Nano-mapping phase transitions in electronic materials
Scientists at EPFL and the University of Geneva have combined two powerful, cutting-edge techniques to uncover the physics behin…
The Physics Section
The Physics Section at the University of Geneva provides a lively environment where students, lecturers and researchers meet on a daily basis and work closely together.
The level of research and teaching in the Physics Section is excellent, and is highly competitive in Switzerland, Europe and across the world. UNIGE is currently in 59th position worldwide (out of 20,000) in the University of Shanghai’s classification (2019), and the physics Section as a standalone is ranked in 36th place. Thanks to the outstanding quality of research at world level, the university offers a highly international and open environment, where the atmosphere is conducive to discussion and debate and generating innovative ideas.
The teaching programmes run by the Physics Section offer a comprehensive range of specialisations, with a particular focus on new applications of fundamental physics.
Agenda of the physics Section
Cosmological implications of EW vacuum instability: constraints on the Higgs-curvature coupling from inflation
The current experimentally measured parameters of the Standard Model (SM) suggest that our Universe lies in a metastable electroweak vacuum, where the Higgs field is prone to vacuum decay to a lower state with catastrophic consequences. Our measurements…
Ecole de Physique
Topological Early Universe Cosmology
I will present a bing-bang free scenario where the early universe is described by a topological phase without propagating degrees of freedom, followed by a standard second phase of Einstein gravity. The set up is a four-manifold of Euclidean…