Principal Investigator: Prof. Claudio Pica
Faculty of Science – CP3-origins – Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (IMADA) – SDU
Researchers at the CP3-Origins centre of excellence use the ABACUS 2.0 supercomputer to study new theoretical models to explain how the Universe is made at its most fundamental level. Supercomputers help researchers where experiments and observation reach their limits.
With the Nobel-prize discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 after decades of searches, the last missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics was put in place. Nonetheless many are the mysteries that the Standard Model cannot explain: why is the Higgs so light? why is there more matter than anti-matter? what is dark matter and dark energy?
At the CP3-Origins centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology, researchers are exploring the idea that the Higgs particle is made up of smaller pieces, i.e. it is a composite particle that behaves almost identically to the Standard Model Higgs boson. The existence of these new smaller pieces could explain why the Higgs is so light and at the same time they could be re-arranged to form dark matter particles not present in the Standard Model.
Understanding the dynamics of these composite particles is no easy task, as the theoretical models are so complex that no exact solutions exists. To get an accurate picture, researchers at CP3-Origins rely on the use of state-of-the-art supercomputers, such as ABACUS 2.0.