Meetings/Workshops on Mathematical Physics in the United States (USA)

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Recent Advances in the Physics of Elastic Films
24 May 2021 - 27 May 2021 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
Thin elastic films can be found everywhere: they occur naturally (lipid membranes, viral capsids, plant leaves, epithelial tissues, seashells, etc.) and as man-made materials (paper, graphene, fabrics, concrete shells, etc.). Since their resistance to bending must obey purely geometric surface constraints, stress and geometry are intricately coupled, often leading to unexpected and very nonlinear responses to perturbations. Recent progress in theoretical and experimental approaches, as well as novel technological applications, have advanced the frontier of this field, but also brought challenging new problems into focus, to which this conference is dedicated. Examples of interest include extreme mechanics, the cross-talk between stress and geometry, fluctuations in and out of equilibrium, frustrated internal stresses, and wetting of deformable sheets. We strive for a highly multidisciplinary meeting, in which experimentalists, theorists, and numerical simulators explore open questions in both biological and man-made model systems, examine the promise of novel theoretical and numerical techniques, identify the current frontier of understanding, and speculate on what type of new ideas or tools might be needed to push it further.
Event listing ID:
1246676
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Entangled Quantum States of Matter: Classification, Creation, Manipulation, Detection
21 Jun 2021 - 24 Jun 2021 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
This conference will explore many aspects of entangled quantum states of matter, with an eye towards their eventual experimental realization. These include non-Fermi liquids, symmetry-protected topological states, and topologically-ordered quantum matter such as gapped and gapless quantum spin liquids. Some of these states harbor nontrivial boundary or edge modes which will also be highlighted. Different topics will be covered including: the classification of entangled topological states which provide a roadmap of what is possible; investigations on how to engineer models built with realistic ingredients guided by theoretical explorations of their phase diagrams; and proposals for the right observables to detect and manipulate these states which can bring them closer from an abstract idea to reality. This conference will bring together experts on many aspects of highly-entangled quantum matter and help connect experts on mathematical aspects of classification and those with numerical expertise that provide information on phase diagrams with experimentalists striving to engineer these states in the lab.
Event listing ID:
1395683
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UIRM — Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
16 Aug 2021 - 17 Aug 2021 • Berkeley, California, United States
Organizer:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley
Event listing ID:
1376380
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Connections Workshop: Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
18 Aug 2021 - 20 Aug 2021 • Berkeley, California, United States
Organizer:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley
Abstract:
This workshop will focus on cutting-edge research in random matrices and integrable probability. We will explore connections with other branches of mathematics and applications to sciences and engineering. The workshop will feature presentations by both leading researchers and promising newcomers.
Event listing ID:
1376390
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Introductory Workshop: Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
23 Aug 2021 - 27 Aug 2021 • Berkeley, California, United States
Organizer:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley
Abstract:
The introductory workshop aims at providing participants with an overview of some of the recent developments in the topics of the semester, with a particular emphasis on universality and applications. This includes universality for Wigner matrices and band matrices and quantum unique ergodicity, universality for beta ensembles and log/coulomb gases, KPZ universality class, universality in interacting particle systems, the connection between random matrices and number theory.
Event listing ID:
1376455
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Transport and Efficient Energy Conversion in Quantum Systems
30 Aug 2021 - 02 Sep 2021 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
Several communities of experimental and theoretical physics are devoted to studying the problem of transport and energy conversion in quantum systems away from equilibrium. In statistical physics, these topics have been traditionally addressed mainly in the classical realm. In condensed matter and atomic physics, the traditional context has been quantum charge and spin transport. Recent progress includes the application of ideas from quantum information to understand the emergence of thermodynamical concepts and the creation in experiments of quantum coherent systems of various scales with a novel degree of control. These developments motivate work on fundamental challenges like the creation of optimal protocols for energy/information transport as well as state preparation. The aim of this conference is to provide a survey of the most recent advances in the area, bringing together experts across all these fields.
Event listing ID:
1395737
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NMEWP — Numerics, Modeling, and Experiments in Wave Phenomena
20 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 • Providence, United States
Organizer:
ICERM
Abstract:
The workshop will be devoted to the analysis of wave phenomena from different perspectives: mathematical modeling and analysis, experimental physics, and numerical analysis. One of the goals of this event is to gather scientists coming from a priori distant communities but sharing a common interest in wave propagation phenomena in a broad sense (fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics, plasma physics, rigorous analysis). We plan to focus on various themes representing topical problems in these fields, from experimental reproduction of physical phenomena, numerical issues, to the most recent rigorous mathematical results.
Contact:
Phone: [401-863-5030];     Email: info@icerm.brown.edu
Topics:
wave phenomena, modeling and analysis, experimental physics, and numerical analysis.
Event listing ID:
1420287
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Non-Equilibrium Universality in Many-Body Physics
27 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
The advent of quantum simulators have ushered a new era of non-equilibrium many-body physics and has sparked a dialogue between seemingly disparate fields. This conference will explore universal aspects of many-body systems far from equilibrium at the interface of statistical physics, AMO, condensed matter and high-energy physics, by bringing together scientists from these diverse communities. Our focus is on novel phases of matter far from equilibrium and their associated universality classes that emerge beyond equilibrium paradigms. Diverse topics will be covered including short-time universality, entanglement dynamics, and mapping between classical and quantum non-equilibrium systems. Our goal is to identify aspects of high-energy physics that can inform non-equilibrium condensed and AMO systems and vice versa, with an eye towards realizing experiments which can sharpen our understanding of far-from-equilibrium universality.
Event listing ID:
1395769
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GBDSWT — Generic Behavior of Dispersive Solutions and Wave Turbulence
18 Oct 2021 - 22 Oct 2021 • Providence, United States
Organizer:
ICERM
Abstract:
The large-time behavior of (generic) solutions of nonlinear dispersive equations set on bounded domains is almost completely open as far as rigorous analysis goes, and fairly mysterious, even from a less rigorous viewpoint. Under the assumption of weak nonlinearity, physicists and applied mathematicians have devised a theory to approach this question, known as weak turbulence, a branch of statistical physics. Weak turbulence theory predicts that the equation will enter a chaotic regime, where the exchange of energy in phase space is governed by the so-called kinetic wave equation. Justifying the derivation of the kinetic wave equation is a fascinating mathematical task, for which some results are already known, but whose solution will likely require input from nonlinear PDEs, but also probability theory. Intimately related questions are the question of Sobolev growth (how much can or does, the Sobolev norm of a nonlinear dispersive equation grow over time), as well as the analysis of nonlinear dispersive equations with random data. These questions have already generated a lot of interest, but much remains to be discovered: our understanding is extremely lacunar.
Contact:
Phone: [4018635030];     Email: info@icerm.brown.edu
Event listing ID:
1420290
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HMAD — Hamiltonian Methods and Asymptotic Dynamics
06 Dec 2021 - 10 Dec 2021 • Providence, United States
Organizer:
ICERM
Abstract:
Recent progress in the analysis of dispersive PDE's has revealed various aspects of long-time dynamics or behavior of solutions, from the basic three types (scattering, blow-up, and solitons) to more complicated combinations, transitions, and oscillations among them, and so on. The goal of this workshop is for the participants to draw integrated landscapes of those diverse phenomena, aiming towards more a complete description, classification, and prediction of global dynamics, as well as new phenomena and methods.
Contact:
Phone: [4018635030];     Email: info@icerm.brown.edu
Event listing ID:
1420355
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Flux tubes, Quark Confinement and Exotic Hadrons
18 Jan 2022 - 21 Jan 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
Understanding how color is confined in QCD, and the binding of quarks into hadrons, is one of the major unresolved challenges in fundamental physics. The central piece in this puzzle is the chromoelectric flux tube, or confining string, which holds quarks together. In recent years, tantalizing new insights into the dynamical properties of confining strings have been obtained using various theoretical tools such as effective string theory, integrability, the modern S-matrix bootstrap, and gauge/gravity duality. Lattice gauge theory supplies important information about the spectrum of flux tube excitations. Finally, the recent experimental discovery of heavy flavor tetraquarks provides a direct observational probe of flux tube junctions. This conference will bring together experts in these different fields to initiate the exchange of ideas and stimulate future cross-disciplinary developments.
Event listing ID:
1395755
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Building Bridges: Towards a Unified Picture of Stellar and Black Hole Binary Accretion and Evolution
14 Mar 2022 - 17 Mar 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
Binary systems are ubiquitous in nature, from stars to the supermassive black holes expected to reside in galactic nuclei. In many circumstances, the binary system is enveloped by circumbinary gas. How does circumbinary gas evolve and influence the embedded binary? What observational signatures of this gas are most informative? What novel numerical techniques must we deploy to better model these systems? This conference will bring together two distinct communities: those working on massive black hole binaries with those working on stellar binaries. Because recent years have seen remarkable progress in observations of stellar binaries, and numerical modeling of both stars and black holes, now is the ideal time to bring together these two groups. The conference will highlight the remarkable similarities of problems at such varied astrophysical scales, and shed light on the crucial next steps for pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.
Event listing ID:
1395798
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Interdisciplinary Developments in Neutrino Physics
28 Mar 2022 - 31 Mar 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
The goal of this conference is to survey the interdisciplinary avenues in modern neutrino physics, with a threefold overarching set of aims: (1) to maximize the new physics potential of present and upcoming experimental data, (2) to understand new directions in the quest for high-precision neutrino cross sections, including synergy with lattice QCD; and, (3) to ensure that the impact of neutrinos on astrophysical and cosmological processes is comprehensively addressed. Particular attention will be given to exploring connections between neutrinos and gravitational waves, cosmological data, sources for IceCube’s astrophysical neutrino events, implications of the latest sterile searches for cosmology and astrophysics, and an assessment of the role of the neutrino detectors as astrophysical observatories.
Event listing ID:
1395775
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Storming the Gravitational Wave Frontier
19 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
The detection of gravitational waves by Advanced LIGO/Virgo has opened a new frontier in physics, with impact on areas ranging from field theory through stellar evolution and cosmology. It has also seeded new connections between theoretical communities, especially between field theorists and classical relativists. An even brighter future lies ahead, with more sensitive ground-based detectors and, eventually, a space-based observatory. Current and future experiments demand precision modelling of gravitational-wave signals in order to interpret the strongest gravitational-wave events and to enable sensitive searches for new physics which may be embedded in these signals. The conference will bring together experts from three communities: classical relativity, effective field theory, and scattering amplitudes. Building on the current state of the art, we will discuss the needs of the next generation of gravitational-wave experiments; identify which challenges theory must overcome; highlight recent advances in gravitational wave modelling for more detailed study; and uncover the most promising emerging tools and techniques from classical and quantum field theory for further development.
Event listing ID:
1395807
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Opportunities and Challenges in Few-Body Physics: Unitarity and Beyond
23 May 2022 - 26 May 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
This conference will bring together a diverse set of scientists interested in the broad topic of few-body physics, providing a snapshot of the current status of few-body physics near unitarity, where the two-body scattering length is the largest length scale in the problem. Successes and open challenges in the area of atomic and nuclear physics, which are--despite the vastly different length and energy scales--intimately linked through, e.g., the three-body Efimov effect, will be highlighted. A major objective is to provide a platform for cross-fertilization between theory and experiment as well as between different research areas (such as nuclear, atomic, molecular, condensed matter, high-energy, and mathematical physics), with universality and its implied organizing principles as a unifying connection.
Event listing ID:
1395817
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Quantum and Thermal Electrodynamic Fluctuations in the Presence of Matter: Progress and Challenges
11 Jul 2022 - 14 Jul 2022 • Santa Barbara, United States
Organizer:
UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Abstract:
This conference will explore many aspects of classical and quantum fluctuating electromagnetic fields in the presence of matter, which impact a wide range of fundamental and practical phenomena in domains of physics, chemistry end engineering. Building upon the significant milestones achieved in the realms of the Casimir interactions between bodies, and the role of quantum field fluctuations in heat transfer in the near- and far-fields, we plan to address a plethora of novel questions and remaining puzzles: the ramifications of 2D (topological) and non-reciprocal materials, the possibility of detecting quantum friction, the discord between different experimental and theoretical results. Unraveling these puzzles will have profound impacts from fundamental science to novel applications of materials. The conference will bring together theorists and experimentalists who will address unsettled topics and possible new experimental directions that could elucidate them.
Event listing ID:
1395838


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Last updated: 15 April 2021