Simons Summer Workshop in Mathematics and Physics 2011

Integrable Structures and Low Dimensional Geometries

July 25 – August 19

Scientific advisor: Cumrun Vafa (Harvard)
Local coordinator: Martin Rocek

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We are pleased to announce the 2011 Summer Simons Workshop in Mathematics and Physics from July 25 to August 19. This is the fourth Summer Workshop conducted by the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook. The Center’s mission is to develop the interaction of geometry in the broadest sense with theoretical physics, and is rooted in a long tradition of engagement between Mathematics and Physics here at Stony Brook, and ultimately in the centuries-long history of these two fields. The Stony Brook tradition is exemplified by the joint ITP-Math seminars initiated by Jim Simons and Frank Yang in the 1970’s; these stimulated interest worldwide in the mathematics of gauge theories. This workshop is also a continuation of eight previous Simons Workshops; like them, it will focus on the intersection between physics and mathematics, particularly in the context of string theory. One of the principal themes of this workshop will be Integrable Structures and Low Dimensional Geometries.

The original workshops were strikingly successful. Some of the many papers that they led to can be found here.

As in the previous summer workshops, we hope to facilitate an informal yet vibrant atmosphere, in which a core of leading researchers interact together and with promising junior physicists and mathematicians. The program will be light, with a mix of both pedagogical and research talks. As at the previous workshops, Cumrun Vafa (Harvard Univ.) will serve as Scientific Advisor, in residence for the duration of the workshop.

 

Details from previous workshop can be found on the YITP webpage:

http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork8/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork7/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork6/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork5/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork4/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork3/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonsworkII/
http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/itp/conf/simonswork/

Further details of this summer’s workshop will be posted here as they become available.

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2011-Summer-Workshop-Poster

 

All talks will be held in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Room 102

Speakers and titles will be added to the schedule throughout the workshop:

**Lunch will be served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Simons Center Café, 2nd floor from 12:00pm – 2:00pm**

**Lunch will be served on Wednesday’s at Smith Point Beach**

 


July 25, 2011, Monday
9:00AM Breakfast
9:45AM Welcome and Orientation
10:00AM Clay Cordova: BPS Quiver Theories video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
July 26, 2011, Tuesday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Masahito Yamazaki: “3d Susy Gauge Theories and Hyperbolic Geometry” video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
5:30PM

 


Concert: Ray Anderson Quartet, SCGP Auditorium Room 103
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Video: part1, part2
July 27, 2011, Wednesday
9:00AM Breakfast
11:00AM at Smith Point Beach (meet at department for 10:00 departure if you need or can offer transportation) Sergei Gukov “Combinatorics of 3-manifolds and 3d gauge theories” video
July 28, 2011, Thursday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Jim Simons: “Origin of Chern-Simons” video
2:00PM Cumrun Vafa “M+W=T: an explanation of DGG” video
3:30PM Tea
7:00PM Party at Cumrun Vafa’s
July 29, 2011, Friday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Miranda Cheng “K3, Mathieu Group, and Holographic Moonshine” video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
August 1, 2010, Monday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Mina Aganagic: “Knot Homology from Refined Chern-Simons Theory” video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
August 2, 2011, Tuesday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Andrei Marshakov: “Quivers, cluster variables and integrable systems” video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM

 

 

7:00PM

 

 

 

Concert by world renown pianist Leon Livshin, and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Juliana Fazzone

Tea

 

Video

 

Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103. Doors at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30

August 3, 2011, Wednesday
9:00AM Breakfast
11:00AM at Smith Point Beach (meet at department for 10:00 departure if you need or can offer transportation) Alexei Morozov “A Simple Formula for Superseries of Toric Knots and Links” video
August 4, 2011, Thursday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Robbert Dijkgraaf: “Quantum Geometry of Refined Topological Strings” Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
6:00PM Party at Simons’
August 5, 2011, Friday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Marcos Marino: “Torus Knots and Mirror Symmetry” Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
August 8, 2011, Monday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Vasily Pestun: “‘t Hooft Loops in N=2 Supersymmetric Gauge Theories on S^4”

Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
August 9, 2011, Tuesday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Piljin Yi: “Ab Initio Wall-Crossing” Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
5:00PM

 

6:00pm

Wine and Cheese Reception:

 

Concert by renown pianist Leon Livshin

Leon Livshin Program 8-9

Video

Leon Livshin Biography

August 10, 2011, Wednesday
9:00AM Breakfast
11:00AM at Smith Point Beach (meet at department for 10:00 departure if you need or can offer transportation) Anton Kapustin: “Three-dimensional Avatars of Seiberg Duality” Video
August 11, 2011, Thursday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Daniel Jafferis: “Three Sphere Partition Functions and 3d F-theorem”. Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
7:00PM Party at Martin Rocek’s
August 12, 2011, Friday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Kazuhiro Hikami: “Volume Conjecture and Quantum Dilogarithm Function” Video: part1, part2
2:30PM Informal discussions
3:30PM Tea
August 15, 2011, Monday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Vivek Shende: “D2-D0 branes wrapping singular curves, and knot homology” Video: part1, part2
2:00PM Emanuel Diaconescu Video
3:30PM Tea
August 16, 2011, Tuesday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Mike Douglas: “Does String Theory Predict Low Energy Supersymmetry?” Video: part1, part2
2:00PM Daniel Robbins: “Higher Derivative Corrections to D-brane Actions from T-duality and Disc Amplitudes”
3:30PM Tea
5:00pm

 

6:00PM

Wine and cheese reception

Leslie Valentine, mezzo-soprano and Daniel Ragone, piano

Piano Recital, SCGP Auditorium, Room 103

Video: part1, part2

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August 17, 2011, Wednesday
9:00AM Breakfast
11:00AM at Smith Point Beach (meet at department for 10:00 departure if you need or can offer transportation) Igor Klebanov: Measuring the Number of Degrees of Freedom in CFT Video
August 18, 2011, Thursday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM Nathan Berkovits: “Geometric Origin of Pure Spinors.” Video: part1, part2
2:00PM Informal Discussions
3:30PM Tea
7:00PM Party at John Morgan’s
August 19, 2011, Friday
9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM
Nick Halmagyi: Title: Supersymmetry breaking in conifold backgrounds.
Abstract: I will outline work done in the last 2 years to understand metastable susy breaking in conifold backgrounds.
Video: part1, part2
2:00PM Balt Van Rees: A natural language for Ads/CFT correlators Informal discussions: Video
3:30PM Tea