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The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics was established by the University of Edinburgh to seek answers to fundamental questions about the universe. We do this by creating opportunities for researchers and students from around the world to come together to formulate new theoretical concepts, taking us beyond the limitations of current paradigms.


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Cluster Crystals: from a theorist’s toy model to experimental realizationChristos LIKOS

Crystals are orderly states of matter in which particles with sizes ranging from sub-nanometer to micron are arranged in a periodic lattice. Crystalline solids epitomize the notion of rigidity, lying at the antipode of fluidity that is embodied by liquids. Accordingly, hybrid, exotic phases that combine crystallinity with (super-)fluidity ...
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB

This event is a Workshop.

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Biophysics of Topological Olympic Networks

Olympic gels are “mythological beasts” in soft matter and material science. Hypothesised by P.G. de Gennes in the 1980s by topologically interlinking ring-shaped polymers, they are extremely challenging to synthesise chemically. Recently, physicists realised that Olympic gels existed in nature for millions of years. Discovered in the 1970s by ...
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Testing gravity with relativistic effects in large-scale structureCamille BONVIN

The distribution of galaxies is a power tool to test our cosmological model. In this talk I will discuss the different contributions that affect the observed distribution of galaxies. I will show that besides the standard density and redshift-space distortions, the number counts of galaxies is affected by gravitational lensing ...

This event is a Outreach Event.

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The Discovery of the Higgs Boson

The discovery of a new fundamental particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN is the latest step in a long quest seeking to answer one of physics’ most enduring questions: why do particles have mass? The experiments’ much anticipated success confirms predictions made decades earlier by Peter Higgs and ...

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Career Talk with Jack Medley

Jack was a PhD student and worked at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics with Jenni Smillie, focussing on Z/gamma* emissions in the presence of multiple high energy QCD jets. In 2016, he finished his PhD and went to work at Gambit Research working on building models to trade ...
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Theories of Baryogenesis and their TestsJessica TURNER

In this talk, I will review various theories of baryogenesis ranging from electroweak baryogenesis to low- and high-scale leptogenesis together with their associated phenomenology. In the case of high-scale theories will discuss how gravitational waves can be used as a probe of such theories.