UNIFY - Unification of Fundamental Forces and Applications

Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Network.

The UNIFY exchange programme has two main scientific objective. One objective is to gain new insights on the quantum mechanical description of gravitational interactions, an outstanding fundamental problem in theoretical physics and of crucial importance to our understanding of the Universe and of the forces between its basic constituents. The other main objective is to explore recent developments in String Theory and Quantum Gravity in the fields of Cosmology, Black Hole Physics and Gauge Theory. The forthcoming years will bring unprecedented experimental discoveries in these fields of research, and are sure to call for new explanations and to shape our attempts to construct a unifying theory of all interactions. These huge costly experiments (LHC, gravitational wave detection, PLANCK) are driven by theory, and theory is essential for analysing and interpreting the vast data sets they produce. By creating an effective training platform, well connected to these efforts, UNIFY will play a major role in advancing EU research agendas in 'big science' projects that may lead to unprecedented insights into the fundamental workings of nature.

UNIFY strives to achieve its goals by setting a challenging exchange programme that involves world leading CNRS laboratories in Paris, Humboldt University and Albert Einstein Institute in Berlin, and the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and of Porto. The international partners that joined this collaboration are the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Waterloo, Canada), the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics (Stony Brook, USA) and Caltech (Pasadena, USA), and the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Tokyo, Japan). UNIFY institutions will organize a number of thematic work programmes to push our knowledge of the laws of nature bezond its current limits.

UNIFY also includes in its exchange programme a strong dimension on the training of the next generation of theoretical physicists, with the goal of establishing long lasting collaborations between its partners.

Principal investigators
Staudacher, Matthias Prof. Dr. (Details) (Mathematical Physics of Space, Time and Matter)

Europäische Union (EU) - HU als Beteiligte

Duration of project
Start date: 06/2011
End date: 05/2015

Research Areas
black hole physics, cosmology, Eichfeldtheorie, gauge theory, gravitational waves, Gravitationswellen, Kosmologie, LHC, PLANCK, Quantengravitation, quantum gravity, Schwarze Löcher, Stringtheorie, string theory

Last updated on 2022-09-09 at 01:07