Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Kainulainen, Kimmo
Organisation University of Jyväskylä
Project title Dark Universe
Decision No. 318319
Decision date 18.06.2018
Funding period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Funding 552 059
Project description
The most outstanding problems in modern cosmology concern the nature of dark matter and of dark energy and the origin of matter and structure in the Universe. Intriguingly, all these problems appear to be connected to particle physics: DM can be a new heavy particle and the dominance of matter over antimatter almost cerntainly resulted from CP-violating quantum processes. Large scale structures were very likely seeded by quantum fluctuations during a phase of superluminal expansion and finally, the essence of the dark energy is necessarily deeply rooted in quantum theory. Yet none of these problems can be explained within the current standard model of particle physics. Our objective is to test whether dark energy is the really the correct explanation for the accelerated expansion and if the dark matter and the origin of matter can be explained in well motivated and testable low energy extensions of the minimal standard model of particle physics.