Today, physics stands at the threshold of major discoveries. Recent progress in observational astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology has raised important questions related to fundamental laws of Nature. Substantial evidence, both theoretical and observational, indicates that Einstein's general theory of relativity combined with the Standard Model of the strong and electroweak forces, and fundamental particles are not adequate to form a complete and consistent picture of physical law. Some of the discovered phenomena point to a possible breakdown in general relativity and emphasize the need for new physics to overcome the challenges.
A synergistic combination of theoretical, observational, and experimental efforts is necessary to meet the above challenges. Space-enabled research in fundamental physics contributes to the development of a complete and consistent picture of fundamental laws of Nature and is an important part of NASA's space exploration efforts.
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how fundamental physics research in space, including experiments on the International Space Station, can provide the knowledge needed to address outstanding questions in physics, astronomy, and cosmology.
The conference is sponsored by NASA and JPL; with support from DOE, NSF, NIH, ESA, and other agencies; the meeting is endorsed by the American and European Physical Societies.
We aim to bring together a unique group of researchers from diverse fields of physics ranging from general relativity to astroparticle physics, condensed matter, cosmology, and astrophysics to discuss these opportunities. We anticipate a wide participation by representatives from the US and European funding agencies, space and science policymakers and industry.
The conference will be organized as a series of key-note talks and plenary half-day sessions, including:
- Gravitation at all scales: theory and experiment
- Gravitational waves and cosmology
- Dark Matter and Dark Energy
- Physics beyond the Standard Model
- Laser-cooled atoms, condensed matter physics and biophysics
- Technologies for advanced space experiments
- Policy and space experiments for the next decade.
The outcome of this workshop will be a document to guide the development of future mission opportunities in fundamental physics and a set of recommendations for the NAS Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The earlier two workshops: