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Applications of gauge topology, holography and string models to QCD June 8-12, 2020

Organized by: Massimo D’Elia, Jeff Greensite, Elias Kiritsis, Zohar Komargodski, Edward Shuryak, Jacob Sonnenschein, Ismail Zahed. Understanding gauge field dynamics at the non-perturbative level, in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) has been a persistent challenge. Lattice gauge theories solve these issues from first principles, on supercomputers. Semiclassical methods rely on dynamics of gluonic solitons – instantons, monopoles, instanton-dyons […]

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Karen Uhlenbeck Wins Abel Prize

Photo by Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is thrilled to congratulate Karen Uhlenbeck for having been awarded the 2019 Abel Prize. The prize, created by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognizes contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence, and is […]

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C*-algebras, K-theories and Noncommutative Geometries of Correlated Condensed Matter Systems: May 18-22, 2020

Organized by: Emil Prodan, Anton Kapustin and Nigel Higson The uncorrelated topological phases of matter are relatively well understood by now, even in the regime of strong disorder. Since C*-algebras, K-theory and noncommutative geometry (NCG) have been critical to that understanding, they might also expected to supply a mathematical framework for the study of phases […]

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The mission of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is to further fundamental research in geometry and theoretical physics, specifically at the interface of these two fields.  The Center supports collaborative research at the frontiers of mathematics and physics, and is committed to sharing this knowledge with the broader community.   As government funding for […]

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Applications of Random Matrix Theory to many-body physics: September 16 – 20, 2019.

Organized by Boris Altshuler, Anatoly Dymarsky, Lea Santos, Jacobus Verbaarschot. One of the most fundamental questions of quantum dynamics is how a many-body quantum system approaches equilibrium. At the classical level, equilibration of many-body systems is well understood, with all relevant timescales being mapped out microscopically. Similarly the relation between equilibration of classical many-body systems […]

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Remembering Professor Tohru Eguchi

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Professor Tohru Eguhi, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics Kyoto University. A towering figure in Japanese theoretical physics, he had a lasting and varied impact on the field, and recently wrote a deep and influential contribution on the theory of moonshine phenomena. He participated in […]

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The Simons Center Remembers Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Atiyah at the Simons Center in 2011 Sir Michael Atiyah, celebrated mathematician and Retired and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, died at the age of 89 on Friday January 11, 2019. Recipient of the Fields Medal in 1966 and Abel Prize in 2004, he was best known for his […]

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Happy Holidays from the Simons Center

A Word from the Director In 2018 the Simons Center hosted a near record number of scientific workshops and programs, and broadened our outreach activities to expand the Center’s public reach to our community. Fostering the dissemination of high quality scientific research is an important part of the Center’s mission. Coinciding with this, we are […]

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A History of the r-process by James M. Lattimer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University. Full article can be found on page 19 of SCGP News Vol XI M. Burbridge, Rev. Mod. Phys. 29 547 (1957). D. D. Clayton, Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, 2nd ed., Univ. of Chicago Press (1984). J. […]

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Geometrical aspects of topological phases of matter: spatial symmetries, fractons and beyond: April 13-June 5, 2020

Organized by: Jennifer Cano, Dominic Else, Andrey Gromov, Siddharth Parameswaran, and Yizhi You Topological phases of matter are a long-standing subject of interest in the condensed matter community, and increasingly relevant to issues in high-energy physics. A topological phase is traditionally defined to be one which is “non-trivial” (cannot be deformed to a trivial insulator […]

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