Black hole physics from strongly coupled thermal dynamics: May 12 – June 13, 2025

Organized by: Sera Cremonini ( Lehigh University) Robin Karlsson (CERN) Pavel Kovtun (University of Victoria) Hong Liu (MIT) Andrei Parnachev (Trinity College Dublin) There have been exciting recent advancements in various aspects of holography, black hole physics, and thermal quantum matter. This progress underscores the need for a platform where researchers from these fields can … Read more

Supersymmetric Quantum Field Theories, Vertex Operator Algebras, and Geometry: March 17th – April 18th, 2025

Organized by: Tomoyuki Arakawa (Kyoto University) Christopher Beem (University of Oxford) Thomas Creutzig (University of Albert)  Leonardo Rastelli (Stony Brook University) Brandon Rayhaun (Stony Brook University) Supersymmetric quantum field theories (SQFTs) have been intensely researched by both physicists and mathematicians for decades. For physicists, they furnish computationally and conceptually tractable models from which one may … Read more

Recent developments in higher genus curve counting: January 6 – February 28, 2025

Organized by: Qile Chen (Boston College) Felix Janda (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Sheldon Katz (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Melissa Liu (Columbia University) John Pardon (SCGP) Rachel Webb (Cornell University) Modern curve-counting theories were in part inspired by the work of physicists yet have active lives of their own as interesting and rich mathematical notions with … Read more

Random paths to QFT: New probabilistic approaches to field theory: October 14- November 22, 2024

Organized by: Denis Bernard (ENS, Paris) Massimiliano Gubinelli (University of Oxford) Antti Kuipianen (University of Helsinki) Nikita Nekrasov (SCGP) Remi Rhodes (Aix-Marseille University) In recent years, new probabilistic methods were developed to offer a rigorous approach to constructing Euclidean path integral measures for several interacting quantum field theories, including the Liouville theory in d=2 and … Read more

Non-Hermitian topology, geometry and symmetry across physical platforms: September 3 – October 11, 2024

Organizing by: • Sayed Ali Akbar Ghorashi (Stony Brook University) • Jennifer Cano (Stony Brook University) • Masatoshi Sato (Yukawa institute and Kyoto University) • Titus Neupert (Zurich) • Shinsei Ryu (Princeton) Over the last few years there has been a new resurrection of non-Hermitian physics across various fields in both classical and quantum physics, … Read more

New Directions in far from Equilibrium Integrability and beyond: March 11, 2024 – May 10, 2024

Organizing by: Alexander Abanov (Stony Brook University) Boris Altshuler (Columbia University) Natan Andrei (Rutgers University) Hrachya Babujian (Alikhanian National Lab, Yerevan Physics Institute) Lea Santos (University of Connecticut) Tigran Sedrakyan (University of Massachusetts) Emil Yuzbashyan (Rutgers University) The field of far from equilibrium many-body quantum systems is on the verge of a breakthrough both theoretically … Read more

Solving N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory via Scattering Amplitudes: January 8, 2024 – March 8, 2024

Organizing by: Benjamin Basso (Ecole Normale Superieure), Lance Dixon (SLAC/Stanford U.) Jaroslav Trnka (UC Davis) Anastasia Volovich (Brown) This program will bring together physicists and mathematicians with expertise in different facets of particle scattering in planar N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory, in order to try to solve the theory for generic values of the coupling and kinematical … Read more

Geometric, Algebraic, and Physical structures around the moduli of Meromorphic Quadratic Differentials: May 13, 2024 – June 21, 2024

Organizing by: Tom Bridgeland (University of Sheffield, UK) Samuel Grushevsky (Stony Brook University, USA) Andrew Neitzke (Yale University, USA) Martin Moeller (Universitaet Frankfurt, Germany) This program in Mathematics is inspired by a circle of ideas originating in quantum field theory and string theory, particularly the study of the quantum field theories “of class S”. These … Read more

Fluctuations, Entanglements, and Chaos: Exact Results: August 28, 2023-October 6, 2023

Organized by: D. Bernard, B. Bertini, F. H. L. Essler, V. Khemani and T. Prosen Experimental advances in ultra-cold atomic physics and building quantum simulators have opened up new research areas in quantum many-body physics focused on inherently dynamical properties. Examples of fundamental questions that have been investigated in the last few years included characterizing … Read more

Spring 2024 Physics Seminar

The Physics Seminar will take place Wednesdays at 2:00pm in SCGP 313 unless otherwise noted below. DATE TITLE SPEAKER ABSTRACT 2/7/24 On Fermi surfaces: emergent symmetries and anomalies Dominic Else Abstract 2/14/24 Equivariant localization for AdS/CFT Pietro Benetti Genolini Abstract 2/28/24 Two dimensional QCD as a string theory Ofer Aharony Abstract 3/6/24 Stretched horizon, replica … Read more