Center for Fundamental Theory(순수물리이론 연구단)232

The IBS Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU) carries out research on particle physics and cosmology, which aims to understand nature at the most fundamental level and answer the big questions about the origin of the universe.


The prime theme of our research is new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, which can provide an answer to the following fundamental questions:

- What is the dynamical origin of electroweak symmetry breaking?

- What is the nature of dark matter?

- What is the origin of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe?

- What physics drives inflationary expansion in the early universe?

- What would account for the hierarchical structure of the Standard Model parameters?

- How to unify the fundamental forces of nature?

- How to reconcile gravity with quantum mechanics?


We are living in a very exciting era for particle physics and cosmology. What is the next fundamental theory that underlies the Standard Model of particle physics? We may be able to uncover it in the near future.

Website: http://ctpu.ibs.re.kr

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