David Tong (physicist)

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David Tong is a professor of theoretical physics at DAMTP in Cambridge, a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] and joint recipient of the 2008 Adams Prize.[2] He was a postdoc at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics[3] and an adjunct professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).[4] He is currently also a Simons Investigator.[5] His main research interest is in quantum field theory.[4]

His most-cited paper, "DBI in the sky", provides a possible observational test of one mechanism for inflation in the very early universe.

He is also well known amongst his students for his very enthusiastic lecturing and comprehensive lecture notes for courses he has taught at the University of Cambridge (most notably the ones on quantum field theory).[6]


  • "Quantum Vortex Strings: A Review",
  • Alishahiha, Mohsen; Silverstein, Eva; Tong, David (2004). "DBI in the sky: Non-Gaussianity from inflation with a speed limit". Physical Review D. 70 (12): 123505. arXiv:hep-th/0404084. Bibcode:2004PhRvD..70l3505A. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.70.123505. S2CID 6632503.
  • Sakai, Norisuke; Tong, David (2005). "Monopoles, Vortices, Domain Walls and D-Branes: The Rules of Interaction". High Energy Physics – Theory. 2005 (3): 019. arXiv:hep-th/0501207. Bibcode:2005JHEP...03..019S. doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2005/03/019. S2CID 10464021.
  • "An Open-Closed String Duality in Field Theory?", Continuous Advances in QCD 2006, Editors M. Peloso, M. Shifman, World Scientific, 2007, ISBN 978-981-270-552-5


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