Spencer Wheaton


Spencer Wheaton

Senior Lecturer

RW James 4T4
Office Phone: (021) 650-5991


  1. BSc (Hons) (UCT)
  2. MSc (UCT)
  3. PhD (UCT)

Research areas:

Physics Education Research

Projects Available!

The following projects are available to honours and MSc students. Generous funding at the MSc level is available to both South African and Foreign Nationals.

  1. Fluctuations in Heavy-Ion Collisions within Statistical-Thermal Models
  2. Monte-Carlo Particle Generator for the study of event-by-event fluctuations
  3. Boundary Effects in Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics
  4. Numerical Solutions of the Schrodinger Equation using Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics


Recent collaborators include:

Michael Hauer
Jean Cleymans
Peter Levai
Helmut Oeschler
Ingrid Kraus

Current Students

M. Hromnik (MSc) Radiation transport in discrete particulate systems

Past Students

T. Stranex (Hons) Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics as a General Method for Numerically Solving PDEs
I. von Glehn (Hons) Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics


Since 2002 I have co-authored 27 academic papers. Recent publications include:

  • S. Wheaton, J. Cleymans and M. Hauer, Comput. Phys. Commun. 180 (2009) 84.
  • J. Cleymans, G. Hamar, P. Levai and S. Wheaton, hep-ph/0812.1471.
  • J. Cleymans, R. Sahoo, D.P. Mahapatra, D.K. Srivastava and S. Wheaton, J. Phys. G 35 (2008) 104147.
  • J. Cleymans, R. Sahoo, D.K. Srivastava and S. Wheaton, Eur. Phys. J.ST 155 (2008) 13.
  • J. Cleymans, R. Sahoo, D.P. Mahapatra, D.K. Srivastava and S. Wheaton, Phys. Lett. B660 (2008) 172.
  • N. Armesto, (ed.) et al., J. Phys. G 35 (2008) 054001.
  • I. Kraus, J. Cleymans, H. Oeschler, K. Redlich and S. Wheaton, Phys. Rev. C76 (2007) 064903.