- The HEPC lab studies the most profound objects: particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology. The research regime ranges from the Planck scale, where the Bigbang began/derived by quantum gravity, expanding to sizes of elementary particles, governed by the standard model (Fig 1), and to the cosmic large-scale structure, established by the standard cosmology (Fig 2).
- The questions to be addressed, but not restricted to, include neutrino mass, baryon asymmetry, dark matter, dark energy, cosmic inflation, anomalies in particle collisions (also in decays, oscillations) and properties.
- The hypotheses to be pursued consist of neutrino mass generation mechanisms, physical hierarchies, flavor physics/symmetry, charge quantization, strong CP, Peccei-Quinn symmetry, lepton/baryon numbers, R-parity, leptogenesis, grand/partial (gauge) unifications, supersymmetry, extradimension, bigbang cosmology, quantum gravity, and string.
Fig 1. (Source: CPEP) The standard model and unsolved questions
Fig 2. (Source: PDG) Evolution of the universe since the bigbang to present large-scale structure