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Established in 1995, the research pursued by the Theoretical Physics (TP) group lies in three broad areas, namely statistical physics, general relativity and foundations of quantum mechanics. Within statistical physics, the research interests lie mainly in the areas of mesoscopic physics and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics together with biophysics and soft condensed matter. Within general relativity, the problems currently being explored include gravitational waves and quantum gravity. There is also an interface with the LAMP group and some joint work in the area of foundational questions in quantum physics.

The core strength of the group lies in mathematics and the basic building blocks that constitute theoretical physics. The group aims to maintain its strength in these areas and evolve through increased interactions amongst the group members and with the experimental physicists across the Institute. The meeting points are envisaged to be in mathematics and in the theoretical underpinnings of the experimental work.
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