Theoretical Physics




Chairperson: Prof. Srubabati Goswami

Deputy Head 1: Prof. Namit Mahajan

Deputy Head 2: Prof. Partha Konar


Research Overview

The theoretical physics group was initiated at PRL soon after its establishment. Starting with activities in Nuclear Physics, it diversified into plasma physics and complex systems. In the mid-80s, the group expanded its theoretical high energy physics activities, and in the mid-90s, the astroparticle group was started. During the last decade, major scientific areas have been explored namely collider physics, neutrino and flavour physics, astroparticle physics and cosmology, strong interaction physics, complex systems, high Tc superconductivity, and atomic physics. 

The research pursued in the division can be broadly categorized into the following themes and members pursuing research activities: (1) Collider Physics, Neutrino Physics, Flavour Physics and Beyond Standard Model, (2) Quantum Chromodynamics, Quark-Gluon Plasma, Nuclear Physics, (3) Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology, (4) Unconventional superconductivity, Electronic transport theories, itinerant magnetism, Bose Condensation, strongly correlated systems, and topological materials.

Areas of Research  

Theoretical and Phenomenological aspects of elementary particle physics: Collider physics, Neutrino physics, Flavour physics, Precision physics, CP violation, Physics beyond the Standard Model

Quark-gluon plasma, Quantum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD) phase transitions

Gravitation, Cosmology and Astroparticle physics: Inflation, Dark Matter, Early Universe, Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, Gravitational waves

Atomic physics: Bose-Einstein condensation, Degenerate Quantum gasses

Condensed matter physics: (un)conventional superconductivity, topology in condensed matter systems

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Machine Learning in fundamental research



Research topics offered for Ph.D. program 

– Quantum condensed matter physics (including topological materials) 

Strongly correlated electronic system 

Itinerant magnetism

Unconventional superconductivity

Neutrino Physics

Collider Physics

Dark Matter phenomenology 

CP violation


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques in fundamental physics

Heavy flavor physics

Effective field theories

Strong interaction physics and Quark-Gluon Plasma

Precision calculations in strong and electroweak interaction physics

Studies of extended gauge, global and space-time symmetries

Courses offered to Research Fellows 

– Advanced Electrodynamics

– Advanced Quantum Mechanics

– Quantum Field Theory (Introductory and Advanced)

 – Particle Physics

– Group Theory for Particle Physics

– General Theory of Relativity and Cosmology

– Mathematical methods in theoretical physics

– Numerical methods for scientific computation 

– Advanced condensed matter physics