High energy physics
The section for theoretical physics has for a long time had a focus on particle physics phenomenology at CERN. There are currently research activities in the section that aims at finding signatures of new physics beyond the standard model in particle physics experiments.
In addition, more effort in the section has recently been aimed at understanding what the universe is made of. In particular, the particle nature of dark matter is a central research topic.
A part of the research activity is also focused on the study of certain aspects of string theories.