Furthering research, exploration, and the peaceful use of outer spacethrough international cooperation
Manuel Rodrigues, Chair, SC H
Vice-Chairs:Orfeu Bertolami (Portugal), 2022 – 2026*Sven Hermenn (Germany), 2022 – 2026Paul McNamara (ESA/ESTEC), 2022 – 2026*
Terms of Reference
Commission H addresses the use of space in two broadly distinct but also interrelated areas: (1) discovering and exploring fundamental physical laws governing matter, space and time, and (2) establishing organizing principles in physics from which structure and complexity emerge. The first area includes, but is not limited to, activities in gravitational and particle physics related to the testing of General Relativity and alternative theories, the search for and study of gravitational waves in space, the search for antimatter in space, the investigation of possible violations of the Equivalence Principle, the search for new hypothetical long-range forces, and the unification of the fundamental interactions of Nature. The second area includes using space to study quantum phenomena and their applications, for example, Bose-Einstein condensation, critical phenomena in superfluids, and applications of laser cooling to develop new kinds of clocks. It promotes, amongst other things, deep investigations of the role of symmetry principles in macroscopic physics, and of the extent to which renormalization group theory identifies universal and non-universal properties of complex systems.
Last update of terms of reference 17 April 2014
* (after officer term) = second and final term in the office indicated