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Research teams

The CPT is composed of 8 teams divided into 3 groups.

    Group “Fundamental Interactions”

  • Particle Physics

    In connection with particle physics experiments and dark matter searches, we test the limits of the Standard Model and explore models of new fundamental physics that could explain some of its shortcomings.

  • Geometry, Physics, and Symmetries

    Our activities are centered on the mathematical description of physical laws, in particular fundamental interactions. They lead to the emergence of new mathematical structures needing a dedicated study or to direct physical applications.

  • Cosmology

    We study the large-scale structure of spacetime. Our activities concern the interpretation of enigmatic phenomena such as the acceleration of the expansion of the universe (dark energy problem) or the anomalies in the dynamics and clustering of matter in the universe (dark matter problem).

  • Quantum Gravity

    Our team studies the quantum properties of gravity. Equivalently: the quantum aspects of time and space. It is leader in the Loop Quantum Gravity approach. This is applied to cosmology and black hole physics, searching for experimental signatures.

  • Group “Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter”

  • Statistical Physics and Complex Systems

    The team’s activities cover a broad spectrum of statistical physics, from the rigorous study of phase transitions to open quantum systems and to the study of complex networks and their interdisciplinary applications in epidemiology and webscience.

  • Nanophysics

    The nanophysics team activities are devoted to the theoretical study of quantum electronic transport (electronic or thermal current, and its fluctuations), in nanoscopic and mesoscopic systems: quantum dots, semiconducting nanowires, superconductors.

  • Group “Classical and Quantum Dynamical Systems”

  • Dynamical Systems: Theory and Applications

    The Dynamical System team works on the theory of nonlinear dynamics and chaos
    with some emphasis on transport and ergodic theory and mainly four specific
    applications : fusion plasma physics, biophysics, atomic and molecular
    physics, complex networks.

  • Quantum Dynamics and Spectral Analysis

    The research of the team Quantum Dynamics and Spectral Analysis focuses on development of mathematical methods with applications to problems in physics like properties of nanostructures, reconstruction in inverse problems or trend to equilibrium in kinetic theory.