New Directions in Theoretical Physics

Abstract

The Higgs Centre is organising a two-and-a-half day meeting on new directions in theoretical physics in early January, 2014. The aim is to explore and discuss new directions at the frontiers of theoretical physics in a broad range of topics, including astrophysics, cosmology, condensed matter, complex sytems and particle physics. We hope to encourage an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. The meeting will bring together international experts, many of whom are Associates or Affiliates of the Higgs Centre.

The meeting takes place immediately after the 2014 ATLAS UK physics meeting, which will be held in the same place between Monday and Wednesday. The Wednesday afternoon session will focus on the Higgs boson discovery and other developments at the LHC.

The meeting will take place in Appleton Tower at the University of Edinburgh, which is situated in the old town. It starts with lunch on Wednesday January 8th and ends after lunch on Friday January 10th. Upon arrival please come to the conference desk in the Appleton Tower concourse; the desk will open on the Wednesday at 11:00.

The Wednesday afternoon sessions are in Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 4.

The Thursday and Friday sessions are in Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3.


Timetable

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8 Jan / 14:00—14:10
Welcome and introduction (0h10′)
Speaker(s):
8 Jan / 14:10—15:00
The Higgs and the excessive success of the Standard Model (0h50′)
Speaker(s):
8 Jan / 15:00—16:00
Symmetry breaking and electroweak unification - an Imperial College perspective (1h00′)
Speaker(s):
  • Kibble, Tom (Imperial)
8 Jan / 16:30—17:10
Higgs interferometry (0h40′)
Speaker(s):
8 Jan / 17:10—17:40
The ubiquitous top quark (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 09:30—10:20
Transition to turbulence in pipe flow: a dynamical systems perspective (0h50′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 10:20—10:50
Modeling of tunable reconfiguration of Janus colloidal particles (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 11:10—12:00
Probing fundamental physics with cosmological observations (0h50′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 12:00—12:30
Planck Confronts the Standard Model(s) (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 12:30—13:00
Ghost free & singularity free theory of gravity (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 14:00—14:40
Quantum physics without quasiparticles (0h40′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 14:40—15:10
Condensed matter: plenty of places to go but which direction to get there? (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 15:10—15:40
Phase reconstruction near the high-symmetry point of the O(2)xO(2) nonlinear sigma model (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 16:10—16:50
On quantum tunnelling (0h40′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 16:50—17:20
Exploring TeV scale physics in decays of [ultra]cold neutrons and from nEDM (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
9 Jan / 17:20—17:50
All-order perturbative results for gauge field theories (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
10 Jan / 10:00—10:50
Gravity from squaring Yang-Mills (0h50′)
Speaker(s):
  • Duff, Michael (Imperial)
10 Jan / 10:50—11:20
Vacuum decay and the end of the Universe (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
10 Jan / 11:40—12:10
Symmetries and broken symmetries in non equilibrium systems (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
10 Jan / 12:10—12:40
PT-symmetry and the double-scaling (correlated) limit in quantum field theory (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
10 Jan / 12:40—13:10
How to make an invisibility cloak (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
10 Jan / 13:10—13:20
Concluding remarks (0h10′)
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New Directions in Theoretical Physics

Higgs Centre Workshop
Appleton Tower
11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
EH8 9LE
UK
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