Theory of Elementary Particles, Astroparticle Physics, and Phenomenology (TEPAPP) covers a broad area of research, including:• physics beyond the standard model
• astroparticle physics
• quantum theory of natural forces
The goal of theoretical particle physics is to attain a fundamental description of the laws of physics, the constituents of matter and their interactions. Physicists believe that the Standard Model (SM) of elementary particles must be part of a more fundamental theory of nature beyond the Standard Model.
The search for new physics is the major thrust of current research in particle physics. It inspires a broad range of experimental research using particle accelerators, astronomical instruments on Earth and in space, dedicated dark matter detectors, and neutrino detectors.
TEPAPP theoretical research makes direct contact with observations and experiments involving elementary particles. The areas of interest include particle phenomenology, astroparticle physics, dynamics of gauge theories and theoretical aspects of gravity and cosmology; in particular, the study of the dark matter in experiments, astrophysics and cosmology, the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe, the physics of high energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, the particle spectrum and long distance behavior of strong interaction in the Standard Model and of strongly coupled sectors in plausible high-energy extensions of the Standard Model.