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" To explore the fundamental laws of the Universe ! "

Director : CHOI Kiwoon

Director CHOI Kiwoon, a former professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), is a scholar in the field of theoretical particle physics.
Director Choi newIn recognition of achievement, was named the “Thomson Citation Laureate” byThomson Scientific in 2007, and the “National Distinguished Scholar” by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development andKorea Research Foundation. In 2011, he was also given the “Korea Science Award” by the Ministry of cience, ICT and Future Planning and National Research Foundation of Korea.

Research Area
  • Theoretical study of particle physics and the early Universe
  • Model building for new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics
  • Collider physics and low energy rare processes predicted by new physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Cosmology associated with dark matter, cosmic inflation, and exotic particles such as string moduli, axion, gravitinos
  • Dynamical symmetry breaking and low energy hadron physics
  • String phenomenology
Introduction of Research Center

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.

Faculty
Faculty
Name Position Phone E-mail
CHOI Kiwoon Director +82-42-878-8400 kchoi@ibs.re.kr More
Kenji KADOTA Research Fellow +82-42-878-8414 kadota@ibs.re.kr More
Research

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