Theoretical Elementary Particles

The goal of theoretical particle physics is to attain a fundamental description of the laws of physics, the constituents of matter and their interactions.

The standard model of particle physics was a huge step in this direction and has been one of the great scientific triumphs of the 20th century. However, many questions remain unsolved. Some examples are the nature of dark matter in the universe, the problem of mass generation, the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking, the role of supersymmetry and the quantization of gravity.

The UCLA TEP group conducts research in theoretical aspects of high energy physics with the aim of deepening our understanding of the fundamental interactions, as expressed in the language of quantum field theory and string theory. Particular areas of interest include scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory, gravity and string theory, and the relation between quantum field theory and string theory, as captured by the AdS/CFT correspondence.


  • Ernest Abers
  •  Zvi Bern
  •  Eric D'Hoker
  •  Sergio Ferrara
  •  Christian Fronsdal
  •  Michael Gutperle
  •  Per Kraus
  •  Terry Tomboulis