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2008-9

LONG PROGRAM 2008-2009: "Big Bang and Beyond"

Program Organizers: Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS), Igor Klebanov, Jean-Luc Lehners, David Spergel, Paul Steinhardt, Matt Strassler (Rutgers), Herman Verlinde

Co-sponsored by The D. E. Shaw Group

Big Bang and Beyond, running from Fall 2008 thru Spring 2009, is designed to identify and explore the forefront issues concerning events surrounding the big bang and how they relate to both cosmological observations and particle accelerator experiments. The program is organized around a series of "microsymposia" on topics including observational cosmology, strings and inflation, forefronts of LHC physics, cyclic and bouncing cosmologies, the string landscape, the cosmic singularity problem, eternal inflation, dark matter and dark energy. Details and registration.....


SHORT PROGRAMS 2008-2009

"Iron-based High Temperature Superconductors"
November 13-14, 2008


Program Organizers: Ravin Bhatt, Bogdan Bernevig, Zahid Hasan, Ali Yazdani:

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials

This program will focus the recent discovery of high temperature superconductivity in iron-based layered compounds, which seems to suggest a new route to increase Tc. The new materials that do not seem to fit the same paradigm as earlier high Tc superconductors. One of the exciting aspects is that they belong to a comprehensive class of materials where many chemical substitutions are possible. This versatility is already opening up new research avenues to understand the origin of the superconductivity, and should also enable the superconducting properties to be tailored for commercial technologies. The program, in the form of a workshop, will discuss new avenues in superconductivity physics, centered on the iron-based superconductors, but also possibly including other families that may have similarities and possible connections.

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"Physical Principles in Biological Networks"
March 24-April 30, 2009

Program Organizers: William Bialek, Curtis Callan, Ned Wingreen, Aleksandra Walczak:
Almost everything that happens in living systems is the result of interactions among many elements -- a network. Our perceptions and thoughts result from dynamics in networks of neurons, during embryonic development decisions about cell fate and spatial patterning are shaped by networks of interacting genes, networks of interactions among amino acids stabilize the structure of proteins, and there are many other examples. This workshop will focus on recent progress in experimental technique showing how one can infer aspects of the underlying network from the observable phenomenology, and also on a stream of work in the theoretical physics community searching for guiding principles governing network dynamics that would allow one to predict (rather than just fit) the rich phenomenology of these systems.

PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION HERE.


"Fundamental Problems in Climate Dynamics"
May 4-13, 2009

Program Organizers: Isaac Held and Geoff Vallis:
This program is geared towards graduate students and post docs and will focus on theoretical problems in atmospheric and oceanic dynamics of potential importance to the problem of global warming. A background in atmospheric/oceanic science is not required. Topics will include the large-scale structure of the atmosphere and oceans, large-scale turbulence, models of the Earth's cloud cover and water vapor distribution, moist convective turbulence in the tropics, theoretical approaches to the problem of the climatic response to small perturbations, as well as problems posed by paleoclimate observations and recent trends.

PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION HERE



2007-8

FIRST PROGRAMS AT PCTS (click here)