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Director CHOI Kiwoon

Director CHOI Kiwoon

Professor Choi is the director of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe, established November 2013.
Professor Choi received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Seoul National University. In 1986 he did post-doc work at Harvard followed by working at Johns Hopkins in 1987, Carnegie-Mellon in 1988 and UC San Diego from 1990 to 1992. He has worked as a professor at KAIST since 1994 and in 2013 took on his role as a director at IBS.

Director REY Soo-Jong

Director REY Soo-Jong

Introduction
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Aiming to understand nature at the fundamental level and answer questions about the origin of the universe

  • - Investigating the origin of the universe through cosmic observations and particle physics experiments
  • - Understanding fundamental theoretical frameworks of physics
Main research activities : Particle Theory and Cosmology Group

The IBS Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe carries out research on particle physics and cosmology, which aims to understand nature at the most fundamental level and answer the questions about the origin of the universe.

The Standard Model of particle physics and Einstein's General Relativity provide an accurate description of almost all known physical phenomena over the scales from the subnuclear to the cosmic. However there are many reasons to believe that the Standard Model and General Relativity are not the final story, but merely a kind of approximation to a more fundamental theory. Astonishingly the most compelling reason comes from cosmic observations: the existence of dark matter and matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe, which can not be explained by the Standard Model. As another compelling reason, the naturalness argument for electroweak symmetry breaking in the Standard Model suggests a possibility of new physics at energy scales around TeV. The quest for unification and a theory of quantum gravity also lead us to speculate about more fundamental theoretical frameworks such as grand unification and string theory.

The prime theme of our research is new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, which can provide an answer to the following questions:

  • What is the dynamical origin of the electroweak symmetry breaking?
  • What would account for the hierarchical structure of the Standard Model parameters?
  • What is the nature of dark matter in the present universe?
  • What physics drives inflationary expansion in the early universe?
  • How to unify the fundamental forces of nature?

We are living in a very exciting era for particle physics and cosmology. What is the next fundamental theory that underlies the Standard Model of particle physics? We may be able to uncover it in the near future.

Main research activities : Fields, Gravity and Strings Group
  • What is the world made of?
  • How do the Universe and its constituents work?
  • What is the fundamental principles of inner-workings of the Universe?

Fields, Gravity & Strings Group (FGS) is a creative research hothouse of integrated fundamental science of matter, information and forces. In our group, we incessantly and vigorously strive to answer questions of "why"s, not just "how"s.

We aim at addressing "big open questions" about the Universe from Planck scale to Hubble scale, its fundamental laws from quantum to classical regime, its coded informations from black hole to cosmos, its evolution from birth to eternity, and its mysterious building blocks from strings to dark energy and dark matter. We strive to answer these outstanding questions by attracting talented expertises worldwide and practicing polymath collaborations in creativity-driven open campus environment. We will be the first of this sort in Korea and Asia, exemplifying how curiosity-driven research is to be carried out.

Organization

Organization

Main research results
  • Natural Inflation with Multiple Sub-Planckian Axions
    (Physical Review D, 2014)
  • String Theoretic QCD Axions in the Light of PLANCK and BICEP2
    (JHEP, 2014)
  • Diluting the Inflationary Axion Fluctuation by a Stronger QCD in the Early Universe
    (Physics Letters B, 2015)
Personnel
Personnel status
Total33
Gender29(Male), 4(Female)
Korean/ International26(Korean), 7(International)
Degree
Position

As of Dec. 2015

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