Particle Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology
The main areas of research in particle physics relate to the microscopic constituents and their interactions that dominated the very early universe a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, 14 billion years ago. Research in cosmology studies the evolution of the Universe during this early stage until today, dominated by the presence of dark energy and dark matter. Research in astrophysics covers phenomena in the early and later Universe, ranging from objects like planets, galaxies, stars and gas to exotic objects like white dwarf stars, neutron stars, black holes and exploding stars, and their formation and evolution. Research carried out in astrophysics, cosmology, and astro-particle physics uses a combination of observations of photons, cosmic rays, neutrinos and gravitational waves with modern telescopes, advanced theory, and supercomputer simulations.
The departments, centers and sections mentioned below are examples of places where it would be possible to conduct research within the programme area. As is stated in the TALENT Guide for Applicants, applicants are to indicate the research department they see most fit to host their project.