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COSMOLOGY
& GRAVITATION
CONDENSED
MATTER
PARTICLE
PHYSICS
COMPLEX
SYSTEMS
QUANTUM
INFORMATION
QUANTUM
GRAVITY
QUANTUM
FOUNDATIONS
STRING
THEORY
8
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RESEARCH
SEEKING NEW ANSWERS TO
BIG QUESTIONS
What really happened at the Big Bang? What are the basic building blocks
of nature and what holds them together? Are space and time granular? Can
we harness the power of quantum mechanics to build quantum computers?
What accounts for the properties of materials – exactly how do electrons
flow in solids and what makes superconductors? What is causing the
accelerating expansion of the universe? Are there entirely new states of
matter and energy we have not yet discovered?
Answering questions like these does much more than satisfy our curiosity. It drives the science,
experiments, and technologies of tomorrow. Theoretical physics is perhaps the highest-impact,
lowest-cost area of basic research. Its discoveries have seeded innovations across fields from
mechanical engineering to wireless communication, and from electronics to power generation.
Radio, television, semiconductors, computers, cell phones, lasers, fibre optics, holography, the
Internet, GPS, solar cells, and diagnostic imaging – they are all rooted in breakthroughs made
by theoretical physicists.
At Perimeter, our goal is to make breakthroughs in our understanding of quantum theory and
spacetime, drawing on insights from the full spectrum of physics, from particles to the universe.
Perimeter’s eight research fields have been chosen strategically, to form a complementary
whole combining our most important insights into the basic laws governing the universe, from
subatomic scales, to the table-top scales of condensed matter systems, to the description of
the entire cosmos. The Institute’s choice of complementary disciplines is unique worldwide; its
emphasis on ambitious, unconstrained scientific enquiry has led to a vibrant, growing research
community.
COMPLEX
SYSTEMS
BY THE NUMBERS
In 2010-11, Perimeter’s
research community
included ...
15
full-time Faculty
14
Associate Faculty
27
Distinguished
Research Chairs
43
Postdoctoral
Researchers
24
PhD students
35
Masters students