The project belongs to the INFN line of Standard Model phenomenology. Among its main purposes is the study of the impact of theoretical uncertainties in the measurement of Standard Model parameters, and the investigation of new physics scenarios with the identification of possible experimental signatures at the LHC and flavour factories.

Main topics of the team's activity:

  • heavy hadron properties, development and application of effective theories (i.e. HQET)
  • flavour physics within and beyond the Standard Model
  • phenomenological consequences of the conformal anomaly, possible dilaton interactions
  • holographic methods and phenomenological applications


Phenomenology of the Fundamental Interactions

National Coordinator: G. D'Ambrosio

INFN sections: LNF, NA

NA Members

  • M. Abud (associate professor)
  • L. Cappiello (researcher)
  • G. D'Ambrosio (INFN director of research)
  • G. Ricciardi (associate professor)
  • F. Tramontano (researcher)

Research activities

  • flavour physics and CP violation
  • Higgs properties
  • effective field theories
  • holographic QCD
  • higher order loop contributions in scattering amplitudes


Fundamental Interactions, Electroweak Symmetry Breaking, Fermion Masses and the Quest for New Physics (QNP)

Local coordinator: Giulia Ricciardi

We pursue the quest for physics beyond the Standard Model combining direct and indirect searches for new physics and testing the structure of fundamental interactions against experimental data in the flavour and electroweak sectors. We contribute to improving the theoretical accuracy of indirect searches for new physics. We investigate the dynamical origin of electroweak symmetry breaking and the mechanism stabilizing the electroweak scale, using LHC data on the Higgs boson as well as precision electroweak observables. We search for the origin of fermion masses and mixings, seeking for an explanation of the peculiar flavour structure of the Standard Model as well as for an understanding of the flavour properties of physics beyond the Standard Model. We study the impact of possible future facilities on indirect searches of new physics in the flavour and electroweak sectors. We investigate the dynamics underlying the recently-discovered charmonium-like states.


GEOSYMQFT (Geometry and Symmetry in Quantum Field Theory)

The proponents are researchers active in the formal aspects of Quantum Field Theory.

Several of our nodes have a history of joint collaborations in various projects, and although our main interests as project is in the formal aspects, the competences of our group cover a wide range, from phenomenology to mathematical physics.

The unifying concept behind our project is the use of modern mathematical techniques to solve various problems in the frontiers of quantum field theory, enabling us to deal with questions like the quantization of space time, the issue of renormalization, algebraic and topological quantum field theories.

The main tools are related to symmetries (also deformed) and to the algebraic aspects of the theory.

The common threads of the collaboration:

  • Noncommutative geometry and applications to the quantization of spacetime.
  • Quantum Groups seen as symmetries of quantum spaces
  • Quantization Schemes also with tools of statistical mechanics
  • Algebraic methods and algebraic geometry, also applied to algebraic and Topological field theory
  • Poisson geometry, Poisson manifolds and in general Poisson structures

Biological applications of theoretical physics methods

Title: Biological applications of theoretical physics methods

Acronym: BioPhys

Main Investigator:


The main goal of our IS is the investigation of problems and systems of biological relevance with the tools and ideas typical of theoretical physics. Our main interests are applications to Molecular Biology, a currently strategic field for its deep scientific questions and huge potential biomedical fallouts.

Local webpage: BioPhys@Unina