Higgs Centre School of Theoretical Physics 2017

29.05.2017 to 02.06.2017
Luigi Del Debbio (Edinburgh), Einan Gardi (Edinburgh), John March-Russell (Oxford), Silvia Pascoli (IPPP, Durham), Roman Zwicky (Edinburgh)

Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, JCMB, Edinburgh

Key Speakers:
Zohar Komargodski (Weizmann), Gavin Salam (CERN)

The third edition of the Higgs Centre School of Theoretical Physics will take place in May 29- June 2, 2017 at the Higgs Centre, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Edinburgh. The scientific programme starts at 9:00 on Monday, May 29th, and ends at 16:00 on Friday, June 2nd. The School comprises two in-depth lecture series, each involving five 2-hours lectures delivered on the blackboard, and a similar number of tutorials. For this year's School we are delighted to have:


Gavin Salam (CERN):  "Jet physics at the LHC”

Lectures: Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:00, Lecture Theatre A.
Tutorials: Monday through Friday, 11:30-13:00 in JCMB 3217 Teaching Studio.

  • Physics uses of jets

  • QCD splitting and infrared and collinear safety

  • Modern jet algorithms as projections

  • Experimental considerations (noise, pileup removal)

  • Jet finding and computational geometry

  • Principles behind optimisation of jet finding for measurements and searches

  • Jet substructure: boosted object identification at the energy frontier

  • Jet substructure: QCD-derived understanding

  • Practical jet finding: FastJet

Related material can be found here.

Video recordings: lecture 1, lecture 2, lecture 3, lecture 4, lecture 5, lecture 6, lecture 7, lecture 8, lecture 9, lecture 10


Zohar Komargodski  (Weizmann):  "Aspects of Renormalization Group Flows"

Lectures: Monday through Friday 14:00-16:00 in Lecture Theatre A. 
Tutorials: Monday through Thursday, 16:30-18:00 in JCMB 3217 Teaching Studio.

  • Conformal Field Theories and Conformal Perturbation Theory
  • Trace Anomalies, ’t Hooft Anomalies, Gravitational Anomalies in 1+1 Dimensions 
  • Monotonicity Theorems from Old and New Points of View
  • 2+1 Dimensional Theories beyond Landau-Ginzburg Theory
  • Discrete Anomalies in Various Dimensions  

Related material can be found here.

Video recordings of Zohar Komargodski: lecture 1, lecture 2, lecture 3, lecture 4, lecture 5, lecture 6lecture 7, lecture 8

Final lectures given by Vladimir Prochazka: lecture 9, lecture 10


The School's main target audience is PhD students working in Theoretical Particle Physics, in their second year on. Postdoctoral researches are also encouraged to participate.  The School is free of charge for all participants and is funded by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics (Edinburgh) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (Durham). We are providing dinner for all participants on the evening of Thursday June 1st. The free student accommodation places are now full and so accommodation should be arranged independently, a few options are available here.  All partcipants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. 

There is a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 1st June, 8pm at the Amber Restaurant, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Edinburgh is well served by trains and planes. Details on getting from the City Centre to JCMB here. A map of the Kings Buildings campus here.

For any question concerning the School please contact the Higgs Centre secretary Lyndsey Ballantyne at l.ballantyne [at] ed.ac.uk

Funding is provided by: 


The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics (University of Edinburgh) 




The Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (Durham University)





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