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2014-2015 PROGRAMS

PRINCIPAL PROGRAMS:

String Cosmology
October 24-25, 2014

Majorana Zero Modes and Beyond
October 29-31, 2014

Higher Spin Symmetries and Conformal Bootstrap
November 6-7, 2014

Numerical Approaches to Nonadiabatic Dynamics
November 21-22, 2014

Accelerating Cosmic-Ray Comprehension!
April 12-15, 2015

Intracellular Phase Transitions: RNA, Protein, Lipids and Beyond
April 20-22, 2015

Ice Nucleation
April 23-24, 2015

Topological and Strongly Correlated Phases in Cold Atoms
April 29-May 1, 2015

Director's Lecture 2015

PCTS Annual Lecturer 2015

and more to come

   

 

   

PROGRAMS 2014-2015
(Listed in chronological order, so scroll down to see all programs.)

String Cosmology
24-25 October 2014

Workshop Organizers: Herman Verlinde

Abstract is forthcoming.

Majorana Zero Modes and Beyond
29-31 October 2014

Workshop Organizers: Yi Li, Titus Neupert, Phuan Ong, Shivaji Sondhi, Curt von Keyserlingk, Ali Yazdani

The Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS) will hold a special event on October 29-31, 2014. This workshop will bring together experimentalists and theorists to discuss the recent progress in the search for Majorana bound states regarding their realization, detection, and manipulation in solid-state systems. Furthermore, this workshop will highlight recent theoretical proposals for other novel topological states with non-Abelian excitations; in particular systems supporting parafermion bound states.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and will be hosted at the PCTS conference center, located within the Physics Department of Princeton University.

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION

The workshop is by invitation only. Please send any questions to cborsack@princeton.edu


Higher Spin Symmetries and Conformal Bootstrap
6-7 November 2014

Workshop Organizer: Simone Giombi, Igor Klebanov, Silviu Pufu, Ran Yacoby

From a theoretical point of view, conformal field theories (CFTs) are crucial for our understanding of the renormalization group, because they represent endpoints of Lorentz-invariant renormalization group flows. This workshop will focus on the renewed interest in conformal field theories in more than two space-time dimensions, both abstractly through the conformal bootstrap program, as well as in relation with the higher-spin theories.

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION


Program Organizers: Timothy Berkelbach and David Limmer

The simulation of molecular dynamics occurring on the adiabatic electronic ground state is now a mature field, which is regularly used to investigate problems in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science with atomistic detail.  However, many important problems - such as those in photochemistry or catalysis - violate the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and exhibit nuclear dynamics that proceed within a manifold of electronic states.  

To theoretically describe such processes requires the inclusion of electronically nonadiabatic effects.  A variety of approximate numerical approaches have been developed over the years to attack this problem with mixed success.  This workshop will bring together researchers pursuing state-of-the-art numerical techniques for a critical evaluation of the state of the field.  The program will be geared towards identifying the successes and failures of existing methodologies, so as to identify the most important unsolved problems and set the agenda for future research.

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION

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Accelerating Cosmic-Ray Comprehension
12-15 April 2015

Program Organizers: Damiano Caprioli, Anatoly Spitkovsky, Lorenzo Sironi, Benoit Cerutti, Eve Ostriker, James Stone

The Earth is relentlessly bombarded by ultra-relativistic particles produced in cosmic accelerators. These cosmic-ray sources also show prominent non-thermal emission, offering us a direct insight into the physical processes able to produce the most-energetic particles in the Universe. The aim of this program is to bring together a selected pool of scientists, with mixed observational and theoretical skills, to illustrate the wealth of new data provided by the present generation of experiments, and to discuss successes and issues of current theoretical models of particle acceleration and transport.
Moreover, special attention will be given to the still poorly-understood role of cosmic rays in galactic dynamics.

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION

This program will be by invitation only.


Intracellular Phase Transitions: RNA, Protein, Lipids and Beyond
20-22 April 2015

Program Organizers: Cliff Brangwynne (Princeton CBE); Mikko Haataja (Princeton MAE); Ned Wingreen (Princeton MolBio)

Phase Transitions have emerged as a powerful and ubiquitous organizing principle within living cells. 2D phase transitions in lipid bilayers may serve as a mechanism for organizing membranes and associated signal transduction networks. More recently, 3D liquid-liquid phase transitions have been shown to occur within the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm of living cells, and appear to underlie the assembly of RNA/protein organelles. This workshop will bring together researchers at the cutting edge of theoretical and experimental work to understand the rules governing these phase transitions, and how they are coupled to a host of biological functions, from signal transduction to gene regulation. 

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION


Ice Nucleation
20-22 April 2015

Program Organizers: Roberto Car, Pablo Debenedetti, Frank Stillinger

Despite the importance and ubiquity of the phenomenon, the precise microscopic mechanism of ice nucleation is not well understood, neither do we possess quantitative, predictive knowledge of homogeneous or heterogeneous ice nucleation rates. Because of the central role of ice formation in atmospheric processes, food preservation, and setting a key boundary for the possibility of life under extreme conditions, there exists a large community of experimental and computational scientists working on the problem of understanding, measuring and computing the mechanisms and rates of ice formation under a very broad range of conditions. A two-day workshop that brings together leading theoretical, computational and experimental scientists from among the unusually broad community of researchers interested in ice nucleation has the potential for shaping the research agenda for the next decade in this important area. Some of the topics and questions that would be addressed include:

  • *Mechanism of homogeneous ice nucleation under atmospherically-relevant conditions.
  • *Rate of homogeneous ice nucleation.
  • *Influence of different kinds of surfaces on mechanisms and rates of heterogeneous ice nucleation.
  • * Ice nucleation under extreme conditions (nucleation of different ice polymorphs).
  • *What determines the formation of amorphous vs crystalline atmospheric aerosols?
  • *Computational methods for calculating nucleation rates.
  • *Relationship between ice nucleation and phase behavior of deeply supercooled water.
  • * Thermodynamic, structural and kinetic relationships between crystalline and amorphous ices.
  • *Ice structure: classical and ab-initio predictions.
  • *Ability of different water models to predict the phase behavior of crystalline water over broad ranges of temperature and pressure.
  • *Anti-freeze proteins: structure and mechanism of action.

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PROGRAM AGENDA(TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION


Topological and Strongly Correlated Phases in Cold Atoms
29 April - 1 May 2015

Program Organizers: Waseem Bakr, David Huse, Yi Li, Titus Neupert, Curt von Keyserlingk

Recently, ultra-cold atom systems have become a new frontier in quantum physics. The unique controllability in experiments provides a playground for studying exotic phenomena proposed in condensed matter, statistical physics, quantum information and high-energy physics.
Moreover, there is the exciting prospect of having novel topological and strongly interacting phenomena that are not easily accessible in usual solid-state systems, but realizable with cold atoms.

This program will consolidate the collaboration between cold atom experimentalists and theorists from all interested fields, to discuss new mechanisms, realizations, and detections of topological and strongly interacting phases in cold atom systems. Topics will include but will not limit to artificial gauge fields, topological band structures, fractional quantum Hall physics, Mott phases and ferromagnetic phases in cold atom systems. This program will start with 1 day of pedagogical tutorials and will be followed by 2 days of conference.

PROGRAM AGENDA (TBA)

HOTEL INFORMATION


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2008-9 PAST PROGRAMS at PCTS HERE

2007-8 FIRST PROGRAMS AT PCTS (click here)