The Institute of Origins research covers the following areas:
The Origin and Evolution of the Universe.
are addressing the following fundamental questions. What is the
composition of the Universe (e.g. baryons, dark matter, dark energy)?
What is the origin of mass? How did galaxies, stars and planets form?
What is the role of black holes? What are the conditions to cause
extreme environments and events (e.g. gamma ray bursts, active galactic
nuclei, solar flares)? What are the properties of neutrinos? What is
the origin of matter/antimatter asymmetry? What is the nature of
space-time and how to incorporate extra spatial dimensions?
The Origin of Life
did our Sunand its planets form? How common are solar-system-like
planets? What are the conditions to create and sustain atmospheres of
the Earth and others planets? What are the bio-signatures for life in
Tools for probing the Universe
need to utilise wide-ranging tools in order to achieve our scientific
aims. Among them are computational particle physics and astrophysics,
laboratory searches for dark matter, ground based telescopes and space
missions, virtual observatories, accelerator searches for new particles
and forces, ultra-high energy cosmic rays and neutrino telescopes.
We are now organising a coordinated approach between the departments to the following research themes: