David Skinner

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University of Cambridge

Areas of Research:

Research Interests

I am interested in mathematical aspects of quantum field theories, particularly their overlap with twistor theory and string theory. Recently, I have been exploring the rich geometric structures that are present in the scattering amplitudes of four dimensional gauge theory and gravity, especially when reformulated in twistor space.

Positions Held

  • 2011 - present Perimeter Institute Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2009 - 2011 Perimeter Institute Postdoctoral Researcher

Recent Publications

  • T. Adamo, M. Bullimore, L. Mason and D. Skinner, Scattering Amplitudes and Wilson Loops in Twistor Space J. Phys. A, Special Edition on Scattering Amplitudes [arXiv: 1104.2890]
  • T. Adamo, M. Bullimore, L. Mason and D. Skinner, A Proof of the Supersymmetric Correlation Function / Wilson Loop Correspondence JHEP 1108 (2011) 076 [arXiv: 1103.4119]
  • L. Mason and D. Skinner, Amplitudes as Polytopes in AdS_5 J. Phys. A A44 (2011) 135401 [arXiv: 1004.3498]
  • D. Skinner, A Direct Proof of BCFW Recursion for Twistor Strings JHEP 1101 (2011) 072 [arXiv: 1007.0195]
  • L. Mason and D. Skinner, The Complete Planar S-Matrix of N=4 SYM as a Wilson Loop in Twistor Space JHEP 1012 (2010) 018 [arXiv: 1009.2225]
  • M. Bullimore, L. Mason and D. Skinner, MHV Diagrams in Momentum Twistor Space JHEP 1012 (2010) 032 [arXiv: 1009.1854]
  • M. Bullimore, L. Mason, L. and D. Skinner, Twistor-Strings, Grassmannians and Leading Singularities JHEP 1003 (2010) 070 [arXiv: 0912.0539]
  • L. Mason, L. and D. Skinner, Dual Superconformal Invariance, Momentum Twistors and Grassmannians JHEP 0911 (2009) 045 [arXiv: 0909.0250]
  • L. Mason and D. Skinner, Scattering Amplitudes and BCFW Recursion in Twistor Space JHEP 1001 (2010) 064 [arXiv: 0903.2083]
  • L. Mason, L. and D. Skinner, Gravity, Twistors and the MHV Formalism Commun. Math. Phys. 294:827-862,2010 [arXiv: 0808.3907]
  • L. Mason, L. and D. Skinner, Heterotic Twistor-String Theory Nucl.Phys. B795 (2008) 105-137 [arXiv: 0708.2276]
  • R. Boels, L. Mason, and D. Skinner, From Twistor Actions to MHV Diagrams Phys.Lett. B648 (2007) 90-96 [hep-th/0702035]
  • R. Boels, L. Mason, and D. Skinner, Supersymmetric Gauge Theories in Twistor Space JHEP 0702 (2007) 014 [hep-th/0604040]
  • L. Mason, and D. Skinner, An Ambitwistor Yang-Mills Lagrangian Phys.Lett. B636 (2006) 60-67 [hep-th/0510262]
  • Gravity in Twistor Space and its Grassmannian Formulation, F. Cachazo, L. Mason and D. Skinner, [arXiv: 1207.4712]
  • Gravity from Rational Curves, F. Cachazo and D. Skinner, [arXiv: 1207.0741]
  • Descent Equations for Superamplitudes M. Bullimore and D. Skinner, [arXiv: 1112.1056]
  • Holomorphic Linking, Loop Equations and Scattering Amplitudes in Twistor Space M. Bullimore and D. Skinner, accepted by Comm. Math. Phys. [arXiv: 1101.1329]
  • On the structure of scattering amplitudes in N=4 super Yang-Mills and N=8 supergravity, F. Cachazo and D. Skinner, [arXiv: 0801.4574]

Seminars

  • Gravity in Twistor Space, The Geometry of Scattering Amplitudes Banff International Research Station
  • Wilson Loops in Twistor Space, 35 Years of N=4 SYM, Caltech
  • Dual Supersymmetry and Loop Amplitudes, Amplitudes 2011 Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Dual Supersymmetry and Loop Amplitudes, Princeton University
  • Scattering Amplitudes from Holomorphic Linking, LMS Meeting in honour of Roger Penrose's 80th birthday Oxford
  • Wilson Loops and Scattering Amplitudes in Twistor Space, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Scattering Amplitudes and Wilson Loops in Twistor Space, Cambridge University
  • Multi-Loop Wilson Loops, KITP, Santa Barbara
  • Holomorphic Linking, Loop Equations and Scattering Amplitudes in Twistor Space, Caltech
  • Holomorphic Linking, Loop Equations and Scattering in Twistor Space, IAS, Princeton
  • Supersymmetric Wilson Loops in Twistor Space ENS, Paris
  • An Introduction to Geometric Quantization, University of Waterloo
  • Twistors and Loop Amplitudes, Queen Mary, University of London
  • AdS and Scattering Amplitudes at Weak Coupling, IAS, Princeton
  • Twistor-Strings, Grassmannians and Leading Singularities, SLAC, Stanford
  • Dual Superconformal Invariance and Momentum Twistor Space, Brown University
  • Twistor-Strings and Leading Singularities, Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • PIRSA:11080052, Twistor Methods in N=4 SYM, 2011-08-18, Integrability in Gauge/String Theories
  • Wilson Loops in Twistor Space, 2010-09-16, Integrability in Scattering Amplitudes
  • PIRSA:10050043, Twistor-String Theory, 2010-05-09, Connections in Geometry and Physics 2010
  • PIRSA:07090052, Heterotic Twistor-String Theory, 2007-09-25, String Seminars