Mr Joseph Davighi


  • 2016-present: PhD student in Theoretical Physics, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-16: Herchel-Smith Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 2014-15: MSci in Physics, University of Cambridge
  • 2011-14: BA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge


Joseph is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in the High Energy Physics research group. His current research interests are in BSM phenomenology, together with more formal topics in field theory.


In 2017, Joseph worked with musician Darren Bloom on his composition of "Five Brief Lessons on Physics", a piece for string quartet inspired by topics in theoretical physics. Bloom's composition, which was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, was premiered at the 2017 Cheltenham Music Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As part of the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival, Joseph co-presented the event "Collision", which explored the creation of "Five Brief Lessons on Physics" through an interactive lecture-recital, alongside Bloom and the Piatti string quartet.

Selected Publications

  • B. Allanach, J. Davighi, and S. Melville, "An Anomaly-free Atlas: charting the space of flavour-dependent gauged U(1) extensions of the Standard Model", JHEP 02 (2019) 082, arXiv:1812.04602
  • B. Allanach and J. Davighi, "Third Family Hypercharge Model for RK(*) and Aspects of the Fermion Mass Problem", JHEP 12 (2018) 075, arXiv:1809.01158
  • J. Davighi and B. Gripaios, "Topological terms in Composite Higgs Models", JHEP 11 (2018) 169, arXiv:1808.04154
  • J. Davighi and B. Gripaios, "Homological classification of topological terms in sigma models on homogeneous spaces", JHEP 09 (2018) 155, arXiv:1803.07585
  • J. Davighi and P. Harris, "Fractal based observables to probe jet substructure of quarks and gluons", Eur. Phys. J. C78 (2018) no.4, 334, arXiv:1703.00914
  • Y. Kaspi, J. Davighi, E. Galanti, and W. B. Hubbard, "The gravitational signature of atmospheric dynamics in giant planets: comparing the thermal wind approach with barotropic potential-surface methods", Icarus, Vol. 276, 170-181 (2016)