Center for Gravitational Physics (CGP)
YITP, Kyoto University

Center for Gravitational Physics (CGP)
YITP, Kyoto University



Understanding nature of gravity has long been one of the central issues in particle physics/string theory and astrophysics/cosmology. As a result of significant developments of these fields in the past decades, we are now in an exciting position to enhancing the research activity of gravity toward various directions. For example, by the recent development of string theory, in particular by the discovery of the so-called gauge/gravity correspondence, gravity has become a core subject in a wider area of theoretical physics. It is anticipated that a new perspective on nature may be gained by a deeper understanding of gravity. For example, gravity may be the very key for the understanding of basic phenomena in quantum theory such as quantum entanglement.

It should be also emphasized that gravitational-wave astronomy just began quite recently (in 2015) by the first direct detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes achieved by advanced LIGO in USA. A number of subsequent discoveries of astrophysical phenomena in strong gravitational fields in the near future will lead to deeper understanding of physics associated with strong gravitational fields.

The purpose of this center is to stimulate various fields in theoretical physics from new perspectives, with "gravity" as the keyword, and to establish an international center for gravitational physics in the wider sense through collaborations with researchers and institutions from all over the world.

Core Members

CGP director: Masaru Shibata
Quantum Gravity/String Theory: Shigeki Sugimoto
Gauge/Gravity Correspondence: Tadashi Takayanagi
Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Kunihito Ioka
Cosmology/Modified Gravity: Shinji Mukohyama



Tomoyuki Morimae was awarded the 2018 Okawa publications prize (2018/11/12)
Prof. Masaru Shibata was awarded the 2018 Nishina Memorial Prize (2018/11/9)
Dr. Kenta Hotokezaka won the Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan 2019. (2018/10/26)
Multi-Messenger Astronomy with Gravitational Wave Observation (2018/10/1)
Prof. Yuichiro Sekiguchi won the Yukawa-Kimura Prize 2018. (2018/9/19)
A new volume of the Yukawa Library: "Sources of gravitational waves" (2018/9/3)
Prof. Kenta Kiuchi gave a lecture at the lab tour of Japan Association of Chemical Sensors Meeting 2018. (2018/8/24)

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Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
Innovative Area "New Developments in Astrophysics Through Multi-Messenger Observations of Gravitational Wave Sources"
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