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Floer homology in low-dimensional topology

Organized by: Matthew Hedden, Tom Mrowka, Olga Plamenevskaya, Jacob Rasmussen April 27-May 1, 2020  This workshop will explore topics of current interest in the theory of Floer homology for 3-manifolds. Floer homology is a powerful tool for studying the topology of 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds, and the relations between them. The first such invariants were […]

New directions in topological phases: from fractons to spatial symmetries: April 13-17, 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 a gapped phase which is “non-trivial” (cannot be deformed to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Simons Summer Workshop: July 15 – August 9, 2019

Scientific organizers: Marilena Loverde and Cumrun Vafa, Local organizer: Martin RocekThis Workshop is the twelfth conducted by the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook and the seventeenth in the series Simons Summer Workshops. This year’s summer workshop will focus on cosmology and its realization in string theory.  We review the status of […]

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 […]

Quantum-Mechanical Systems at Large Quantum Number: August 26 – September 20, 2019

Organized by: Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Simeon Hellerman, Domenico Orlando, and Susanne Reffert QFT is the basic paradigm for the description of condensed matter physics and high-energy particle physics. Despite decades of research, strongly coupled regimes of QFT are largely inaccessible to analytic methods, even though important progress has come from the conformal bootstrap and non-Lagrangian methods. […]

Holiday Card 2018

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 […]


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. […]

2018-19 Science Playwriting Competition is back!!! – Deadline for Submission, February 15, 2019

The Science Playwriting Competition is back! The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, announce a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2019 SBU Science Playwriting Competition: The organizers are calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose an […]