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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.

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Our friend, Professor Shoucheng Zhang, passed away on December 1, 2018. This was a great loss for the entire physics community.  To honor Shoucheng and to celebrate his remarkable science and life, we are organizing a Memorial Workshop from May 2-4, 2019.

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.

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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 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...