CFTP is an international group of physicists doing work in theoretical particle physics, astro-particles, cosmology and hadronic physics.
CFTP also collaborates closely with a group working on experimental particle physics at CERN.

  •   Neutrino Physics: the Nobel Prize in Physics of 2015 and Research in Neutrinos at CFTP.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 recognises Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald, for their key contributions to the experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos change identities. This metamorphosis requires that neutrinos have mass. The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe.

    The discovery that neutrinos can convert from one flavour to another and therefore have non-zero masses is a major milestone for elementary particle physics. It represents compelling experimental evidence for the incompleteness of the Standard Model as a description of nature. Although the possibility of neutrino flavour change, i.e. neutrino oscillations, had been discussed ever since neutrinos were first discovered experimentally in 1956, it was only around the turn of the millennium that two convincing discoveries validated the actual existence of neutrino oscillations: in 1998, at Neutrino’98, the largest international neutrino conference series, Takaaki Kajita of the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration presented data showing the disappearance of atmospheric muon-neutrinos, i.e. neutrinos produced when cosmic rays interact with the atmosphere, as they travel from their point of origin to the detector. And in 2001/2002, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, led by Arthur B. McDonald, published clear evidence for conversion of electron-type neutrinos from the Sun into muon-or tau-neutrinos. These discoveries are of fundamental importance and constitute a major breakthrough. Neutrino oscillations and the connected issues of the nature of the neutrino, neutrino masses and possible CP violation among leptons are today major research topics in particle physics.

    Research in Neutrinos at CFTP :
    The Nobel Prize of 2015 in Neutrino Physics has been met with great enthusiasm at CFTP. Neutrino Physics is an outstanding topic of research at CFTP, and indeed, many CFTP members work at the forefront of this research. Here you find more information on the work in Neutrino Physics at CFTP.

  •   Physics at CFTP and the Nobel Prize of 2013.
  •  Physics at CFTP and the Nobel Prize of 2008.
  • CFTP offers a large number of Master's Thesis to students, and has a tradition of including early in their careers both Master and PhD students in this research. If you are looking for an exciting career in Theoretical Physics, come in a visit with us.






  • Why do particles have Mass? What do we know about the Higgs scalar(s) ?
  • Why has the Universe so little Anti-Matter?
  • What is the origin of CP Violation?
  • Are there more dimensions?
  • Is the Universe supersymmetric?
  • What are Dark-Matter and Dark-Energy?
  • What are the properties of Neutrinos?
  • How is the Nucleus formed? Are there stars with Exotic Matter?
  • What happened just after the Big-Bang?
  • At CFTP we study:
  • Theoretical models for neutrino masses, mixing and CP violation: flavour symmetries, grand-unified theories, etc.
  • Synergies among neutrino physics, cosmology (baryogenesis through leptogenesis) and astroparticle physics (dark matter).
  • New sources of lepton flavour violation in the context of BSM models.
  • The possible Interplay between neutrino and Higgs physics.
  • Ways of testing the neutrino mass mechanism at the LHC.
  • New methods to establish neutrino connections among the energy, intensity and cosmic frontiers of particle physics.

Conferences and Workshops this year:

Workshop on Multi-Higgs Models, LIGHT CONE 2016, Excited QCD 2016, CORFU 2016: Summer School and Workshop on the Standard Model and Beyond

An External Independent Advisory Commission (Comissão Externa Permanente de Aconselhamento Científico - CEPAC), composed of leading scientists in the Field, Jose Bernabeu, Wilfried Buchmüller and Dan Olof Riska, reports each year on the work of CFTP.

The lively scientific activity at CFTP leads to many papers (40 -- 50 per year) published in leading international scientific journals.

CFTP regularly organizes scientific seminars (at least one per week), and it receives many foreign visitors, either for short periods (of about one week) or for more extended periods (up to months).
CFTP shares an excellent library with advanced books covering its research areas.

Our Center has always been ranked as "Excellent" in all evaluations promoted by the Portuguese Ministry of Science in agreement with reports of International Counseling Committees and jurys composed by leading scientists. CFTP is once again ranked as Excellent, in 2008.

CFTP is located in the Campus of the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon.

The Centre is organized as follows.

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