PROGRAMS 201213:
Bridging the Gap Between the Geosciences and Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
12 October 2012
Workshop Organizer: Frederick Simons
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together theoretical Geoscientists, Mathematicians, Statisticians and Computer Scientists around the common goal of identifying and solving challenging problems in the Geosciences. The focus will be on gathering a group of Principal Investigators to spearhead a proposal to the National Science Foundation, but all interested are welcome to attend the talks and discussions.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Space is limited, however, any interested parties should register to attend the public talks. Please contact Frederik Simons at fjsimons@alum.mit.edu for information about the program or Dawn Reading at reading@princeton.edu on how to register.
Entanglement in Discrete and Continuous Quantum Systems
2526 October 2012
Workshop Organizers: Andrei Bernevig, Duncan Haldane, Igor Klebanov, Joseph Maciejko, Tatsuma Nishioka, Masahito Yamazaki
The aim of this workshop is to bring together condensed matter and highenergy theorists to discuss exciting recent developments in the study of entanglement in quantum manybody systems and field theories. The topics to be covered include entanglement and Rényi entropies, topological entanglement entropy, entanglement spectrum, quantum information, renormalized entanglement entropy, c and Ftheorem, and holographic duality. This is a field where recent efforts by highenergy and condensed matter physicists have been overlapping, and we expect the workshop to stimulate new interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations.
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Nonequilibrium Physics with Strongly Interacting Matter and Light Seminar Series
Program Organizers: Andrew Houck, David Huse, Marco Schiro, Hakan Tureci
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Through the Lookingglass: a Glimpse into the Geometry and Topology of Materials
35 December 2012
Program Organizers: Elisabetta Matsumoto and Christian Santangelo
Geometry and topology govern many of the physical, biological and material properties of everyday objects. Complexity often arises from simple interactions in systems living in nontrivial geometries or topologies. This interdisciplinary workshop aims to unite mathematicians, physicists, biologists and engineers sharing common interest in applied geometry and topology. Our goal is both to further develop the use of geometry to understand materials and introduce topology into the conversation. Topics include topological defects in condensed matter and complex materials, physics on curved surfaces, knots, braids and nets in physics and biology, and persistent homology as a technique to identify topological structure in data.
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Origins of Life
2124 January 2013
Program Organizers: Laura Landweber (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology); Aaron Goldman (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology); Adam Burrows (Astrophysical Sciences and PCTS); Chris Chyba (Astrophysical Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson School); Ed Turner (Astrophysical Sciences); Jeremy Kasdin (MAE); Tullis Onstott (Geosciences); Michael Hecht (Chemistry)
The last few decades have witnessed the burgeoning of many highly productive lines of investigation into abiogenesis and the early emergence of biological complexity. Planetary sciences and geochemistry have produced a shortlist of wellstudied settings where prebiotic chemistry may have led to the transition from nonliving to living matter. Major advances in abiotic syntheses of important biomolecules have resulted in an improved understanding of the relative availabilities of protobiomolecules. The continuing growth of bioinformatics databases has given computational biologists an unprecedented ability to reconstruct the properties of early organisms and ancient evolutionary histories. Synthetic biology now allows investigators to examine the boundaries of life's genetic systems and minimal life in the laboratory. In general, the advance of astrobiology has expanded our understanding of habitability and life as cosmological phenomena. This workshop will integrate these themes, foster new local, national and international collaborations, and actively encourage scientists from within and outside the Princeton community to pursue studies of life's origins. The workshop program will bring together researchers in these disparate subjects and subfields to address the questions of life's origins in the astronomical, chemical, genetic, evolutionary, and informationtheoretic contexts.
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PUBLIC LECTURE ON JANUARY 22, 2013: "IS THE EARTH RARE?" by James Kasting, PSU
To watch a live stream of the conference click on the link http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/ool2013
PCTS Annual Lecturer
47 March 2013
Professor Ignacio Cirac, Director of the Theory Division,MaxPlanck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching
Schedule of Events Geostrophic turbulence and active tracer transport in 2 dimensions
1315 March 2013
Program Organizers: Peter Constantin, Isaac Held and William Young
Many idealized models of atmospheric and oceanic flows reduce to the twodimensional (2D) advection of a tracer that in turn determines the flow field. The classic example is nondivergent 2D flow on a plane (or a sphere), where the tracer is the vertical (or radial) component of the vorticity. Of special interest is the "geostrophic trubulence" generated in systems with two interacting active tracers, representing flow at the tropopause and the earth’s surface in the simplest atmospheric case. Another example of special interest is surface quasigeostrophic (SQG) flow, in which the state of the system is completely determined by the temperature at the surface. SQG flows bear some formal resemblance to 3D incompressible flows – for example, dimensional arguments suggest a 5/3 kinetic energy spectrum for the direct turbulent cascade to small scales, just as in 3D. SQG has developed into a model problem for those interested in singularity formation in 3D Euler or NavierStokes. The possible formation of singularities in SQG remains unsolved. There is also interest in possible blowup of active scalar equations with more singular constitutive laws and in questions relating to long time behavior in the limit of small dissipative mechanisms. Our goal in this interdisciplinary workshop is to familiarize mathematicians and atmosphere/ocean scientists with ongoing research outside of their fields, and possibly fertilize new work within both groups.
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Stability, Energetics, and Turbulent Transport in Astrophysical, Fusion, and Solar Plasmas: Unifying Theoretical and Computational Tools
812 April 2013
Program Organizers: Matthew Kunz (Chair), Jeremy Goodman, Greg Hammett, Hantao Ji, Stewart Prager, Alex Schekochihin, Anatoly Spitkovsky, Jim Stone
The principal goal of this workshop is to successfully disseminate research strategies across multiple platforms of plasma physics aimed at acquiring a better understanding of stability, energetics, and turbulent transport in astrophysical, fusion, and solar plasmas. While there are several inherent differences in astrophysical, fusion, and solar plasmas, many of the emergent phenomena and the techniques employed to study them display remarkable universality. Despite this universality, many techniques and approaches have yet to permeate all subfields of plasma physics. Accordingly, this workshop's focus is on sharing resources and investigational expertise, rather than solely on results. Speakers will identify and accentuate areas of common ground and use these "commonground" parts of their own research as launching points to stimulate vigorous discussion, provoke interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage a wider practice of analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques that are commonplace in one subfield but not in another. If broadly and cooperatively applied, these techniques could lead to advancements in our understanding of, e.g., magnetorotationally driven turbulence in accretion disks; shearflow suppression of turbulent transport and generation of transport barriers in tokamaks; subcritical transitions to instability in accretion disks and fusion devices; smallscale plasma instabilities in the solar wind, galaxy clusters, and hot accretion flows; particle heating in astrophysical plasmas and the solar wind; and, nonlocality, anisotropy, and mesoscale structure in turbulent flows.
at this link http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~kunz/Site/Plasmas/Welcome.html
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Higgs Physics After Discovery
Program Organizers: Nathaniel Craig (IAS/Rutgers), Sue Ann Koay (Princeton), Mariangela Lisanti (PCTS)
In light of the LHC's recent discovery of a Higgslike particle, it is of critical importance to characterize the properties of this new particle and understand its implications for new physics. Close collaboration between theorists and experimentalists will be of paramount importance during this period, as information garnered in Higgs searches may be rapidly used to characterize the Higgs sector and develop new measurements to refine our understanding of the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking. The primary purpose of this program is to foster increased communication about Higgsrelated developments at the LHC between experimentalists and theorists at local institutions through a seminar series and twoday workshop.
Higgs Physics After Discovery Seminar Series:
Updated Higgs Results from the HCP Symposium "  C
Higgs Physics After Discovery Conference: 2526 April 2013
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Conference talks may be viewed by clicking on this link: http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?ovw=True&confId=248303
Revealing Radiative Processes Near Black Holes
13 May 2013
Program Organizers: Adam Burrows, Joshua Dolence, Anatoly Spitkovsky, James Stone, Alexdander Tchekhovskoy and
Avery Broderick (Perimeter Institute)
A confluence of developments in theoretical and observational techniques has recently enabled the study of the dynamics and properties of emission regions near black holes in unprecedented detail. This workshop brings together experts in modeling black hole accretion, jets, and their radiation to constrain the physics of matter under extreme conditions  near event horizons of black holes.
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Cosmology in the Planck Era
67 June 2013
REGISTER HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AND IS NOW CLOSED.
Program Organizers: Aurelien Fraisse and William C. Jones
"The first cosmological release from the Planck mission has provided the community with an unprecedented wealth of cosmological and astrophysical information on a wide range of angular scales. Although this meeting will include review talks on some of these results, its main goal is to discuss what can be done with the now publicly available data. We will also discuss the new science opportunities that arise from combining the Planck data with upcoming data sets from current and future CMB polarization experiments.
The meeting will be divided in four sessions:
 Planck implications for inflation / the early Universe,
 Planck implications for SZ physics,
 Planck and the largescale structure of the Universe, and
 CMB polarization on small and large scales.
A strong emphasis will be placed on discussions, which will be fueled by both invited and contributed talks.
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