Known at CERN as ‘the Theory corridor’, this is the home at CERN for some of the world’s most brilliant minds.
Behind these heavy wooden doors, theoreticians are using equations, computer modelling and logic to try and understand the underlying laws of our universe. Here ideas, such as supersymmetry, are born, often decades before technology and experiments can provide the evidence to back those ideas up.
Theoreticians are an integral part of particle physics, providing experimentalists with a background to their research. Their work has always been a starting point for CERN physics – the “Group of Theoretical Studies” was created even before a location had been determined for CERN itself – showing physicists what and where they should be looking for the next discovery