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The Elusives Enterprise: Asymmetries of the Invisible Universe

Objective

NEUTRINOS and DARK MATTER (DM) are the most abundant and also the most elusive building-blocks of nature because of their tenuous couplings to the ordinary matter we are made of. Each particle has a mirror image with identical mass and opposite charge: its antiparticle. What is the essential nature of particles and antiparticles? This is a most fundamental open question in science. The laws of physics are almost -but not quite- symmetric for particles and antiparticles, and this could explain why the universe is made of matter, i.e. why we are here. Tiny differences detected in visible matter are largely insufficient, while an asymmetric behaviour of neutrinos or of DM may be the seed. In turn, the unnaturally symmetric behaviour of strong interactions points to a new particle, the axion, also a superb DM candidate. For the first time, the connection between these asymmetries in the visible and invisible world will be addressed. Very timely, an ambitious experimental search of asymmetric behaviour has been launched on neutrinos, axions and other DM, and the Higgs, with imminent major breakthroughs. The path to understand the Universe and build the New Standard Model must confront this problem. The mission of Elusives ITN is to form the new generation of researchers to accomplish this task, focusing on phenomenology with the necessary link to experiment. This is the first transnational such program, exploiting the capital investment in new experiments and overcoming the fragmentation of the research effort. ELUSIVES ITN is uniquely placed for it: * World-leadership in all relevant areas; * Multidisciplinarity; * Key theorists and experimentalists; * Outstanding training record; * CERN, Fermilab, SuperKamiokande and ADMX partners; * World leading cutting-edge research-related industry; * Highest professional beneficiary dissemination; * Top-quality expertise from emerging countries; * Optimal gender balance with over 50% female international leaders as coordinators.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 455 479,80
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 438 126
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 144,32
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 144,32
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 413 121,60
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 265 226,76
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 602 143,08
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 144,32
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 144,32
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments