Guy Moore's Homepage

I am a full (W3) professor in the Institut für Kernphysik of the Technische Universität Darmstadt, hired in 2015:

Guy D. Moore
Institut für Kernphysik
T. U. Darmstadt
Schlossgartenstraße 2, S02/11
D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany

Office number 303

+49 - (0)6151-16-21567

guydmoore at gmail dot com

Previous to arriving at the TU, I was at

McGill University , 2002-2015 [assistant, associate, and full professor]
University of Washington, 1999-2002 [Postdoc]
McGill University, 1997-1999 [Postdoc]
Princeton University, 1992-1997 [Grad. Student]
Harvey Mudd College, 1988-1992 [Undergrad]
Thompson Valley High School, 1985-1988 [High-school student]
Junior High, Grade School, Preschool, In Utero....
For more complete details see my CV.


I am a theorist working at the boundary between nuclear physics (Kernphysik) and particle physics (Teilchenphysik). My main interests are in nonabelian gauge theories, especially their many-body behavior out of equilibrium. Most of the current applications are in the theory of heavy ion collisions and of the early Universe. I also dabble sometimes in astroparticle physics, fundamental symmetries, and other problems where I spot an opportunity. Recently I have been interested in the QCD axion as a dark matter candidate, especially in establishing a prediction for the axion mass if it makes up all of the dark matter and its symmetry breaking occurs after inflation.

A fast way to see what I am up to is to look me up on INSPIRE. That gives you an up-to-date list of all of my papers, starting with the most recent, and including information about where they are published and whether they are well cited.

I once planned on writing a more detailed blurb about each area of my research. But so far I have never gotten around to it. So instead I will attach some of my more recent talks, which maybe give a flavor of what sort of work I am doing.

I will start out with some general-interest and colloquium level talks:

Talk about the axion and my attempts to pin down the relation between the axion mass and its dark matter density: Talks about the topological susceptibility of QCD and its treatment at high temperatures on the lattice: Talks about transport coefficients, for use in studying the hydrodynamics of QCD (mostly for heavy ion collisions) Talks about dynamics far from equilibrium -- some in classical field theory, some in quantum field theory Talks about hydrodynamics as a theory: Here is a collection of recent talks about other (mostly unrelated) things:

Actually there are a few topics where I did write a description of what I am up to: Lorentz violation constraints, electroweak baryogenesis. These notes are over 8 years old, and I am not active in either area at the moment.

Cliff and My Book

Cliff Burgess and I published a textbook with Cambridge University Press. You can read about the book on the Cambridge Press page and buy it at or

The original hard-cover version has several typos, so I am providing a list of errata, and a replacement version of Appendix C.

If you buy the soft-bound version, you will get our 2013 revised edition, which has some improvements; everything in the errata sheet is fixed, and the presentation is updated to include the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. I recommend it over getting the hard-bound edition (it is also cheaper).


Last modified: Thu 23 Jul 2015