The Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP) is a unified research and teaching center focused on fundamental physics. CTP activities range from string theory and cosmology at the highest energies down through unification and beyond-the-standard-model physics, through the standard model, to QCD, hadrons, quark matter, and nuclei at the low energy scale.
Members of the CTP are also currently working on quantum computation and on energy policy. The breadth and depth of research in nuclear, particle, string, and gravitational physics at the CTP makes it a unique environment for researchers in these fields.
In addition to the 15 MIT faculty members working in the CTP, at any one time there are roughly a dozen postdoctoral fellows, and as many, or more, long-term visitors working at the postdoctoral or faculty level. The CTP supports 25-35 MIT graduate students, who work with the faculty and postdocs on problems across the energy spectrum.
Research areas include:
Nick Rodd becomes 3rd CTP student in 4 years to win APS Sakurai Dissertation Prize.
November 20, 2018
Four other MIT researchers to receive New Horizons Prizes in math and physics; two alumni win Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
October 17, 2018
Professors Daniel Harlow, Aram Harrow, Hong Liu, and Jesse Thaler among the first recipients of new honor for advances in quantum understanding.
October 12, 2018
New faculty join the departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
September 19, 2018
Results are among the strongest evidence yet for “spooky action at a distance.”
August 19, 2018
Laboratory for Nuclear Science project selected to explore machine learning for lattice quantum chromodynamics.
July 6, 2018
Professor emeritus and former U.S. energy secretary reflects on recent meeting with Pope Francis and energy and finance leaders.
June 12, 2018
Machine Learning for Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics
February 27, 2018
Symposium explores how novel ideas and experiments are advancing many areas of theoretical physics in newly interconnected ways.
March 28, 2018
CTP Featured in MIT Spotlight Video: Scaffolding of the Universe (Watch the YouTube video)
In the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT, researchers develop ideas for describing the fundamental physical laws governing our universe...
January 3, 2018