RTN European Program HPRN-CT-2000-00148 


Physics Across the Present Energy Frontier:

Probing the Origin of Mass

Project overview :

The main purpose of the network is to conduct research on both theoretical and phenomenological aspects of the physics beyond the present energy frontier. The basic issue is to understand the origin of the masses of the elementary particles, as well as the mechanism of the electroweak symmetry breaking. The directions of research are strongly motivated both by the large amount of experimental data expected during the next years, and by the prospect of important progress in several areas of theoretical physics. The main objectives of the proposed research are: phenomenological implications of supersymmetric theories, fermion mass hierarchies and the flavour problem, neutrino masses and oscillations, supersymmetric cosmology, phenomenological applications of M-theory, large extra dimensions and low scale quantum gravity, duality symmetries and non-perturbative dynamics of gauge fields and strings. We plan to coordinate and further strengthen the collaboration among the participating teams and provide theoretical support to the European experimental programs in high energy physics. (For more information, see the Postscript file with the program of our work.)

Description of partnership

The network involves 12 participants. All the research teams in the proposed network have been already involved in joint research in the past and their members have co-authored a large number of publications. Five of the participating institutes (Greece, Madrid, Oxford, Paris, Trieste) collaborated in the preceding SCIENCE EU programme (contract no. SC1*-CT92-0792) on string phenomenology. Most of the others were part of the Human Capital and Mobility network (contract no. CHRX-CT93-0132) on flavour dynamics. The majority of the teams participated also in the Training and Mobility of Researchers network (contract no. ERBFMRX-CT96-0090) on physics beyond the Standard Model. In addition, many participants were involved in various bi-national programmes in the past. It is worth noticing that there exists already an important mobility of PhD students and postdocs among the participating institutions, working on the research areas of the proposed network. Finally, members of the proposed network started an annual international conference circulated among locations of the participating nodes on ``Physics from Planck to Electroweak Scale" (Warsaw 98, Bonn 99, Il Ciocco 00, etc).

Coordination :

ANTONIADIS Ignatios, Dr.

Theory Division,
CERN, 1211 Geneva 23, SWITZERLAND,
Tel 41-22 767 3201
Fax 41-22 767 3800,


Centre de Physique Théorique,
Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau CEDEX, FRANCE,
Tel 33-1 69 33 47 28
Fax 33-1 69 33 30 08,

Postdoctoral Positions

Our network had a total of 34.5 postdoc-years available, to be used in the academic years 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 or 2003-2004. There are no postdoctoral positions still available. They have been given usually for 2 years and the salary depends on the place of appointment.

Rules for the appointment of postdocs:

The European commission has the following rules for the appointments of postdocs. The candidate must:

Network fellows web page:

If you planed to be a postdoc in any node of the network, you can get some advise by contacting a current fellow. Click here for the present list of postdoc fellows and some useful links.

Scientists in charge in the participating institutes:



For more information, scientific results and list of publications, you can read the first, second or third annual report.

Links to other networks working in the same area