High Energy Theory

The grand challenge of High Energy Theory is to develop a self-consistent description of all the microscopic laws of nature.

Along the way, we need answers to questions such as:

  • Is the fundamental structure of space and time continuous or discrete?
  • Is there a symmetry that allows us to generalize Einstein's "equivalence principle" to quantum mechanics?
  • Can our current models of High Energy Physics explain the origin of the Big Bang?
  • Can the fundamental constants of physics be predicted? Or are they thrown down by chance?

Research in High Energy Physics at Brown covers a range of topics from String Theory and M-theory to Black Hole Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, as well gauge theories, QCD, and other topics.

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