Research Centers

Scientists working on equipment

Berkeley Physics is home to 4 research centers which are taking a modern approach to answering some of the most pressing questions in science. The Center for Quantum Coherent Science (CQCS), the Berkeley Center For Theoretical Physics (BCTP), the Berkeley Experimental Particle Physics Center (BEPP) and the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP). Your support will help teams of leading physicists, promising new researchers, and the world's brightest graduate and undergraduate students pursue lines of investigation with fresh perspectives.

Berkeley Center For Theoretical Physics (BCTP)

The greatest minds in theoretical physics are collaborating on some of the most pressing scientific questions about the universe at the BCTP. Current cutting-edge research areas include particle theory, string theory, cosmology and the early universe, phenomenology beyond the standard model, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, topological strings, and energy research. Your donation to the BCTP will help ensure the center’s continued ability to galvanize the strengths of internationally renowned faculty in all sub-groups of particle physics.

Donate to BCTP 

Center For Quantum Coherent Science (CQCS)

The CQCS is an exciting new research center where young scientists work with leaders in the sub-fields of atomic and optical physics, condensed-matter physics, quantum information science, and high-energy and string theory. Here they explore the richness, complexity, and practical application of quantum mechanics, quantum states, and quantum systems. Your gift to the CQCS will support the students and postdoctoral researchers of the CQCS community who are developing their unique perspective on scientific work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Berkeley Experimental Particle Physics Center (BEPP)

The BEPP seeks to discover what the universe is made of and why it has its present form using powerful state-of-the-art instruments, large scale computational processes, and novel analytical methods. Projects include investigating signs of physics beyond the standard model via the ATLAS collaboration, the search for dark matter particles through the LUX experiment, and researching the fundamental properties of neutrinos through experiments in China and Italy. Your donation to the BEPP will support fellowships, workshops, and outreach that are aimed at sparking innovation and developing a diverse future generation of instrumentation physicists.

Berkeley Center For Cosmological Physics (BCCP)

There has never been a more exciting time for cosmologists. The BCCP brings all the resources of UC Berkeley and its worldwide collaborators to a new generation of cosmologists. Its rich suite of international research studies seek to address four fundamental questions: What is dark energy and how is it causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate? How did space-time come into being early in the universe? What is the dark matter surrounding galaxies and binding them together? Why is there more matter than antimatter in the current universe when they were in equal abundance at very early times? Your gift to the BCCP will support work to answer these questions, and many more.

If you wish to give to one of these Research Centers, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Rachel Schafer
Director of Development
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
UC Berkeley