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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.


Stanford physicist Shamit Kachru is a member of a new collaboration that aims to unravel the mystery of entangled quantum matter.
May 3 2019
Theoretical physicist Shamit Kachru and three of his graduate students talk about the social fabric behind their research, the cycle of confusion and discovery, and the sense of awe – or the cool factor – that drives them.
Dec 6 2018
Leonard Susskind has identified a possible quantum origin for the ever-growing volume of black holes.

Featured Videos

To most physicists, almost everything about evolution is puzzling.  What determines how much complexity can — and has — evolved?  Why is there so much biological diversity on all scales of differences?   How could evolution select for future “evolvability...
Nov 29 2018 | Condensed Matter
The Department of Physics at Stanford University hosted a special colloquium featuring Robert 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...