Particle Physics And Relativity

Today's high-energy physics is the culmination of twenty-five centuries of search for an understanding of the ultimate nature of matter. The University of Toronto has one of Canada's most active groups in elementary particle physics and relativity.

Ongoing experimental programs, in association with the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics, include the ARGUS experiment at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg studying beauty quark production in electron-positron annihilations, the CDF experiment at Fermilab near Chicago studying very high energy proton-antiproton collisions, and the ZEUS experiment at DESY which is to study high energy electron-proton interactions.

The group is also a member of the ATLAS Collaboration, which is designing and constructing a general purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) being built in Geneva, Switzerland. One aim of this research is to discover the Higgs Boson that is thought to give particles their masses.

Members of the theory group have a wide range of interests. Research areas include quark model phenomenology, dynamical symmetry breaking and other aspects of gauge theories, and generalizations of general relativity and field theory to curved spacetimes. Cosmic strings, inflation, dark matter, galaxy formation and many other aspects of cosmology and astrophysics are studied by members of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

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Description of Research Interests

  • D.C. Bailey
  • J.R. Bond
  • B. Holdom
  • N. Kaiser
  • M. Luke
  • G.J. Luste
  • J.F. Martin
  • J.W. Moffat
  • P.J. O'Donnell
  • R.S. Orr
  • J.D. Prentice
  • P.K. Sinervo
  • S.D. Tremaine
  • W. Trischuk