Foundations of Physics Group, School of Physics, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)

The physics of our time is mostly concerned with theories that can make predictions and describe the observed phenomena, but they are not concerned with what is behind the equations. The founders of modern physics like Newton, Maxwell and Einstein, however, were after the understanding of the structure of our universe and its underlying laws .This necessitates going after an encompassing framework which goes beyond shear empiricism. It is here that physicists, mathematicians and philosophers should collaborate to reach a more holistic view of the universe, and it is here that foundational physics enters the game. This is a field which deals with fundamental problems of physics, and is entangled with philosophical problems, although it is not completely philosophical. Fortunately, foundational problems of physics have recently attracted the attention of some of the first rate physicists of our time. In fact, it has been the research on some of the foundational problems that has led to the development of some new fields, such as quantum information and quantum computers. The fast developments in these areas and the promise of their future applications in areas such as quantum field theory, in early universe and cosmology, condensed matter physics, nano-sciences, chemistry, and biophysics, indicates a bright future in these areas. Since October 2014 IPM has been founded a new structural division and independent research group in foundations of Physics. Currently, the main themes of research of the group include:

• Entanglement and Non-locality

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