James Webb space telescope and fundamental physics

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Does JWST has any significance in fundamental physics research? What kind of questions would we get answers to?
 

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Have you done ANY research on this on your own? There is a lot of stuff on the internet.
 
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Yes, from what I see there is only research about astrophysics and cosmology. I was just wondering if it has any significance for fundemental physics and the standard model.
 
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Considering that cosmology and particle physics have become increasingly interlinked over the past few decades, how much more fundamental can you get? As noted in this article - http://ctcp.caltech.edu/fundamental.php - by the Moore Center of the California Instute of Technology "This focus area seeks to connect the fundamental laws of physics to the origin, evolution, and constituents of the universe."
 
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Thank you for your response and for sharing this link! Forgive me for my silly question, I have just started learning about this subject. But I think I have a better idea about it now. I will be reading more about the connection of particle physics and cosmology. Very interesting.
 
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JWST has greatly damaged the research program in fundamental physics. It's obscene cost overruns (the current estimate a factor of 17 more than originally proposed!) have caused a dozen other missions to be canceled, including LISA, which would have searched for gravitational waves.
 
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