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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2014: "Theory of Quantum Matter: from
Quantum Fields to Strings"
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140127T060000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140130T170000Z
DTSTAMP;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190321T135608Z
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DESCRIPTION:Abstract: The quasiparticle concept is the foundation of our u
nderstanding of the dynamics of \nmany-body quantum systems. It originated
in the theory of metals\, which have electron-like\nquasiparticles\; but
it is also useful in more exotic states like those found in\nfractional qu
antum Hall systems. However\, modern materials abound in systems to which
the \nquasiparticle picture does not apply\, and developing their theoreti
cal description remains one of the \nmost important challenges in condense
d matter physics. I will present an elementary description of \ntwo key mo
dels without quasiparticle excitations\, both motivated by recent \nexperi
ments. \n\nThe first is the superfluid-insulator transition of ultracold b
osonic atoms trapped in optical lattices in two spatial dimensions. Its lo
w energy theory is a conformal field theory in 2+1 spacetime dimensions\,
and this fact allows us to gain insight from the AdS/CFT correspondence of
string theory. \n\nThe second model is the Pomeranchuk instability of two
dimensional metals at which 90 degree lattice rotation symmetry is broken
. Such an instability has been found to play a prominent role in many rece
nt experiments on the high temperature superconductors in the vicinity of
the "strange metal" regime. The Pomeranchuk critical point realizes a meta
l with a Fermi surface\, but no sharp quasiparticle excitations.\nI will s
ummarize our current understanding\, which draws upon the methods of quant
um field theory and holography. \nI will conclude with a perspective on th
e physics of the high temperature superconductors.\n\nThe lectures will re
view key background material on Fermi liquid theory and the theory of phas
e transitions\, and will not assume knowledge of string theory or the AdS/
CFT correspondence.\n\nThe Salam Distinguished Lecture Series are livestre
amed and can be viewed at: https://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/vid
eos\n\nhttp://indico.ictp.it/event/a14110/
LOCATION:ICTP
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/a14110/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2015: "The Magic of Modular Forms"
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150126T153000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150130T170000Z
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UID:indico-event-7349@ictp.it
DESCRIPTION:The Salam Distinguished Lecture Series are livestreamed and ca
n be viewed at: https://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/videos\n\nhttp
://indico.ictp.it/event/7349/
LOCATION:ICTP Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/7349/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2016: "The Climate Change Challenge"
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160503T143000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160505T143000Z
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DESCRIPTION:ICTP is pleased to announce that Professor Sir Brian Hoskins\,
a meteorologist with years of experience at the science-policy interface\
, is the 2016 featured speaker for the Salam Distinguished Lecture Series.
\n\nThe Series\, which takes place from 3 to 5 May 2016\, will be livestre
amed and can be viewed at the following link starting at 16:30 hrs: http:/
/www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/videos.aspx.\n\nSir Brian will presen
t an overview of how the climate system works\, with a focus on the roles
and interaction of the atmosphere and ocean\, the current status of climat
e change science\, and the likely impact and risks of continued emission o
f greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. He will discuss the international ef
fort to limit climate change and the need for adapting to the change that
occurs. He will also highlight the major challenges climate change poses t
o science\, technology and our socio-economic behaviour.\n\nhttp://indico.
ictp.it/event/8122/
LOCATION:ICTP\, Trieste\, Italy Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8122/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2017: "Superoscillations: unexpected
fine detail and extreme values in mathematics and quantum and wave physics
"
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170125T153000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170127T163000Z
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UID:indico-event-8040@ictp.it
DESCRIPTION:Abstract:\nFunctions can exhibit structures much smaller that
their finest Fourier components\, in ways that are not only mathematically
interesting but have implications in several areas of science\, ranging f
rom optics and quantum physics to signal processing. The lectures will inc
lude some or all of the following topics:\nBasics\, shifted fourier transf
orms\, phase–space interpretations (Wigner and Husimi functions)\, optic
al singularities (‘vorticulture’)\, supershifts in weak measurements\,
superoscillation statistics (in optical fields\, backflow\, Klein-Gordon
and Dirac equations)\, quantum supershifts\, sensitivity to noise\, Goos-H
änchen and related shifts\, proagation of superoscillations\, radar super
directivity and optical superresolution.\n\nBiosketch:\nAfter graduating f
rom Exeter and St Andrews\, Michael Berry entered Bristol University\, whe
re he has been for more than twice as long he has not. He is a physicist\,
focusing on the physics of the mathematics…of the physics. Applications
include the geometry of singularities (caustics on large scales\, vortice
s on fine scales) in optics and other waves\, connections between classica
l and quantum physics\, and the physical asymptotics of divergent series.
He delights in finding the arcane in the mundane – abstract and subtle c
oncepts in familiar or dramatic phenomena: Singularities of smooth gradie
nt maps in rainbows and tsunamis\;\nThe Laplace operator in oriental magic
mirrors\;\nElliptic integrals in the polarization pattern of the clear bl
ue sky\;\nGeometry of twists and turns in quantum indistinguishability\;\n
Matrix degeneracies in overhead-projector transparencies\;\nGauss sums in
the light beyond a humble diffraction grating.\n\nThe lectures take place
at 16.30 hrs each day.\nThe Salam Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsore
d by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science.\n\nhttp://indic
o.ictp.it/event/8040/
LOCATION:ICTP Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8040/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2018: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our
Universe Part of a Multiverse?
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180129T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180131T173000Z
DTSTAMP;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190321T135608Z
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DESCRIPTION:ICTP's Salam Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual present
ation of talks by renowned\, active scientists. The aim is to showcase imp
ortant research developments as well as provide a visionary forward view.
The lecture series is supported by the Kuwait Programme at ICTP.\n\nAlan G
uth is the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics and a Margaret MacVica
r Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trained in
particle theory at MIT\, Guth held postdoc positions at Princeton\, Colum
bia\, Cornell\, and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) before r
eturning to MIT as a faculty member in 1980. His work in cosmology began
at Cornell\, when fellow postdoc Henry Tye persuaded him to study the prod
uction of magnetic monopoles in the early universe. Using standard assump
tions\, they found that far too many would be produced. Continuing this w
ork at SLAC\, Guth discovered that the magnetic monopole glut could be avo
ided by a new proposal which he called the inflationary universe. Guth's
honors include ICTP's Dirac Prize\, the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental
Physics\, and the 2014 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics. Guth is still busy exp
loring the consequences of inflation. He has also written a popular-level
book called "The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cos
mic Origins" (Addison-Wesley/Perseus Books\, 1997).\n\nThere will be 3 lec
tures\, on 29\, 30 and 31 January 2018\, start time: 17.00 hrs.\n\nLecture
I: "Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?"\nAbstr
act: Inflationary cosmology gives a plausible explanation for many observe
d features of the universe\, including its uniformity\, its mass density\,
and the patterns of the ripples that are observed in the cosmic microwave
background. Beyond what we can observe\, most versions of inflation impl
y that our universe is not unique\, but is part of a possibly infinite mul
tiverse. I will describe the workings of inflation\, the evidence for inf
lation\, and why I believe that the possibility of a multiverse should be
taken seriously. \n\nLecture II: "Eternal Inflation and its Implications"\
nAbstract: This lecture will further explore the connection between inflat
ion and the multiverse. I will describe the mechanism of inflation in mor
e detail\, showing why most versions lead to eternal inflation: once infla
tion starts\, it never completely stops\, but instead the inflating region
grows forever\, producing "pocket universes" ad infinitum. Eternal infla
tion is in some ways very attractive\, because\, for example\, it offers a
possible explanation for why the energy density of the vacuum is so incre
dibly small. But it also leads to the "measure problem": how does one def
ine probabilities in an infinite system in which any allowed event is expe
cted to occur an infinite number of times?\n\nLecture III: "Infinite Phase
Space and the Two-Headed Arrow of Time"\nAbstract: One of the unsolved my
steries of physics is the arrow of time: the laws of physics make no disti
nction between the future and the past\, but in our experience they are en
tirely different. The arrow of time can be identified with the growth of
entropy\, but what caused the entropy to be lower in the past? I will des
cribe a speculative picture which shows how an arrow of time can develop n
aturally\, provided that the available phase space is infinite\, even in a
system with time-reversible laws of physics\, and with no special initial
conditions. I will also discuss the alternative possibility that the pha
se space available to the universe is finite\, arguing that this assumptio
n leads to serious cosmological problems.\n\nhttp://indico.ictp.it/event/8
289/
LOCATION:ICTP Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8289/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019: by Prof. Juan Maldacena (Lectur
e one: Quantum mechanics and the geometry of spacetime)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190128T153000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190128T170000Z
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DESCRIPTION:\n The Abdus Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019 will be given o
n 28\, 29 and 30 January 2019 by Prof. Juan Maldacena\, from the School of
Natural Sciences at IAS\, Princeton\, USA. Juan Maldacena’s work focuse
s on quantum gravity\, string theory\, and quantum field theory. He has pr
oposed a relationship between quantum gravity and quantum field theories t
hat elucidates various aspects of both theories. He is studying this relat
ionship further in order to understand the deep connection between black h
oles and quantum field theories\, and he is also exploring the connection
between string theory and cosmology. The tentative schedule for the lectur
e series is as follows:Monday 28 January 2019 at 16.30 hrs Lecture 1:"Quan
tum mechanics and the geometry of spacetime"\n Quantum mechanics and the g
eometry of spacetime. Abstract: Black holes are fascinating objects which
pose interesting puzzles for quantum physics. Studying these puzzles we ar
e led to quantum mechanical models that describe special black holes as se
en from the outside. Extrapolating from these descriptions we are lead to
the idea that entanglement can create geometric connections or wormholes.
Moreover\, quantum teleportation can be interpreted as travelling through
the wormhole.Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 16.30 hrs Lecture 2:"Toy models fo
r black holes"\n Toy models for black holes. Abstract: We will review the
Sachdev Ye Kitaev model and describe how it shares some features with near
ly extremal black holes. We also describe the dynamics of nearly extremal
black holes. We will go over different physical phenomena\, including chao
s\, quantum teleportation\, etc\, and their common manifestation in these
two systems.Wednesday 30 January 2019 at 11.00 hrs Lecture 3:"Toy models f
or black holes"\n Toy models for black holes (part two). This will be a mo
re technical talk based on lecture 2 above.\n All lectures take place in t
he Budinich Lecture Hall\, and will be livestreamed from the ICTP website.
Light refreshments will be served after the talks. All are most welcome t
o attend.\n The Abdus Salam Distinguished Lecture Series receives generous
support from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
.\n For more information see: https://kfas.ictp.it/\n\nhttp://indico.ictp.
it/event/8741/
LOCATION:ICTP\, Trieste\, Italy Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8741/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019: by Prof. Juan Maldacena (Lectur
e two: Toy models for black holes)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190129T153000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190129T170000Z
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DESCRIPTION:The Abdus Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019 will be given on 2
8\, 29 and 30 January 2019 by Prof. Juan Maldacena\, from the School of Na
tural Sciences at IAS\, Princeton\, USA. Juan Maldacena’s work focuses o
n quantum gravity\, string theory\, and quantum field theory. He has propo
sed a relationship between quantum gravity and quantum field theories that
elucidates various aspects of both theories. He is studying this relation
ship further in order to understand the deep connection between black hole
s and quantum field theories\, and he is also exploring the connection bet
ween string theory and cosmology. The tentative schedule for the lecture s
eries is as follows:\n\nMonday 28 January 2019 at 16.30 hrs Lecture 1:\n\n
Quantum mechanics and the geometry of spacetime. Abstract: Black holes are
fascinating objects which pose interesting puzzles for quantum physics. S
tudying these puzzles we are led to quantum mechanical models that describ
e special black holes as seen from the outside. Extrapolating from these d
escriptions we are lead to the idea that entanglement can create geometric
connections or wormholes. Moreover\, quantum teleportation can be interpr
eted as travelling through the wormhole.\n\nTuesday 29 January 2019 at 16.
30 hrs Lecture 2:\n\nToy models for black holes. Abstract: We will review
the Sachdev Ye Kitaev model and describe how it shares some features with
nearly extremal black holes. We also describe the dynamics of nearly extre
mal black holes. We will go over different physical phenomena\, including
chaos\, quantum teleportation\, etc\, and their common manifestation in th
ese two systems.\n\nWednesday 30 January 2019 at 11.00 hrs Lecture 3:\n\nT
oy models for black holes (part two). This will be a more technical talk b
ased on lecture 2 above.\n\nAll lectures take place in the Budinich Lectur
e Hall\, and will be livestreamed from the ICTP website. Light refreshment
s will be served after the talks. All are most welcome to attend.\nThe Abd
us Salam Distinguished Lecture Series receives generous support from the K
uwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).\nFor more informa
tion see: https://kfas.ictp.it/\n\nhttp://indico.ictp.it/event/8868/
LOCATION:ICTP Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8868/
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SUMMARY:Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019: by Prof. Juan Maldacena (Lectur
e 3: Toy models for black holes (part two)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190130T100000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190130T113000Z
DTSTAMP;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190321T135608Z
UID:indico-event-8869@ictp.it
DESCRIPTION:The Abdus Salam Distinguished Lectures 2019 will be given on 2
8\, 29 and 30 January 2019 by Prof. Juan Maldacena\, from the School of Na
tural Sciences at IAS\, Princeton\, USA. Juan Maldacena’s work focuses o
n quantum gravity\, string theory\, and quantum field theory. He has propo
sed a relationship between quantum gravity and quantum field theories that
elucidates various aspects of both theories. He is studying this relation
ship further in order to understand the deep connection between black hole
s and quantum field theories\, and he is also exploring the connection bet
ween string theory and cosmology. The tentative schedule for the lecture s
eries is as follows:\n\nMonday 28 January 2019 at 16.30 hrs Lecture 1:\n\n
Quantum mechanics and the geometry of spacetime. Abstract: Black holes are
fascinating objects which pose interesting puzzles for quantum physics. S
tudying these puzzles we are led to quantum mechanical models that describ
e special black holes as seen from the outside. Extrapolating from these d
escriptions we are lead to the idea that entanglement can create geometric
connections or wormholes. Moreover\, quantum teleportation can be interpr
eted as travelling through the wormhole.\n\nTuesday 29 January 2019 at 16.
30 hrs Lecture 2:\n\nToy models for black holes. Abstract: We will review
the Sachdev Ye Kitaev model and describe how it shares some features with
nearly extremal black holes. We also describe the dynamics of nearly extre
mal black holes. We will go over different physical phenomena\, including
chaos\, quantum teleportation\, etc\, and their common manifestation in th
ese two systems.\n\nWednesday 30 January 2019 at 11.00 hrs Lecture 3:\n\nT
oy models for black holes (part two). This will be a more technical talk b
ased on lecture 2 above.\n\nAll lectures take place in the Budinich Lectur
e Hall\, and will be livestreamed from the ICTP website. Light refreshment
s will be served after the talks. All are most welcome to attend.\nThe Abd
us Salam Distinguished Lecture Series receives generous support from the K
uwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).\nFor more informa
tion see: https://kfas.ictp.it/\n\nhttp://indico.ictp.it/event/8869/
LOCATION:ICTP Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
URL:http://indico.ictp.it/event/8869/
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