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Journey to the Center of the Bulk
October 20-22, 2016
Workshop Organizers: Mark Mezei (PCTS), Eric Perlmutter (PU), and Herman Verlinde (PCTS, PU)
This workshop will unify two broad topics of recent interest, brought together by the AdS/CFT correspondence: the construction of novel probes of spacetime dynamics in gravity and string theory, and non-perturbative methods for constraining the space of unitary CFTs and theories of AdS quantum gravity. Through the lens of quantum chaos, entanglement dynamics and the conformal bootstrap at large central charge, the workshop aims to illuminate the structure of holographic CFTs and the mechanism of emergence of classical geometry.
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Non-WIMP Dark Matter
November 11-13, 2016
Workshop Organizers: Yonatan Kahn (PU) and Mariangela Lisanti (PU)
The gravitational evidence for dark matter has been amassing for nearly a century and now has overwhelming experimental support. Despite this, there has been no unambiguous identification of dark matter in any terrestrial or astrophysical experiment. Discovering the nature of dark matter is one of the most pressing theoretical and experimental questions facing physics today. The standard theoretical paradigm for dark matter, the “WIMP” or weakly interacting massive particle, is becoming increasingly constrained by experiment. This workshop will bring together high-energy theorists and experimentalists, numerical simulators, cosmologists, and observational astronomers to discuss the most promising approaches to dark matter discovery in regions of parameter space beyond the traditional WIMP.
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Plasma Processes in Astrophysics and Fusion Energy: A Workshop of the Max-Planck/Princeton Center for Plasma Physics
December 5-8, 2016
Workshop Organizers: PPPL: A. Bhattacharjee, G. Hammett, G. Fu, H. Ji, S. Prager
Princeton Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences: J. Stone
Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics: S. Guenter, P. Helander, F. Jenko, P. Lauber
Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research: J. Buechner
Technical University of Berlin: W-C Mueller
UCLA: F. Jenko
The program will focus on plasma astrophysics and fusion plasma physics, with an emphasis on links between the two. It brings together multiple communities: laboratory plasma physicists, astrophysicists, solar system physicists, experimenters and (to a lesser extent) observers. The unifying theme is that common plasma processes underlie a broad range of phenomena in both astrophysical and fusion plasmas.
This program constitutes a workshop of the Max-Planck/Princeton Center for Plasma Physics (MPPC), which has a goal of combining the resources (human and experimental) of the two partners for unique advance in four topical areas of the center (magnetic reconnection, plasma turbulence, energetic particles, and the magnetorotational instability). The program will consist of plenary talks (from both center members and invited outside speakers) and working breakout sessions in each of the four topical areas.
This workshop is sponsored and organized by PPPL, with support from PCTS.
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Hyperuniform States of Matter in Physics, Mathematics and Biology
December 14-16, 2016
Program Organizers: Salvatore Torquato (PU) and Paul Steinhardt (PU)
The connections of hyperuniformity to many different areas of fundamental science appear to be profound and yet our understanding of these unusual states of matter is only in its infancy. The aim of this program is to foster the interchange of ideas between different fields by bringing together a diverse group of physicists, chemists, materials scientists, mathematicians and biologists to investigate hyperuniformity and its consequences as well as to integrate ideas across fields. Besides disordered hyperuniform materials, the workshop will explore periodic and quasiperiodic materials under the lens of
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New Developments in Conformal Field Theory Above Two Dimensions (CFT)
March 6-8, 2017
Program Organizers: Simone Giombi, Igor Klebanov, Bruno Le Floch and Silviu Pufu (All from Princeton University)
While much has been known about CFTs in two space-time dimensions for a long time, the study of CFTs in more than two space-time dimensions has been undergoing signicant progress. This workshop will include extensive studies of three dimensional CFTs, such as the Wilson-Fisher, QED3, Gross-Neveu and Nambu-Jona-Lasinio mod
els. These models may have applications to condensed matter and statistical systems, but they are also very interesting for theoretical reasons.
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The Quantum Hall Effect: Past, Present & Future (QHE)
March 8-10, 2017
The quantum Hall effect remains the cornerstone of our understanding of topological physics. One of the reasons for its continued relevance is consistent experimental progress, including new materials (e.g., graphene and zinc oxide) and even new platforms (optical cavities and photonic devices). It is also experiencing a theoretical revival due to a new understanding of the half-filled Landau level, and to intense interest in the interplay between quantum Hall states and geometry. This workshop will focus on recent advances in quantum Hall physics, with the aim to bring together different experimental and theoretical communities.
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CSI: Princeton -- A Definitive Investigation of the Core-Collapse Supernova Cassiopeia A
April 17-19, 2017
Program Organizers: Adam Burrows (Princeton); Dan Milisavljevic (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics);Nathan Smith (University of Arizona); Armin Rest (Space Telescope Science Institute);Daniel Patnaude (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
Core-collapse supernovae are among the most powerful and consequential explosions in the universe. It is increasingly clear, however, that our understanding of core-collapse supernovae is incomplete. Developing a coherent understanding of the complex dynamical processes associated with the deaths of massive stars requires the cooperative expertise of a wide variety of scientists. To this end, we are organizing a workshop to be hosted at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science that seeks to bring
together an interdisciplinary group of scientists to perform an holistic case study (i.e., ``Crime Scene Investigation" or CSI) of a prototypical example: the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A). Topics to be covered include pre-supernova evolution and mass loss, explosion mechanisms, progenitor systems, explosive nucleosynthesis, dust, morphology, and mixing. The definitive understanding we wish to achieve by examining Cas A in fine detail will be extended to a larger family of core-collapse supernovae and closely related analog objects.
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PCTS Annual Lecturer 2017
May 1-5, 2017
Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania
Schedule of Talks and Seminars to be announced soon.
Bangs, Bounces, Black Holes, and Bubbles: Where General Relativity meets Cosmology.
May 11-13, 2017
Program Organizers: Anna Ijjas (PCTS), Paul J. Steinhardt (PCTS-Princeton)
Jean-Luc Lehners (MPG), Hermann Nicolai (MPG)
The time is ripe for a closer interaction between theorists exploring cosmology and general relativity (GR). Cosmology drives GR to the extreme near the big-bang singularity, which is the biggest and most important unsolved problem in early-universe cosmology. Some of the leading issues being explored today include whether a cosmological bounce is possible, whether such a bounce can be non-singular, whether it is possible to quantum
tunnel from a contracting state well approximated by classical GR to an expanding state well approximated by classical GR, what the implications of the BKL-behavior are and how a chaotic mixmaster collapse can be avoided to preserve/create a smooth and flat cosmological background before and after a bounce. For each of these issues concerning a cosmic singularity, there is a corresponding question about black hole singularities, providing a tight link between cosmology and GR.
This program is designed to bring together theorists from the cosmology and GR communities and promote novel collaborations among them, with the aim of establishing a new active area of research at the intersection of the two subjects. It is the first program of its kind.
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