Research Areas

PRISMA provides a platform for a systematic and comprehensive study of fundamental interactions and their implications for the internal structure of luminous matter, the dark components of the Universe, and searches for “new physics”.

PRISMA covers four research areas: 

Research Area A: Fundamental Interactions

Symmetries and conservation laws determine the interactions between particles and the structures in which matter organizes itself. High precision tests of fundamental interactions and of symmetry breaking are performed on all energy and length scales – from ultra-cold neutrons to the highest energies accessible in particle and astroparticle physics.

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Research Area B: Origin of Mass and Physics Beyond the Standard Model

The physics of the Higgs boson and electroweak symmetry breaking, together with searches for new particles predicted by extensions of the Standard Model are central themes in large-scale international experiments.

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Research Area C: Structure of Matter

Precision measurements of low-energy observables and their theoretical interpretation play an increasingly important role in exploring the limits of the Standard Model. At PRISMA, we study low-energy processes in order to obtain insight into the internal structure of the nucleon and to explore properties of nuclear matter.

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Research Area D: Theoretical Concepts and Mathematical Foundations
The experimental research program of PRSIMA is supported by a strong programme in theoretical physics. Focus areas include effective field theories, lattice gauge theory, perturbative methods, quantum gravity, and topics of string theory and mathematical physics.  ...