The Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology – CP³-Origins
has been established by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and opened on the 1st of September 2009 at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. CP³-Origins is initially funded by the DNRF for a duration of five years and will then be evaluated for a possible extension of five extra years.
The centre is also supported from other sources, including the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Lundbeck Foundation, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the European Commission, Nordforsk, and the Danish Centre for Super Computing.
Mankind’s greatest achievements have come from the curiosity to know how the world works. Everything we see and even things we do not see are combinations of a handful of elementary particles. We live in a particle universe. Current explorations of the innermost structure of nature are leading to unprecedented heights in scientific discovery, invention and technological advancement. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the most ambitious scientific experiment in the world is setting the agenda for particle physics for, at least, the next decade. It accelerates two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 27km underground tunnel, until they reach almost the speed of light. The particles are then be collided creating energies higher than ever before.
We aim to exploit experimental results, supercomputers and our theoretical expertise to make the next big leap in particle physics:
Uncovering the Origin of Mass of all elementary particles.
We will also contribute in other equally relevant quests: understanding the phase diagram of strongly interacting theories and the origin of bright and dark matter in the universe.
Our current understanding of nature fails to explain the origin of dark matter or why matter dominates over antimatter, i.e. why there is something rather than nothing in the universe. The origin of mass problem is intimately connected to these fundamental questions, making it a central problem in physics. Recently our centre has begun also a vigorous effort to understand the origins of the Universe by expanding the cosmology research group.
To insure the maximum Nordic and international impact we have formed an international advisory board constituted by:
- Paul Hoyer, University of Helsinki, Finland. Chair of the Board
- Lars Bergström, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
- Stanley J. Brodsky, Stanford University and SLAC Laboratory, USA
- Paolo Di Vecchia, NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Michelangelo Mangano, CERN, Geneva Switzerland.
- Torbjörn Sjöstrand. University of Lund, Sweden.
The role of the board is to advertise the activities of the centre, promote its initiatives, advise on and facilitate the recruitment of the best possible scientist at CP³-Origins. Professor Hoyer will help the director in coordinating the board’s activities.
CP³-Origins is designed to have a multidisciplinary focus. The disciplines of advanced mathematics, computer science and particle physics will be the research fields which will synergize at the centre.