Dr Katie Cole

Honorary Research Associate

Research areas

Nuclear Physics PEPT Cape Town

More about Katie Cole...


2002-2006 MPhys (Hons) Physics, UoM, UK.
2006-2007 MSc Nuclear Science and Technology (NTEC), ULiv, UK.
2007-2011 PhD Earth Science and Engineering, ICL, UK.
2011-2013 PDRA, Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery, ICL, UK.
2014-2016 PDRF, Physics, UCT, ZA.


Bubbles and foams are amazing! They have interesting and unusual properties that are prized in many applications, from crash resistance in cars to recovering precious minerals from ores.

My research focuses on using physics to explain the fundamental behavior of foams, froths, and other soft matter systems, particularly where it can enhance the efficiency of industrial processes and reduce the impact on the environment. A lot of my experimental research takes place at PEPT Cape Town which is a facility managed by the UCT Department of Physics at iThemba LABS.

Check out my profile on (Research Gate or Google Scholar.



Please get in touch if you are interested in starting a student project or collaboration. There are projects available for 3rd-year undergraduate, honours, MSc, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellowships.

  • Measuring turbulence in multiphase fluids such as flotation froths.
  • Following flow on the microscale and in simulated microgravity.
  • Developing fundamentally based models of bubble coalescence and topology in foams and froths.
  • Fabricating novel tracer particles for positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) and characterising their physical properties.

Please get in touch if you are interested in starting a student project or collaboration. There are projects available for 3rd-year undergraduate, honours, MSc, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellowships.

Current students:

Rorisang Sitoboli (PhD).

Thomas Dietel

Honorary Research Associate


I am an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cape Town. My research field is experimental heavy-ion physics, and I am a member of the ALICE Collaboration at CERN. I am the coordinator of the ALICE activities within the SA-CERN Programme and represent the South Africans group within the CERN collaboration.

I am working on the upgrade of the ALICE Detector that is scheduled for the upcoming Long Shutdown 2 of the Large Hadron Collider. The upgrade will allow ALICE to record and analyze 100 times more collisions. I am responsible for the data processing of the Transition Radiation Detector, which includes simulation, online data processing, and inclusion in the global reconstruction software.

My focus in data analysis is on photon measurements, with current projects in the reconstruction of neutral mesons via their decay into photons.

Before joining the University of Cape Town I worked as a post-doc at the University in Münster on the ALICE Transition-Radiation Detector and on photon analysis. Even earlier, I received a PhD from the University of Frankfurt/Main for my work on photon-jet correlations and the Level-3 Trigger within the STAR Experiment at Brookhaven National Lab's RHIC.

Cesareo Dominguez

Emeritus Professor


Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics. Senior Research Scholar.

Department of Physics, University of Cape Town

Research Area

Theoretical High Energy/Elementary Particle Physics. Quantum Chromodynamics Phenomenology. Determination of the fundamental parameters of QCD (quark masses, strong coupling, anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, etc.). Behaviour of matter (quark-gluon and hadronic) at high temperatures and in the presence of very strong magnetic fields. Neutron stars and Magnetars.

Details of publications may be found in: Inspire HEP or Google Scholar


Alejandro Ayala (Univ. of Mexico), Jose Bordes (Univ. of Valencia, Spain), Marcelo Loewe (Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Chile), Karl Schilcher (Univ. of Mainz, Germany), Jose Penarrocha (Univ. of Valencia, Spain), Alfredo Raya (Univ. of Michoacan, Mexico), Cristobal Rojas (Catholic Univ. of the North, Chile), Hubert Spiesberger (Univ, of Mainz, Germany), Cristian Villavicencio (Univ. of Chillan, Chile).

Postgraduate Students

Recent Graduates

  • Sebastian Bodenstein (PhD)
  • Mawande Lushozi (MSc)
  • Preshin Moodley (MSc)
  • Raoul Roentsch (MSc)
  • Bernard Willers (MSc).
  • Luis Hernandez (PhD)
  • Mawande Lushozi
  • Preshin Moodley

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Participate in vibrant and extremely productive international research collaboration on topics of current interest in both Physics and Astrophysics. Visit collaborators in Europe and South America to work on thesis projects for several weeks a year.

Roger Fearick

Honorary Research Associate

Research Areas

Nuclear Physics

Teaching 2015

I teach and do research at UCT

Classical Mechanics in the Physics Honours course.


I do research on nuclear physics at iThembs LABS.

Some recent publications:

  • List of publications.
  • Precision measurement of the 9.641 MeV, 3− state in 12C.

    Tz. Kokalova, M. Freer, Z. Buthelezi, J. Carter, R. W. Fearick, S. V. F¨ortsch, H. Fujita, R. Neveling, P. Papka, F. D. Smit, J. A. Swartz, and I. Usman.

    Phys. Rev. C 87 057307 (2013)

  • Cluster Structure of 12C and 11B.

    M. Freer, H. Fujita, Z. Buthelezi, J. Carter, R.W. Fearick, S.V. Fortsch, R. Neveling, S.M. Perez, P. Papka, F.D. Smit, J.A. Swartz, I. Usman, P.J. Haigh, N.I. Ashwood, T. Bloxham, N. Curtis, P. McEwan, H.G. Bohlen, T. Dorsch, Tz. Kokalova, Ch. Schulz, C. Wheldon.

    Nucl. Phys. A. 834 621c (2010).

  • Global investigation of the fine structure of the isoscalar giant quadrupole resonance.

    A. Shevchenko, O. Burda, J. Carter, G. R. J. Cooper, R. W. Fearick, S. V. Foertsch, H. Fujita, Y. Fujita, Y. Kalmykov, D. Lacroix, J. J. Lawrie, P. von Neumann-Cosel, R. Neveling, V. Yu. Ponomarev, A. Richter, E. Sideras-Haddad, F. D. Smit, and J. Wambach.

    Phys Rev C Vol. 79, 044305, (2009).

  • A model-based view of physics for computational activities in the introductory physics course.

    Andy Buffler, Seshini Pillay, Fred Lubben, and Roger Fearick.

    American Journal of Physics, 76, 431-437, (2008).

  • Real Time Global Tests of the ALICE High Level Trigger Data Transport Framework.

    Becker, B ., Chattopadhyay, S ., Cicalo, C ., Cleymans, J ., de Vaux, G ., Fearick, R. W ., Lindenstruth, V ., Richter, M ., Rohrich, D ., Staley, F.

    IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 0018-9499 55 703, (2008)

  • Analysis of fine structure in the nuclear continuum.

    A. Shevchenko, J. Carter, G.R.J. Cooper, R.W.Fearick, Y. Kalmykov, P. von Neumann-Cosel, V.Yu. Ponomarev, A. Richter, I. Usman and J. Wambach.

    Phys. Rev. C, 77, 024302 (2008).

  • Magnetic dipole strength and the $T=0$ proton-neutron residual interaction.

    R. W. Fearick, P. von Neumann-Cosel, A. Richter, S.J.Q. Robinson and L. Zamick.

    J. Phys Soc. Japan 75 094201 (2006)

  • Shell-model test of the rotational-model relation between static quadrupole moments Q($2_{1+}$),B(E2)s, and orbital M1 transitions.

    S.J.Q. Robinson, A. Escuderos, L. Zamick, P. von Neumann-Cosel, A. Richter, R.W. Fearick.

    Phys. Rev C. 73 037306 (2006)

Zina Ndabeni

Research Officer

Steve Peterson

Associate Professor and Head of Department

Research areas

Nuclear Physics


MA PhD Wisconsin

Curriculum vitae

Research Areas:

Applied Physics

I am a member of the Applied Physics Research Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Cape Town. My research interests include investigation of the prompt gamma detection during proton therapy treatments and Monte Carlo simulations to improve and further develop the current methods in radiation therapy.

Heribert Weigert

Associate Professor - Director CTMP


Dipl Phys Dr rer nat habil Regensburg

Research areas

High Energy Physics


Myself - a short introduction

I am interested in QCD at high energies and densities as encountered in virtually all modern collider experiments, be it in the search for the Higgs particle or the Quark Gluon Plasma. My own field of research has centered on the Color Glass Condensate (CGC), a highly correlated state of predominantly gluons. Field theory and the JIMWLK equation are the main tools to describe the energy dependence of the CGC dominated contribution to experiments as conducted at BNL and CERN.

I am director of CTMP, a NITheP affiliate as well as a member of SA-CERN and UCT-CERN.


Student vacation projects:

Feynman diagrams for Ø4-theory using Mathematica and asymptote.
Diffusion on curved manifold: From Fokker Planck to Langevin via path integrals.

Honors, masters, and PhD projects:

The JIMWLK at NLO - cancellation patterns
Non equilibrium field theory: 2PI equilibration
Field theory in different vacua: Bogoljubov transformations


Conferences and workshops:

Hard Probes 2013: The 6th International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes of High-Energy Nuclear Collisions
(Nov 4-8, 2013)

Exploring QCD frontiers: from RHIC and LHC to EIC
(Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2012)

Jack de Wet Student Competition 2013:


The Centre of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the University of Cape Town announces the Jack de Wet Student Competition 2013. The competition is open to all science students currently enrolled at a South African University. The Department of Physics and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Cape Town sponsor the competition with R2000 to be awarded for the best and most elegant solution to a problem set by the prize committee (posterdetails).The winner will be invited to UCT for a presentation and and award ceremony.




4000nW Relativistic Quantum Mechanics:

Course outline(2011), lecture notes available to local students upon request.

1032S General physics - modern physics:

Lecture notes (2011) available to local students upon request.

Sahal Yacoob

Honorary Research Associate

Research areas

High-Energy Physics

I’m a lecturer of physics at the University of Cape Town, and a researcher in high energy particle physics working in the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN.

A short bio:

  • BSc (Hons) in physics from UCT (1999)
  • MSc in theoretical physics from UCT (2002)
  • PhD in experimental particle physics from Northwestern University (2010)
  • post-doc on the ATLAS experiment with University of the Witwatersrand (2010-2012)
  • lecturer in physics at University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012-2015)
  • lecturer in physics at UCT since 2015
  • member of the South African Young Academy of Science