Outreach Resources

An artist's impression of a black hole

This is where you can find out more about the fundamental topics that we at CTC are studying. Don't worry - you don't have to have a PhD in Theoretical Physics to understand the material!

We'll be covering the origin of the Universe in the Hot Big Bang, the evolution and formation of galaxies and other large scale structures, the origin of the cosmic microwave background radiation, and the idea of cosmic inflation, as well as the extreme Universe where the basic fabric of spacetime itself is shaken in black holes and higher dimensional theories.


The Universe started approximately 14 billion years ago

The Big Bang

Discover how we believe the Universe came into existence during the Big Bang and the standard cosmology which covers the chronology of the Universe.

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Galaxies form large scale structures within the Universe

Galaxy formation

Find out more about galaxy formation and the mysterious dark matter which makes up part of the mass of the Universe.

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The cosmic microwave background, as seen here by the Planck Satellite, gives us a wealth of information about the very early Universe

The comic sky

Read about the cosmic microwave background and what it can tell us.

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Cosmic inflation transcends normal political/economic discussiosn of inflation

The early Universe

The Universe expanded during its first few moments by a factor of 1026, find out more about this cosmic inflation and the cosmological defects which may have accompanied it.

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Does M-Theory hold the key to unifying all four fundamental forces?

Quantum origins

This section includes information on string theory and what we believe to be the best hope for a 'Theory of Everything' - M-Theory.

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An artists impression of a black hole

Black holes

Stephen Hawking's enormous contribution to physics includes a great deal of work on black holes, find out more about what they are, how we know they exist and what they can tell us about the Universe in which we live.

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