Brian Colquhoun

Postdoctoral Researcher in Tsukuba, Japan

Brian Colquhoun

Postdoctoral Researcher in Tsukuba, Japan

I am a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical particle physics at the the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. My research is focussed on the workings of the strong force, the theory of which is known as quantum chromodynamics (QCD). We can try to understand the equations that descibe QCD by placing them on a grid of space and time, then solving them numerically using powerful supercomputers. This is known sensibly as Lattice QCD.

Before moving to Japan in summer 2016 I was at the University of Glasgow in four capacities: first as an undergraduate where I graduated with a first class MSci in Physics in 2010; since the autumn of 2010 as a PhD student in the Particle Physics Theory group; a postdoctoral research assistant in the theory group during 2015; and since October 2015, an honorary research fellow.

Outside of physics I'm interested in various social issues, which is to say that I have various opinions of a rather liberal bent. I am interested in many other areas that intersect with scientific skepticism and evidence-based approaches to life, the universe and everything.

I play several instruments to a below par standard (guitar, ukulele, harmonica, banjo, drums, melodica, stylophone) and shamelessly have included a link to my music based home at the bottom there. I have one of those TV things that I sometimes use. My background is a photo of some of my records, and I'm invariably found with at least one book on the go.

I'm originally from a place called Kilwinning, in Ayrshire, which is in the south west of Scotland. In terms of cyber space location, my university website can be found via the link below.

  • Work
    • KEK
  • Education
    • University of Glasgow