My main focus on Wikipedia is in physics, especially theoretical physics, having acquired a Masters in Theoretical Physics from Durham and a separate Masters in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge (Part III). I am especially interested in particle physics, quantum field theory, and lattice field theory. My current research focuses on figuring out certain astrophysical bounds for axion phenomenology and simultaneously on lattice QCD, focusing on electromagnetic corrections to meson decay amplitudes. I am set to start a DPhil at Oxford in the Particle Theory group in late 2022.
- Complete rewrites: Cluster decomposition, Correlation function, Effective action, Fermion doubling, Nielsen–Ninomiya theorem, Partition function, Peccei–Quinn theory, Staggered fermion, Strong CP problem, Theta vacuum, Wilson loop.
- Created articles: Dirac–Kähler equation, Polyakov loop, Wilson action.
- Sections written: Parity (physics)#Fixing the global symmetries.
- Many minor edits on other articles as well.
- Number of stubs unstubbed: 6.
- Articles written: 14.
- Classified hundreds of physics stubs.
Current and future work:
- Going through Volume I of Polchinski's String Theory.
- Rewrite, extend, and properly distinguish the lattice field theory, lattice gauge theory, and lattice QCD articles from each other. Will require a lot of research to figure out all details of what to include.
- Improve the articles on the 't Hooft operator.
- Merge the vacuum manifold article with the moduli (physics) page as they describe the same thing; also include topological aspects with respect to the Kibble mechanism.
- Articles to improve: phenomenology (physics).
- Articles to create: domain wall fermion, Ginsparg-Wilson equation, higher form symmetry, overlap fermion, twisted-mass fermion, Wilsonian effective action, Wilson fermion.
- Long term articles to create: chiral condensate, global symmetry, high energy physics (HEP), low dimensional QFT, superconformal QFT, supersymmetric QFT, zero dimensional QFT.
- Correctly classify all physics stubs.
Some of my developing Wikipedia philosophy and aims:
- I strongly adhere to the Wikipedia:Obscure does not mean not notable point of view; true especially for theoretical physics. If something comes from a paper with hundreds of citations that generated plenty of follow up research, it is notable. Speaking from experience, such articles are especially useful for physicists.
- Generally my articles are technical but with the aim of minimizing the number of equations used while maintaining accuracy. I only include minor derivations if they are key to explaining the topic at hand. I do sometimes include more lengthy constructions (which may at times seem like derivations but are not). For an example see the theta vacuum article I wrote, which includes a construction of that vacuum, which is imperative to grasping the subject at hand.
- The quantum field theory part of Wikipedia requires lots of improvement. Not a philosophy as much as just a goal of mine.
- I by far focus on quality over quantity: an average short-medium length article (such as the effective action article) will take 20-30 hours to research and write.
- My overall focus is so far to focus on the quantum-stubs (and other bad articles) and to get as much of them up to at least a Start or C class.