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UNIFICATION IN THE LHC ERA

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.
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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)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 295 380,70

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 398 931,50

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 217 790,70

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 387 225,20

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

EU Contribution

€ 209 749,40

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 201 105,70

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 296 554,90

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 551,50

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 321 153,20

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 171 466

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 459 712

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 237920

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 673 966,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 673 966,60

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE

France