Prospects in Theoretical Physics Program at Institute for Advanced Study to Focus on Particle Physics at the LHC and Beyond

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The 2017 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program will celebrate its sixteenth year by convening more than 130 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world at the Institute for Advanced Study from July 17 to 28 to explore “Particle Physics at the LHC and Beyond.”

Prospects in Theoretical Physics is an intensive two-week residential program intended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars engaged in all areas of theoretical physics. Participants from over 15 countries will attend lectures and tutorials on a range of current topics, including theoretical physics beyond the standard model, high-intensity/low-energy collider experiments, dark matter, future accelerators, and neutrino physics.

First held by the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute in 2002, the Prospects in Theoretical Physics provides lectures and informal sessions on the latest advances in different areas of theoretical physics. The program has covered a range of topics including computational plasma physics, quantum matter, computation and biology, cosmology, supersymmetry, and string theory. A special effort is made to reach out to women and minorities, along with graduate students in small universities who typically do not have the same opportunities and access to leaders in the field as graduate students in large research institutions.

“The Institute for Advanced Study takes pride in participating in the training of the next generation of scholars in theoretical physics,” said Chiara Nappi, co-director of this year’s program and Professor Emerita at Princeton University. “The broad range of this year’s program will offer young researchers an overview of the open questions in particle physics and the tools to address them, presented by leading researchers in the field.”

In addition to Nappi, Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2017 is co-directed by Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences. Speakers include Nathaniel Craig of the University of California, Santa Barbara; André de Gouvêa of Northwestern University; Michael Dine of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Rouven Essign of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics; Peter Graham of Stanford University; Mariangela Lisanti, Jim Olsen, David Spergel, and Chris Tully of Princeton University; Liantao Wang of the University of Chicago; and Neal Weiner of New York University.

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