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About Us

The Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics (LCTP) is an organization based in the Physics Department of the University of Michigan.  The LCTP’s primary aim is to promote excellence in research in theoretical particle physics and cosmology through a program of workshops, conferences, seminars, and collaborative and individual research. It also aims to educate graduate and undergraduate students in theoretical physics and to communicate its activities to the general public through public lectures and other outreach activities.  


The Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics was endowed by the Leinweber Foundation in 2017.  It was previously known as the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics, which was inaugurated by the University of Michigan in 2001.  Over its history, it has brought over 2500 visitors to the Ann Arbor campus for workshops, conferences,  summer schools, and visits.  Over time, it has evolved to specialize on fundamental questions related to theoretical particle physics and cosmology.

Below are records for the center, dating back to its inception.