2012 Summer Simons Workshop in Mathematics and Physics July 30 – August 17

Superconformal Theories in Diverse Dimensions July 30-August 17 Scientific advisor: Cumrun Vafa (Harvard) Local coordinator: Martin Rocek     Schedule of Events: 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, … Read more

Graduate Summer School on String Phenomenology, July 2 – 13, 2012

July 2 – July 13, 2012 String theory is not just a quantum theory of gravity; it is also a powerful framework to address fundamental questions about our world. String phenomenology attempts to derive testable predictions for our four-dimensional world from the fundamental 10/11 dimensional string/M-theory. Significant progress has been made in this direction in … Read more

Algebraic Topology, Field Theory and Strings 5/21/12 – 5/25/12

Organized by Dan Freed, Constantin Teleman and Greg Moore This final workshop of the Algebraic Topology with Applications to Physics  program presents recent ideas at the interfaces of topology, higher algebraic structures, representation theory, quantum field theory, and integrable systems.              

String Theory for Mathematicians 5/14/12 – 5/18/12

“In this workshop, we will bring algebraic geometers and string theorists together to discuss these topics and identify new topics of common interest.  We particularly hope to attract algebraic geometers who have not actively worked on string-related topics before, and to this end the workshop will include a series of introductory lectures for mathematicians, one … Read more

String Phenomenology, April 23rd – 27th, 2012

Organized by Mike Douglas, Gordon Kane and Dave Morrison String phenomenology is the field which attempts to make contact between string theory and “real world” physics such as experiments at particle colliders, cosmology and astroparticle physics.  Especially after the duality revolution of the 90’s, major progress has been made towards constructing string models which reproduce … Read more

F-theory Workshop, 3/19/12 – 3/23/12

Organized by Mike Douglas, Dave Morrison and Antonella Grassi This workshop will explore the recent progress in F-theory, including the detailed structure of elliptic fibrations on Calabi-Yau manifolds, techniques inspired by duality with the heterotic string, the role of flux, the relation to orientifold constructions, and applications to string phenomenology.  Participants will include both mathematicians … Read more

Manhattan Seminar – March 16, 2012

Simons Center Seminar in Manhattan March 16, 2012, 10:30AM – 5:30PM The Simons Center is holding a one-day seminar event at the Stony Brook Manhattan Campus on Friday, March 16, 2012. The focus is theoretical high energy physics and string theory, and may be of interest to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students working in these … Read more

Graduate Workshop, 3/5/2012-3/9/2012

Supersymmetric Field Theories and Their Mathematical Implications Organized by Dan Freed, Constantin Teleman and Greg Moore Over the past two decades, ideas and methods from supersymmetric quantum field theory have spearheaded breathtaking advances in geometry and topology. This one-week graduate workshop will offer a basic introduction to the notions and language of the physics underlying … Read more

Simons Center Program on Algebraic Topology with Applications to Physics

Simons Center Program on Algebraic Topology with Applications to Physics Spring 2012 During the Spring of 2012, the Simons Center will have a program in various aspects of algebraic topology with applications to physics. The program is organized by Dan Freed and Greg Moore, who will make regular week-long visits to the Center during the … Read more

Simons Center Program on String Compactification

Simons Center Program on String Compactification Spring 2012 Program Description. In 1985, it was shown by Candelas et al that compactification of the heterotic string on a Calabi-Yau manifold could lead to models similar to the Standard Model of particle physics, and `beyond the Standard Model’ extensions such as grand unification and supersymmetry. Over the … Read more