Perimeter has always defined itself by doing ambitious research in fundamental physics. We work at the frontiers, from the smallest conceivable scale – the Planck length, one-tenth to one-twentieth times the size of the proton – to the scale of the universe itself.
From the beginning, too, we’ve chosen our research areas strategically, looking for places which seem ripe for breakthroughs. We are interested in intersections – say, the way particle theory informs mathematics and vice versa, or the way abstruse questions about the nature of quantum mechanics lead to practical advances in quantum computation. We value work at the intersection of theory and experiment. We believe, in short, that our whole is greater than the sum of our parts.