The theory group of KEK
The theory group of KEK started in 1971 when KEK was constructed as a national institute
for high energy accelarators. In 1997, the theory division of INS （Institute for Nuclear
Studies） of Tokyo University joined the theory group in KEK. In 2008, cosmophysics group
was established, and KEK Theory Center became one of the largest theory groups with
more than 20 permanent faculty members. In 2008, one of our members, Prof. Makoto
Kobayashi, won the nobel prize in physics.
In KEK Theory Center, we are investigating the physical laws in the universe, from
microscopic distance much shorter than the size of quarks to large distance of 13.8 billion light
years. The questions we quest include What is the fundamental structure of matter? What is
the universe made of? How did the universe begin? In order to answer these fundamental
questions, it is important that researchers in different backgrounds collaborate and work
together. Hence, in KEK, theoretical studies are widely pursued in collaborations among
scientists in the field of particle and nuclear physics, as well as closely related cosmophysics.
We also aim to enhance our activities through KEK Theory Center further more. In addition to our existing inter-university
research activities, we initiated new visitor programs and new research projects. In this way we strive to strengthenour
collaboration with our research community.
You can see seminars and research group information.