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The origin of our universe: seeking links between fundamental physics and cosmology

Objective

This network will bring together the major European theoretical physics groups investigating the fundamental physics, which shaped our Universe. They have made important contributions across the whole spectrum of research in particle cosmology and astro-particle physics, from phenomenological issues concerning the genesis of matter and radiation, dark matter and dark energy, to fundamental questions about the nature of space-time and of the Big Bang itself. This is an opportune time for such studies, given both the explosion of observational results on the cosmological and astrophysical front, as well as the key tests of theories of new physics beyond the Standard Model, which will be performed in forthcoming experiments within the lifetime of the network.

The key research tasks are to investigate:
1) the origin of baryons,
2) the origin of dark matter,
3) the origin of cosmic radiation,
4) the origin of cosmic structure,
5) the origin of dark energy, and
6) the origin of space-time.

The Participants have collaborated successfully in the past and trained many young researchers, and the present proposal is intended to continue and broaden these activities. The research to be performed is interdisciplinary and their expertise is complementary in this regard, spanning t he whole spectrum of the physics involved, from mathematical investigations of string/M-theory and quantum gravity to analyses of relevant observational and experimental data. The main emphasis will be on phenomenological models for dark matter and dark energy and cosmological processes such as baryogenesis, hot phase transitions, and inflation.

The main goal is to offer training and transfer of knowledge opportunities to young researchers in this rapidly progressing field. The Partners will appoint 552 pers on-months of early-stage and experienced researchers, and provide a focussed training programme based on existing programmes in the participating institutions, supplemented by annual schools & meetings.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/dark matter
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particle physics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/physical cosmology/big bang

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
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Funding Scheme

RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford
United Kingdom

Participants (15)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
Route De Meyrin
Geneva 23
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
Helsinki
INSTITUT DE FISICA D'ALTES ENERGIES
Spain
Address
Edifici Cn. Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona
Bellaterra, Barcelona
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi, 40
00044 Frascati
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Strand
London
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg University House
Lancaster
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz 1
Muenchen
NORDISK INSTITUT FOR TEORETISK FYSIK
Denmark
Address
Blegdamsvej 17
Kobenhavn
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN
Germany
Address
Regina-pacis-weg 3
Bonn
SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
South Korea
Address
San 56-1 Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu
Seoul
UNIVERSITE DE PARIS VII DENIS DIDEROT
France
Address
Place Jussieu 2
Paris
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhagen
UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA.
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupoli
Ioannina
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
Address
Krakowski Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa