New Kavli Institute Announced at University of Tokyo
Press Release 08 February 2012
(TOKYO, JAPAN) The University of Tokyo (Todai) announced today the establishment of an endowment by The Kavli Foundation for the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU).
The Institute, which will now be known as the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), probes the biggest mysteries in modern cosmology: How did the universe begin, and how will it end? What is it made of, and what laws govern its behavior? How did we come to exist? The Institute is seeking answers through collaborative research conducted by a wide range of scientists, including mathematicians, theoretical physicists, experimental physicists and astronomers. Together, they focus on topics such as dark matter and dark energy, which make up nearly 96 percent of the universe but today are completely unknown, and the possibility of a single unified theory that can explain the cosmos at the smallest and largest scales.
Professor George Efstathiou, Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge said "We congratulate our Japanese Colleagues and the Kavli Foundation for creating another powerful research institute dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. We are looking forward to developing joint research programmes and collaborations, particularly between our young scientists."
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