The Division covers a broad range of research areas in nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.It is also one of the top institutions providing excellent postgraduate education and research training to young theorists.
The Division has made a lot of important theoretical contributions to the experiments done at the Beijing Electron-Positron Collider (BEPC) and the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment.
The Division operates the Theoretical Physics Research Center for Science Facilities, CAS. The center emphasizes bringing theoretical scientists from particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, cosmology and the physics based on synchrotron light source together to pursue high quality research in frontier physics connected with large-scale research facilities.
The Division has wide international connections. For instance, a collaborative project, the Sino-German research on Symmetries and the Emergence of Structure in Quantum Chromo-dynamics (QCD), was set up recently, which has been a useful platform to bring together expertise from China and Germany to work on fundamental issues in the sector of the strong interaction force.