Luke Butcher

Theoretical Physicist and Sometimes Playwright

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me I'm currently an 1851 research fellow based at Edinburgh University. Previously, I held a research fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was a member of DAMTP, the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, and the Astrophysics Group of the Cavendish Lab.

Broadly speaking, my research explores the tangled relationship between gravity (curved spacetime) and energy. During my PhD I developed a new description of the energy carried by gravitational waves. More recently, I have been examining whether a feedback mechanism (where curved space induces negative energy in a quantum field, and this energy keeps the space curved) could stabilise a wormhole. A list of my publications is available for your perusal.

I spend some of my spare time writing plays. On an unrelated note, my Bacon number is 4.

Contact Details


Institute for Astronomy
The University of Edinburgh
Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill
Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
United Kingdom


lmb (at)