Center for Theoretical Physics


 


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:

  • Cosmology and the early universe
  • String theory
  • Phenomenology beyond the standard model
  • Probing the standard model
  • Quantum Field theory
  • Hadron structure and lattice QCD
  • Condensed matter physics of QCD
  • Quantum computing
  • Energy research
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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.

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2019 J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics Recipient

Nick Rodd becomes 3rd CTP student in 4 years to win APS Sakurai Dissertation Prize.

Nicholas Rodd

November 20, 2018


Evans, Barsotti and Harlow Win 2019 Breakthrough New Horizons Prize

Four other MIT researchers to receive New Horizons Prizes in math and physics; two alumni win Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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October 17, 2018


Center for Theoretical Physics Professors Earn DOE Quantum Information Science Awards

Professors Daniel Harlow, Aram Harrow, Hong Liu, and Jesse Thaler among the first recipients of new honor for advances in quantum understanding.

This illustration shows a multi-jet event recorded by the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider

October 12, 2018


School of Science Welcomes 10 Professors

New faculty join the departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

10 New School of Science Professors

September 19, 2018


Light From Ancient Quasars Helps Confirm Qantum Entanglement

Results are among the strongest evidence yet for “spooky action at a distance.”

The quasar dates back to less than one billion years after the big bang.The quasar dates back to less than one billion years after the big bang

August 19, 2018


Project to Elucidate the Structure of Atomic Nuclei at the Femtoscale

Laboratory for Nuclear Science project selected to explore machine learning for lattice quantum chromodynamics.

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July 6, 2018


3Q: Ernest Moniz on the Vatican climate dialogue

Professor emeritus and former U.S. energy secretary reflects on recent meeting with Pope Francis and energy and finance leaders.

Ernest Moniz

June 12, 2018


Center for Theoretical Physics Celebrates 50 Years

Symposium explores how novel ideas and experiments are advancing many areas of theoretical physics in newly interconnected ways.

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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...

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January 3, 2018