Research Areas

High Energy and Particle Physics

In high-energy and particle physics, researchers study nature at its most fundamental level, investigating particles that make up both ordinary and exotic forms of matter as well as cosmological phenomena such as dark matter. Researchers wield the principles of quantum physics and the tools of high energy and particle physics to build quantum sensors, computers, and other technologies. Furthermore, the power of quantum computing, as it develops, may also be able to help solve the intractable problems of particle physics.

Chicago Quantum Exchange researchers focus on theoretical and experimental approaches to answering many cosmological questions surrounding neutrinos, dark matter, and black holes. Theoretical work focuses on how properties of entanglement and quantum many-body systems can help us understand black holes, quantum gravity, and the connections between the Higgs boson and dark matter. Quantum systems are incredibly sensitive to changes in their environment, which makes them excellent detectors for the faintest of physical signals. For example, scientists are actively developing quantum detectors for observing dark matter, which has escaped detection by other methods for decades. Quantum computers also have the potential to analyze large particle physics datasets much faster, and to model high energy particle interactions more accurately and efficiently.