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UNIFICATION IN THE LHC ERA

Objective

The main research theme of the proposed network is the theoretical interpretation of results coming from the LHC and other experimental and observational sources. The aim is to identify the physics Beyond the Standard Model of strong, weak and electromagnetic forces and ultimately to provide a fully unified description of the fundamental states of matter and their interactions. We will investigate the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking, the origin of masses and their hierarchies and the quantization of the gravitational interaction. The methodology is based on three main ingredients: symmetry, including supersymmetry and symmetries related to flavor, string unification and new space dimensions. The research objectives are: (a) probing the origin of mass at the LHC; (b) search for supersymmetry; (c) the physics of flavor in the LHC era; (d) exploring extra dimensions; (e) cosmological and astrophysical challenges for physics beyond the Standard Model; (f) string theory, string phenomenology and Quantum Gravity. The network will enhance the current collaboration amongst the participating European institutions, which already plays a leading role across the whole spectrum of the physics involved, from theoretical aspects of string theory to the phenomenological analysis of experimental data, and it will stimulate interdisciplinary interactions. The main network goal is to offer excellent initial training to young researchers. We plan to appoint 456 person-months of early-stage and 108 months of experienced researchers, and develop a training program both at the individual and network-wide level. The network is structured to develop the research and complementary skills of the young researchers, to ensure their mobility and to widen their career prospects. In this way, we intend to increase the pool of European researchers at the highest level of scientific excellence, and to make a significant contribution to the development of European fundamental research.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/string theory

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE
Address
Route De Saclay
91128 Palaiseau Cedex
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 483 345,80
Administrative Contact
Marie-Laure Thibous (Ms.)

Participants (11)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 295 380,70
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laure Sauboy (Ms.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 931,50
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Hasenpusch (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 217 790,70
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Besta (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 387 225,20
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luisa Iacono (Dr.)
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 209 749,40
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrej Michelcich (Mr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 201 105,70
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 296 554,90
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ana Amigo (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 551,50
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 321 153,20
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Clay (Ms.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 171 466
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Szczytko (Ms.)
EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 459 712
Address
Esplanade Des Particules 1 Parcelle 11482 De Meyrin Batiment Cadastral 1046
1211 Geneva 23
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Seamus Hegarty (Mr.)