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2013-2014 PROGRAMS

PRINCIPAL PROGRAMS:

AFTA Coronagraph Workshop
July 23-25, 2013

Living with a Star: Past Accomplishments and Future Promise
September 18-20, 2013

US-Italy Physics Program at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS)
October 15, 2013

The Dark Matter Paradigm: Current Status and Challenges
October 16-18, 2013

CMS Exotic Physics
November 7-9, 2013

Bulk Microscopy from Holography and Quantum Information
November 22-23, 2013

Director's Lecture 2014
"Toy Models" by Tadashi Tokeida
February 11, 2014

Effective Field Theory for Large Scale Structures for Large Scale Structures
February 27-March 1, 2014

PCTS Annual Lecturer: Michael Peskin, SLAC, Stanford University
March 2-14
SLIDES

Symmetry in Topological Phases
March 17 - 18, 2014
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AS THE MEETING HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY
PROGRAM


Many Body Localization and Related Phenomena
Workshop 1: March 31-April 1, 2014 "Many body localization and associated theory."
Workshop 2: April 10-11, 2014"
Many body localization and related experiments."

Origin of Biological Homochirality
April 24-25, 2014
Satellite Workshop on the
"Origin of Life"

April 26, 2014

Searching for Simplicity
May 12-15, 2014

and more to come

   

 

   

PROGRAMS 2013-2014
(Listed in crhonological order, so scroll down to see all programs.)

AFTA Coronagraph Workshop
23-25 July 2013

Workshop Organizers: N. Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton University; Gary Blackwood, NASA JPL; Kevin Grady, NASA GSFC

This workshop is supported in part by PCTS, Princeton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.

Living with a Star: Past Accomplishments and Future Promise
18-20 September 2013

Workshop Organizers: Amitava Bhattacharjee, Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (Chair), Spiro Antiochos, Farzad Kamalabadi, Janet Luhmann, Anthony Mannucci, and Nathan Schwadron

The Workshop is prompted primarily by the confluence of two events: the 10th anniversary of NASA’s Living With a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Program, and the release of the 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.  The goal of this Workshop is to celebrate and assess the accomplishments of the LWS TR&T Program over the past decade, and provide timely and focused input from leaders of the heliophysical science and technology community and agencies (NASA, NSF, NOAA, and DoD) on implementation of some of the key recommendations of the Decadal Survey, including the DRIVE initiative and space weather. The conversations in this Workshop will be critical in the formulation of a strategic vision of the LWS TR&T Program over the next 10 years. The Workshop will bring together a diverse group of agency leaders, and leading scientists and post-doctoral scholars involved in studies of the heliosphere, space weather, computational physicists, and laboratory experiments of relevance to the heliosphere. THIS WORKSHOP IS BY INVITATION ONLY.

HOTEL INFORMATION and PROGRAM


US-Italy Physics Program at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS)
15 October 2013

Workshop Organizer: Cristiano Galbiati

The “US-Italy Physics Program at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS)" will hold a special event on October 15th, 2013. The event, sponsored by the Italian Consulate in Newark, is part of the initiatives "2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States: America Discovers Italy". See the website at http://www.italyinus2013.org for the full set of initiatives.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Princeton Center for Theoretical Studies (PCTS) of Princeton University and will be hosted at the PCTS conference center, located within the Physics Department of Princeton University.

The keynote address of the workshop will be delivered by LNGS Director Prof. Stefano Ragazzi.

A number of other talks will also describe status and prospects of US-Italy jointly funded experiments at LNGS or elsewhere, and other experiments with notable recent results in the area of Astroparticle Physics.

LNGS PROGRAM AGENDA

HOTEL INFORMATION

The workshop is by invitation only. Please send any questions to Associate Professor of Physics, Cristiano Galbiati  galbiati@Princeton.EDU

Special Programming Note: Invited participants may also want to attend the PCTS Program, “The Dark Matter Paradigm: Current Status and Challenges,” scheduled for 16-18 October at PCTS. Unfortunately registration for this meeting has reached full capacity. If you are still interested in attending please email cborsack@princeton.edu for more information. Details about the program can be found at http://pcts.princeton.edu/pcts/DarkMatterParadigm2013/DarkMatterParadigm2013.html


Program Organizers: Kfir Blum, Daniel Grin, Samuel Lee, Mariangela Lisanti, Tracy Slatyer

REGISTRATION HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.

The nature of dark matter remains one of the key outstanding problems in fundamental physics. Fortunately, the field of dark-matter research is presently enjoying an era of abundant data. Particle-physics constraints on dark-matter models are constantly improving with the accumulation and refinement of data at the Large Hadron Collider. Direct and indirect searches for weakly interacting massive particles have also produced several intriguing hints of potential signals. Additionally, new observations and analyses on galactic and cosmological scales have revealed possible discrepancies with the predictions of the standard collisionless, cold dark-matter paradigm. Consistent interpretation of this wealth of information will require the mutual efforts of researchers working on all aspects of dark-matter detection and theory. The aim of this three-day workshop, sponsored jointly by the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science and the Institute for Advanced Study, is to promote the exchange of ideas and new results between particle-physics experimentalists, phenomenologists and model builders, cosmologists, astronomers, dynamicists, and high-energy astrophysicists.

A poster session will also be held during the meeting; if you are interested in presenting a poster, please send a title and abstract to samuelkl@princeton.edu for consideration.

LINKS TO THE ARCHIVED TALKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

REGISTRATION HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.

PROGRAM AND HOTEL INFORMATION

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CMS Exotic Physics
7-9 November 2013

Program Organizers: Daniel Marlow (Princeton), John Paul Chou (Rutgers), Steve Worm (Rutherford Appleton Labs)

This workshop is the fourth of a series of annual workshops on CMS Exotic Physics.  The focus of the workshop will the necessary preparations for the upcoming 13 TeV LHC run in 2015 and beyond.  Of particular importance for this workshop will be the broadening and strengthening of CMS's current search program by identifying gaps in our coverage and improving communication with the theoretical community.  In order to accommodate increased theorist participation, we have established that the afternoon sessions on Thursday and Friday will be "open," featuring public CMS results, talks by theorists, and discussion sessions.  The focus of these topics will be on possible growth areas for the experimental and theoretical community, such as ISR tagging, background modeling for high-multiplicity jet events, and long-lived or other unique signatures.  Participation by young students and postdocs is encouraged, and opportunities to present work in progress during the closed sessions will be available.  Participation from outside the CMS Collaboration is by invitation only.

PROGRAM AND HOTEL INFORMATION


Bulk Microscopy from Holography and Quantum Information
22-23 November 2013

Program Organizers: Daniel Harlow, Patrick Hayden, Herman Verlinde

The AdS/CFT correspondence is often quoted as providing a complete theory of quantum gravity in asymptotically AdS space, but precise probes of the bulk have been limited so far. Can the dictionary be expanded to describe a more detailed set of bulk observables, in particular including those behind horizons? Recent work on black hole physics has emphasized the extent to which we do not have a satisfactory answer to this question. Attempts to understand this have begun to involve a variety of techniques from quantum information theory, in particular entanglement monogamy, error correction, and computational complexity.

REGISTRATION HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.

POSTER and LIST OF SPEAKERS

PROGRAM


Effective Field Theory for Large Scale Structures
February 27-March 1, 2014

Program Organizers:Tobias Baldauf, Lorenzo Mercolli, Enrico Pajer

Perturbative treatments of large scale structures have been studied for many years and they have provided valuable insight into the gravitational clustering process on cosmological scales. More recently it has become clear how Effective Field Theory (EFT) methods can complement these perturbative treatments by providing a description of the linear and mildly non-linear regime of dark matter structure formation that consistently takes into account the non-linear dynamics of very short scales.

During the workshop, we plan to discuss the following issues of the EFT approach:
- Theoretical considerations: non-locality in time, extensions to higher order, Lagrangian and Eulerian approaches
- Comparisons: Tests of the EFTofLSS and direct comparison with other analytical approaches and simulations
- Future developments: EFT of tracers (or bias), redshift space distortions (RSD), relativistic species and inclusion of GR effects


Participation is by invitation only.

Workshop Program and slides can be found here.


PCTS Annual Lecturer
MICHAEL PESKIN, SLAC, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
March 2-14, 2014

Schedule of Events

Abstracts

SLIDES


Symmetry in Topological Phases
17-18 March 2014

Program Organizers: Joseph Maciejko, Rahul Nandkishore, Titus Neupert, Shivaji Sondhi

The aim of the workshop is to bring together condensed matter physicists and high energy/mathematical physicists with an interest in condensed matter to discuss the recent progress that has been taking place in the classification of topological phases of quantum matter in the presence of symmetries. The main focus of the workshop will be symmetry-protected and symmetry-enriched topological phases (SPT/SET), with topics such as their mathematical classification, field-theoretic description, and possible experimental realizations.

Registration has reached full capacity and is closed.

HOTEL INFORMATION

PROGRAM

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Many Body Localization and Related Phenomena
Workshop 1: March 31- April 1,2014

Workshop 2: April 10-11, 2014

Program Organizers: Rahul Nandkishore, Vadim Oganesyan, S.L. Sondhi, David A. Huse

Workshop 1: "Many body localization and associated theory." REGISTRATION HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.
This workshop will discuss theoretical aspects of the many body localization problem, and its implications for other areas of theoretical research, such as quantum integrability, quantum information, thermalization and mathematical physics. This workshop will aim to bring together theorists working in all the above areas to discuss ideas and to set an agenda for the field.

Workshop 2: "Many body localization and related experiments."
This workshop will aim to bring together condensed matter theorists and experimentalists, with a view to identifying sharp experimental tests for what is still a largely theory driven field, and also to help identify the most experimentally relevant questions for theoretical research.


The Origin of Biological Homochirality
April 24-25, 2014

Program Organizers: Pablo Debenedetti, Frank Ricci and Frank Stillinger

Proteins and nucleic acids contain chiral subunits that exhibit only one of two possible forms. 19 of 20 naturally‐occurring amino acids are chiral, with the L‐form invariably synthesized in living forms. Nucleic acids use D‐ribose as their sugar component. These facts naturally generate fundamental questions about how those chiral asymmetries arose and were maintained and propagated in the terrestrial biosphere. Because life as we know it is chiral, the origin of biological homochirality is an important aspect of the broader question of the origin of life. Numerous hypotheses have been put forward to try to explain chiral symmetry breaking in a biological context (e.g., enantioselective photolysis in interstellar molecular clouds, parity‐violating weak interactions, chiral selection on inorganic surfaces, equilibrium phase behavior, and liquid‐phase chemical kinetics with autocatalysis). Experimental observations on crystallizing solutions add to the rich catalogue of circumstances that can give rise to chiral symmetry breaking. Although most of the work has been phenomenological, a good number of theoretical studies have appeared in recent years aimed at providing fundamental, quantitative and mechanistic understanding of plausible mechanisms that could explain the emergence of homochirality in the pre‐biotic world. The workshop brings together theoreticians and experimentalists to discuss the current status of basic understanding about this question, and to identify promising avenues for experimental and theoretical inquiry.

PROGRAM, REGISTRATION AND HOTEL INFORMATION HERE


Satellite Workshop on the Origin of Life
April 26, 2014

Workshop Organizer:Laura Landweber

REGISTRATION

Schedule


Searching for Simplicity
May 12-15, 2014

Program Organizers: Neil Turok (Perimeter Institute), Enrico Pajer and Paul Steinhardt

The workshop is inspired by recent data from Cosmic Microwave Background measurements, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and Dark Matter experiments that show the universe to be surprisingly simple on both the microphysical and macrophysical scale:  there is a striking absence -- thus far --  of  new particles, WIMP dark matter  or non-gaussianity.  The recent report by BICEP2 of the detection of primordial gravitational waves produces some tension with current results from the Planck and WMAP satellites that may indicate unexpected complexity.  However, this workshop will occur at a time when the results have yet to be confirmed, so we are free to imagine various scenarios.   At the same time, there is the intriguing fact (clue?) that the measured Higgs and top quark mass lie within the narrow range corresponding to a metastable Higgs vacuum in the standard model.  What could all this mean?  What ideas need to be jettisoned, revised or created to naturally explain this simplicity? 

This will be a small meeting in which speakers are invited to present ideas and to brainstorm with the rest of the participants to make this a creative experience.   The style of the meeting will be small and informal with ample time for discussion.

Participation is by invitation only.


2012-13 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2011-12 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2010-11 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2009-10 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2008-9 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2007-8 FIRST PROGRAMS AT PCTS (click here)