• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Research Group in Theoretical Physics

The group is composed of faculty, visitors, post-doc and graduate students.
We work in close connection with the Astrophysics group of the SNS and with the theoretical physics group of the INFN Section in Pisa.

Our external financial sources are:

  1. INFN, projects PI21, PD51 and TV12;
  2. EU, contracts EU ITN "Unification in the LHC Era", contract PITN-GA-2009- 237920 (UNILHC)
  3. ERC Grant n. (SUPERFIELDS), P.I. S. Ferrara (CERN), Scientist in Charge of the INFN portion A. Sagnotti
  4. MIUR-PRIN - 2008XM9HLM_001 (Coord. Naz Riccardo Barbieri)
  5. MIUR-PRIN 2009-KHZKRX  (Coord. Naz. A. Sagnotti).

Our group organizes every year in Pisa a series of seminars devoted to several aspects of the Fundamental Interactions, partly funded by INFN, which includes a topical week.

Research activities

  1. Model Building and Phenomenology of Particle Physics
    The conception and the study of theoretical models for electroweak symmetry breaking, with particular attention to the so called “small hierarchy" problem, i.e. to the apparent separation existing between the Higgs mass and the lowest energy scale at which the SM can be modified, as indirectly suggested by the precision electroweak physics tests.
    The study and the development of both hadronic and leptonic flavour models, in the framework of grand unified theories and/or horizontal symmetries, by paying also attention to the geometric approach to the flavour problem in theories with extra space dimensions.
    The study of new mechanisms of supersymmetry breaking in the context of supergravity theories in extra dimensions and the exploration of their phenomenological implications.
  2. Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
    The study of the connection between various extensions of the Standard Model of particle interactions and the current cosmological model.
  3. Supergravity, String Theory, Field theory
    The study of "brane-world'' models, perturbative string theory including string mechanisms of supersymmetry breaking, quantum gravity, selected non-perturbative aspects of field theory and Higher-spin Gauge Theory. This program will be conducted by Massimo Porrati under the project 5097 48 'SAG@SNS', “Strings and Gravity at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa”, by Augusto Sagnotti and by Franco Strocchi.