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William E. V. Barker

William E. V. Barker

PhD student

~~ Areas of interest ~~

Gauge theories of gravity

Hamiltonian formulation of gravity

Horndeski theory

Cosmological tensions

Gravitational energy localisation

Room K34
Kavli Institute for Cosmology
Madingley Road

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB3 0HA
Office Phone: +44-(0)1223-337550


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Research Interests

My research is presently focused on the Hamiltonian structure of gravitational gauge theories, i.e. generalisations of Einstein's general relativity (GR) to include torsion, non-metricity and scale-invariance. The Hamiltonian formulation can further constrain such theories which are apparently ghost-free and causal.

My talk at the CfH conference covers some previous work from this year:

I have separate interests in the BBGKY hierarchy (though not in a gauge gravity context), cosmological tensions and neural networks.

I have previously worked on gravitational energy localisation and gravitoelectromagnetism in GR.


Relativity (Part II Physics)

Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology (Part III Physics)

Mathematics (Part IA Physics)

Key Publications

Mapping Poincaré gauge cosmology to Horndeski theory for emergent dark energy

  • Physical Review D in press.

Systematic study of background cosmology in unitary Poincaré gauge theories with application to emergent dark radiation and H0 tension

Static energetics in gravity

Other Publications

Rotation of inertial frames by angular momentum of matter and waves

Effects of the circularly polarized beam of linearized gravitational waves

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