Prospects in Theoretical Physics
PiTP 2013, entitled "LHC Physics," is a program intended for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in the latest developments at the LHC and their implications. It will cover topics ranging from experimental results on the Higgs to prospects for physics beyond the standard model. In addition to lectures, it will include study sessions where participants will work through some of the basic experimental papers.
Organizers and Lecturers
Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study), Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study), Beate Heinemann (University of California, Berkeley), Elliot Lipeles (University of Pennsylvania), Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study), Michelangelo Mangano (CERN), Patrick Meade (Stony Brook University), Chiara Nappi (Princeton University), Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study), Sunil Somalwar (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), Raman Sundrum (University of Maryland), Jesse Thaler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Scott Thomas (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), Natalia Toro (Perimeter Institute), Chris Tully (Princeton University), Neal Weiner (New York University), Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study), and Kathryn Zurek (University of Michigan).
Important Details to Note
*This will be an intensive program open to both advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
*Individuals from IAS, Princeton University or other local institutions who are interested in attending the program as commuting participants are required to submit an application.
*Participants are expected to be in attendance for the entire two weeks of the program, and to participate in all scientific activities.
*There is no fee charged for participating in the program, however participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodation charges (as appropriate).
*Non-local applicants accepted into the program may arrange for their own local accommodations, if they wish, or may apply to stay in housing arranged for by the Program. Due to renovations at the IAS campus, participants will be housed in a Princeton University dorm which is located only a short walk from the IAS campus. We will be heavily subsidizing the cost of this housing, so that the charge to participants will be only $400 USD for the length of the program (12 nights). In addition, since the dorm will not include kitchen amenities, we will provide all participants staying in the dorm with all weekday meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the Institute dining hall, plus afternoon tea, at no additional charge.
2013 APPLICATION FORM - The application deadline has now passed. No further applications will be accepted.
2013 PROGRAM SCHEDULE - (as of May 9, 2013)
Future PiTP Programs
Background on PiTP
Prospects in Theoretical Physics is an intensive two-week summer program typically designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars considering a career in theoretical physics. First held by the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer of 2002, the PiTP program is designed to provide lectures and informal sessions on the latest advances and open questions in various areas of theoretical physics.
Additional Program History: 2002 - 2012
The pilot program in the summer of 2002 was an introduction to string theory tailored to graduate students entering the field, where much attention was paid also to particle phenomenology and cosmology. PiTP 2003 was devoted to the problems and techniques at the interface of particle physics and cosmology. PiTP 2004 was a program for advanced graduate students in string theory, while PiTP 2005 was designed to provide an introduction to collider physics. The 2006 program covered recent advances in string theory that have found applications to gauge theories, integrable models, cosmology and mathematics, and the 2007 program - "The Standard Model and Beyond" - focused on particle physics phenomenology with special emphasis on model building. In 2008 the program - entitled "Strings and Phenomenology" - was designed for string theorists who wanted to learn about issues of compactification relevant to phenomenology and cosmology, and for phenomenologists who wanted to learn about strings and their applications to phenomenology. The 2009 program focused on "Computational Astrophysics" and was designed to assist young researchers in honing the numerical methods they employ in their own research and to learn about the techniques used in other areas of computational astrophysics. In 2010, "Aspects of Supersymmetry" was designed to give a coherent overview of the fundamental theoretical aspects of supersymmetry, emphasizing the common themes running throughout the subject, from the major advances made in the duality revolution of the 90's to the most exciting recent developments (integrability, M2/5 branes, N=2 theories and scattering amplitudes). An introduction to the formal aspects of SUSY breaking and softly broken SUSY at the weak scale was also given in parallel. The 2011 program, "Frontiers of Physics in Cosmology," explored the interphase between fundamental physics and cosmology, covering topics ranging from early universe cosmology to the late time acceleration of the cosmic expansion. "Computation and Biology" was the topic of the 2012 program, which explored a range of topics at the interface of theoretical computer science, statistical physics and quantitative biology.