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Our research includes a strong focus on fundamental questions about the new physics underlying the Standard Models of particle physics, cosmology, and gravity; and the nature and applications of our basic frameworks (quantum field theory and string theory) for attacking these questions.   Our research also includes a major emphasis on the novel phenomena in condensed matter physics that emerge in systems with many degrees of freedom.

Spotlight

Dec 6 2018

Leonard Susskind, a pioneer of string theory, the holographic principle and other big physics ideas spanning the past half-century, has proposed a solution to an important puzzle about black holes.

Nov 19 2018

Sean Hartnoll offers insight on experiments suggesting that exotic superconducting materials share a “strange metal” state characterized by a quantum speed limit. 

Oct 17 2018

Stanford research scientist Aron Wall has been awarded a 2019 Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize for fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory and gravity.

Featured Videos

Nov 29 2018 | Condensed Matter
The Department of Physics at Stanford University hosted a special colloquium featuring Robert B. Laughlin, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Jul 15 2018 | Quantum Information
When Shannon formulated his groundbreaking theory of information in 1948, he did not know what to call its central quantity, a measure of uncertainty. It was von Neumann who recognized Shannon’s formula from statistical physics and suggested the name entropy. This was but the first in a...
May 8 2018 | Cosmology
None of us were consulted when the universe was created. And yet it is tempting to ask not only how the universe evolves, but also why, and could it be different? Our universe weighs more than 1050 tons. Could it be created “on the cheap”? Would it require a...