre Lukas

: Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

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Professor of Theoretical Physics

Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

University of Oxford

My main area of research is string- and M-theory. M-theory is the leading candidate for a fundamental unifying theory of all known forces in nature including gravity. Most of my work is concerned with the "phenomenology" of M-theory models, that is, with the task of relating M-theory to low-energy particle physics and early universe cosmology. Some of the problems I am currently interested in are heterotic model-building, algorithmic algebraic geometry, manifolds with G-structures, M-theory on manifolds with G2 holonomy, moduli stabilization and topology change in string cosmology. In the past I have been working on a wide range of topics including supergravity phenomenology, quantum cosmology, neutrino physics, M-theory phenomenology, brane-world models and string cosmology. For a list of my publications follow this link.


  1. From Oct 2008: Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

  2. 2004-2008: University Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

  3. 2000-2005: PPARC (now STFC) Advanced Fellow.

  4. 2000-2004: Member of faculty in Theoretical Physics at the University of Sussex.

  5. 1998-2000: Postdoctoral fellow in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford.

  6. 1996-1998: Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

  7. I received my PhD in 1995 at the Technical University of Munich and my diploma degree in 1991 at the University of Wuppertal.


Teaching 2021/22



  1. STRINGVACUA: A Mathematica package for studying vacuum configurations in string phenomenology

  1. Cicy three-fold list: A list of all complete intersection Calabi-Yau three-folds in products of projective spaces.

  2. Positive monad bundles on toric Calabi-Yau hypersurfaces (related to arXiv:1108.1031)

  3. Line bundle standard models (related to arXiv:1202.1757)

  4. Cicy four-fold list (related to arXiv:1303.1832)

Calabi-Yau and bundle data for string compactification

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Past teaching

  1. First year course on Vectors and Matrices

  2. MPhys option in Theoretical Physics, C6

  3. Final lecture of the particle physics option on String- and M-theory

  1. Graduate course on Group Theory

  2. Second year course on Mathematical Methods

Algorithmic Composition and Calabi-Yau manifolds

Calabi-Yau manifolds are difficult to visualize. If you want to know what they sound like brace yourself and listen to this...