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Future Prospects for Fundamental Particle Physics and Cosmology Workshop: May 4 – 8, 2015

Organized by Lars Brink, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, and Nikita Nekrasov
Dates: May 4 – 8, 2015

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Fundamental Particle Physics and Cosmology are both at fascinating crossroads. With the start of the LHC at CERN, the world’s most advanced particle accelerator it has finally been possible to probe particle physics at far higher energies than before. Even though it has run so far on only half of the maximal energy, the discovery of the Higgs particle (Nobel Prize 2013) has robustly confirmed the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism, which is a key ingredient of the Standard Model of particle physics. The most important future tasks will be to search for the other new particles, which could be candidates for dark matter particles, that have so far only been seen via their gravitational interactions or completely unexpected new particles that could teach us more about he physics beyond the Standard Model.

The era of the precision cosmology begun with the COBE experiment, which reported in 1992, for the first time, the detection of the fluctuations of the temperature of the cosmic microwave background radiation (Nobel Prize 2006). The series of experiments, which followed COBE delivered precise information about the state of the Universe at early times, when it was only about a few hundred thousand years old. One of the really outstanding problems of the modern particle physics and cosmology is to explain the origin of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The recent Plank mission measurements have delivered to us detailed information about the spectrum of the primordial fluctuations, which have lead to the formation of the structures in the Universe. It is thus clear that, under these conditions, the Planck results combined with possible discoveries of LHC will most likely modify in important ways particle physics and the theory of the very early universe.

This workshop will assemble leaders in the fields of theoretical particle physics and cosmology with the aim to develop a unified view of the future most promising prospects in fundamental physics in the area of particle physics and cosmology.

Future Prospects for Fundamental Particle Physics and Cosmology Schedule

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9:00am The Superspace Geometry of AdS5 X S5 John Schwarz video
10:30am Coffee Break SCGP Cafe
10:45am On Conformal Versus Scale Invariance in Four Dimensions Ivo Sachs video
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Cosmological billiards, E(10) and hidden symmetries of gravity Marc Henneaux video
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2:45pm K(E10) as an R symmetry of M theory Hermann Nicolai video
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4:15pm Coffee SCGP Cafe
4:30pm Some topics from high energy QCD George Sterman video
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9:00am Quanta of Geometry Ali Chamseddine video
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10:30am Coffee Break SCGP Cafe
10:45am Is Einstein’s Gravity an Effective Theory? Costas Bachas video
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12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Alexander Polyakov video
2:45pm What is Quantum Field Theory? Nathan Seiberg video
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4:15pm Coffee SCGP Cafe
4:30pm Cesar Gomez video
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9:00am Boris Altshuler video
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10:30am Coffee Break SCGP Cafe
10:45am Large N Graviton scattering, black hole & string production and some comments on string geometry Dieter Luest video
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12:10pm Lunch
1:15pm Constraining the properties of the Primordial seeds: Prospects for further progress Matias Zaldarriaga video
2:45pm Constraints on the primordial universe from CMB observations, present situation and future prospects. Jean-Loup Puget video
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4:15pm Coffee SCGP Cafe
4:30pm Unavoidable CMB Spectral Features and Blackbody Photosphere of Our Universe Rashid Sunyaev video

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9:00am The case for a Family Symmetry Pierre Ramond video
10:30am Coffee Break SCGP Cafe
10:45am Some Remarks On Time Dependence In String Theory Edward Witten video
11:45am Lunch
1:00pm Double Disk Dark Matter Lisa Randall video
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2:15pm Hidden Hyperbolic Kac-Moody Structures in Supergravity and a Possible Quantum Avoidance of Cosmological Singularities Thibault Damour video
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4:15pm Coffee SCGP Cafe

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9:30am Microscopic aspects of the formation of condensates Alexander Gorsky video
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10:00am Secularly growing loop corrections in de Sitter space Emil Akhmedov video
10:30am Coffee Break SCGP Cafe
11:00am Dark energy from contact terms Ariel Zhitnitsky video
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11:30am Discussions
12:00pm Lunch
2:15pm Coffee Math Common Room