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Constituents, Fundamental Forces and Symmetries of the Universe

Constituents, Fundamental Forces and Symmetries of the Universe

Objective

The network aims to gain further insights into the fundamental structure of the universe, namely its basic constituents, the forces mutually acting on them and the symmetries which underlie its theoretical description. We are planning to attack some of the main unsolved issues in gauge theories, supergravity theories, string theory and M-theory, where we hope to make substantial progress by combining and focusing the various expertise and research interests that are present in the participating teams. The research objectives will span the following range of topics: investigation of the basic constituents of string and M-theory, in particular the dynamics and stability problems of membranes and D-branes; the fundamental symmetries of M-theory and string theory; supergravity and gauge interactions; the derivation of the Standard Model of particle physics from string and M-theory compactifications; finally the relation between strings, branes, cosmology and black holes. The network brings together a large number of European groups that work on the forefront of developing a unified description of all matter and interactions. It combines the complementary expertise of several leading research groups in theoretical and mathematical particle physics in Europe in a very unique way. Therefore we regard ourselves not only as a network in one particular field, e.g. such as superstring theory, but our network shows a very high degree of multidisciplinarity, especially as regards the very close relation between modern mathematics and theoretical particle physics. It is the aim of our network to provide to our young researchers a stimulating and active research and training environment. The common training programme contains among other components the organization of schools and workshops specially adapted to young researchers and the creation of several working groups, which will ensure that all topics will be brought together in a coherent way.

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Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

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Participants (25)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH

Switzerland

GRONINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

INSTITUT DES HAUTES ETUDES SCIENTIFIQUE

France

INSTITUTE FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND NUCLEAR ENERGY OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NORDISK INSTITUT FOR TEORETISK FYSIK

Denmark

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT BONN

Germany

SCIENCE INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

Iceland

THE PROVOST FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN (HEREINAFTER CALLED TCD)

Ireland

THE UNIVERSITY EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE BARCELONA

Spain

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL

Switzerland

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF CRAIOVA

Romania

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Greece

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO BICOCCA

Italy

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 5104

  • Start date

    2 December 2004

  • End date

    2 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN