How do we understand the building blocks of nature?

CIFAR's Global Call for Ideas invited applicants from all over the world to propose an important research question they want to address. We chose 12 finalists, and will announce the final selection in May. Find out more about this finalist.

Advances in fundamental science allow us to control matter at its most basic levels and develop the technologies critical to our everyday lives. Today, we are just beginning to understand the quantum behavior of elementary processes and the fundamental attributes of our universe. Gaining a better understanding will let us answer basic questions such as why the universe appears as it does today, why there is more matter than anti-matter, and what is the nature of dark matter. This program will bring together physicists, computer scientists and others to create better computer simulations of quantum interactions, leading to better understanding of the most challenging problems in physics.


  •   Christine Muschik is an assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo.
  Karl Jansen is a member of the Elementary Particle Physics research group at the DESY centre in Zeuthen, Germany.

Find out more about the other short-listed Global Call proposals