Research

Currently, my primary area of research is in the foundations of General Relativity and spacetime theories. My DPhil (PhD) thesis explores the dynamical origins of spacetime geometry across different theories.

My longer-term research plan focusses on the foundations of supersymmetry (SUSY). Despite its being a central component of most attempts to go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, SUSY has been almost completely ignored by philosophers of physics. The overarching goal of my project, therefore, is to demonstrate the conceptual and foundational fecundity of SUSY for philosophy, both on its own terms using classical and quantum field-theoretic models, and in the context of its role in string theory.

I also maintain research interests in the philosophy of science. In particular, my recent research has focussed on the possibility of a robust notion of non-empirical theory confirmation.

Here is a more detailed recent CV.

Peer-reviewed papers:
T. Menon, Algebraic fields and the dynamical approach to physical geometry, Philosophy of Science (forthcoming) [preprint available here.]
T. Menon, N. Linnemann and J. Read, Clocks and chronogeometry: Rotating spacetimes and the relativistic null hypothesis, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming) [preprint available here; corrected proof available here.]
T. Menon, Taking up superspace: The spacetime structure of supersymmetric field theory, Philosophy beyond spacetime, eds. Nick Huggett, Baptiste Le Bihan, Christian Wuthrich, OUP (forthcoming) (Winner of the 2016 Space and Time after Quantum Gravity essay prize) [preprint available here.]
Under review:
T. Menon, On the viability of the No Alternatives Argument [preprint available here.]
T. Menon and J. Read, The limitations of inertial frame spacetime functionalism [draft available on request]
In preparation:
T. Menon, A primer on supersymmetry for philosophers