P.hd in Condensed Matter and Statistical PhysicsTata Institute of Fundamental Research
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P.hd in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
It is essential in any research institute to have a group doing theoretical work, for the purpose of analyzing existing experiments, suggesting what experimenters should look for in the future, and predicting new results. Theoreticians also work to formulate a consistent mathematical picture of the fundamental laws of nature.
At the Institute some theoreticians study experimental results from the major particle accelerators and investigate theoretical models of the elementary particles and their interactions. Scientists have also been working on the properties of nucleons and the quarks within them, and the confining interactions among quarks.
New theories like "String Theory" which aim to unify all the basic interactions including the gravitational force, and exotic phenomena like the quantum behaviour of black holes, are being investigated. Even the foundations of quantum mechanics, now accepted as one of the centrepieces of physics, are under scrutiny to learn whether they can be modified to produce an improved theory.
Theorists working in condensed matter and statistical physics are investigating novel collective behaviour in a variety of systems with very many interacting constituents, examples of which range all the way from sandpiles to superconductors.