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  • Particle Physics

    The Berkeley particle physics (experiment and theory) program includes the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, the direct detection of dark matter, neutrino physics and astrophysics, physics beyond the standard model, extra dimensions, string theory, and many aspects of particle astrophysics.

    Recent discoveries relevant to the field include the Higgs Boson, neutrino mass, and the astrophysical discovery of dark matter and dark energy. Open questions include the origin of particle masses, the nature of dark matter, and the role leptons, particularly neutrinos, play in the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe.

    The Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics is a major center for the study of dark matter phenomenology, the applications of effective field theory, the construction of models of beyond-the-standard-model physics, extra dimensions, string theory, black hole thermodynamics, mathematical physics, and the intriguing question of whether our universe is part of a multiverse.

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