Current Research Areas
- Astroparticle Physics - This research is at the boundary between fundamental physics and astrophysics/cosmology, investigating the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe, the nature of the dark matter (and of dark energy), the generation of the primordial fluctuations which seeded large-scale structure, and the sources and propagation of high energy cosmic radiation - charged particles, gamma-rays and neutrinos.
- Biophysics - An exciting research area that is taking shape just these years lies at the interface of biology and physics. Here, methods and theory known from physics are used to explore mechanisms that work within the cell, at the deepest microbiological level. Our research spans several different subjects, including also biocomplexity.
- Condensed Matter & Quantum Devices - Some of the main themes currently under study include how to create, control, measure, and protect quantum coherence and entanglement in solid-state electronic devices. We are undertaking the dual challenge of building large controlled interacting quantum devices, such as solid-state qubits, nanowires and nanotubes, while simultaneously understanding their power.
- Neutrino Astrophysics - We aim at unveiling the nature of fascinating weakly interacting elementary particles, such as the neutrino, and at using them as probes of the engine behind the most energetic transients in our Universe.
- Particle Physics and Cosmology - The search for the most fundamental interactions of Nature probes the shortest distances ever reached. Right now, a major impact comes from the experimental front, in particular from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, but also from neutrino experiments, and, remarkably, from cosmology (read more about the Deep Space project here). The theory group at the NBIA explores all these frontiers and has a strong focus on modern amplitude calculations.
- Theoretical Astrophysics - Our research interests span a broad variety of topics in the area of astrophysical fluid and magnetohydro-dynamics. We are particularly interested in theoretical and numerical aspects of the physics of accretion flows around young stars and compact objects and their associated jets, the intracluster medium, and the early evolution of our solar system, as well as exoplanetary systems.
Quantum Computations - We are a new group starting up in the fall of 2014. Various topics of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation theory will be actively explored. The main themes include topological memories and topological computation, entanglement theory and cryptography. Due to the strongly interdisciplinary nature of the field, the group collaborates very closely with condensed matter theory and experiment (QDev), Quantum optics (QUANTOP), as well as with the Department of Mathematics.