New Directions in Theoretical Physics

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE
Alexander Morozov (Ednburgh), Andy Taylor (Edinburgh), Arjun Berera (Edinburgh), Brian Pendleton (Edinburgh)
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.
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch 1h

      Lunch with ATLAS UK (Teviot Row House)

    • 14:00 14:10
      Welcome and introduction 10m
      Speaker: Richard Ball (Director of the Higgs Centre)
    • 14:10 15:00
      The Higgs and the excessive success of the Standard Model 50m
      Speaker: Guido Altarelli (Rome)
    • 15:00 16:00
      Symmetry breaking and electroweak unification - an Imperial College perspective 1h
      Speaker: Tom Kibble (Imperial)
    • 16:00 16:30
      Tea 30m
    • 16:30 17:10
      Higgs interferometry 40m
      Speaker: Lance Dixon (Stanford)
    • 17:10 17:40
      The ubiquitous top quark 30m
      Speaker: Eric Laenen (Nikhef)
    • 09:30 10:20
      Transition to turbulence in pipe flow: a dynamical systems perspective 50m
      Speaker: Bruno Eckhardt (Marburg)
    • 10:20 10:50
      Modeling of tunable reconfiguration of Janus colloidal particles 30m
      Speaker: Ronald Larson (Michigan)
    • 10:50 11:10
      Coffee 20m
    • 11:10 12:00
      Probing fundamental physics with cosmological observations 50m
      Speaker: Robert Brandenberger (McGill)
    • 12:00 12:30
      Planck Confronts the Standard Model(s) 30m
      Speaker: Andrew Jaffe (Imperial)
    • 12:30 13:00
      Ghost free & singularity free theory of gravity 30m
      Speaker: Anupam Mazumdar (Lancaster)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch and Higgs Centre IAC meeting 1h
    • 14:00 14:40
      Quantum physics without quasiparticles 40m
      Speaker: Subir Sachdev (Harvard)
    • 14:40 15:10
      Condensed matter: plenty of places to go but which direction to get there? 30m
      Speaker: Andy Schofield (Birmingham)
    • 15:10 15:40
      Phase reconstruction near the high-symmetry point of the O(2)xO(2) nonlinear sigma model 30m
      Speaker: Chris Hooley (St Andrews)
    • 15:40 16:10
      Tea 30m
    • 16:10 16:50
      On quantum tunnelling 40m
      Speaker: Neil Turok (Perimeter)
    • 16:50 17:20
      Exploring TeV scale physics in decays of [ultra]cold neutrons and from nEDM 30m
      Speaker: Rajan Gupta (Los Alamos)
    • 17:20 17:50
      All-order perturbative results for gauge field theories 30m
      Speaker: Lorenzo Magnea (Torino)
    • 19:30 21:30
      Conference Dinner 2h Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

      Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

      Old College, South Bridge
    • 10:00 10:50
      Gravity from squaring Yang-Mills 50m
      Speaker: Michael Duff (Imperial)
    • 10:50 11:20
      Vacuum decay and the end of the Universe 30m
      Speaker: Ian Moss (Newcastle)
    • 11:20 11:40
      Coffee 20m
    • 11:40 12:10
      Symmetries and broken symmetries in non equilibrium systems 30m
      Speaker: Bernard Derrida (Paris 6)
    • 12:10 12:40
      PT-symmetry and the double-scaling (correlated) limit in quantum field theory 30m
      Speaker: Carl Bender (St Louis)
    • 12:40 13:10
      How to make an invisibility cloak 30m
      Speaker: Chris White (Glasgow)
    • 13:10 13:20
      Concluding remarks 10m
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