Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2023

Program Description

PiTP 2023 : “Understanding Confinement” 

Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) is an intensive two-week summer program designed for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The program will be held from July 10-21, 2023 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. 

Topics will include:

  • Path integral for gauge theory and its lattice regularizations
  • Order parameters and mechanisms of confinement
  • Dynamics of Confining Strings
  • Higher Form Symmetries
  • Introduction to modern numerical methods
  • Confinement and Gauge/String Duality
  • Lower Dimensional Models for QCD


Program Details

Dates: July 10-21, 2023

Application deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time). For housing, travel, and other information please see the FAQ page.

The application process is now closed.

Any letters of recommendation should be uploaded HERE with the applicant's name clearly indicated by Friday, March 10, 2023. Please note, postdoctoral applicants do not require letters of recommendation.

IAS Covid-19 Procedures: All adult visitors coming to the Institute are required to have completed a COVID-19 vaccination and booster in order to enter the IAS campus.  Individuals must be prepared to present proof of vaccination if asked and are expected to follow the Institutes' Covid-19 Procedures. Visits must be canceled if you test positive for COVID-19 within ten (10) days of the planned start of your visit or if experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. See website for details 

Organizing Committee

David Gross, KITP, UCSB
Igor Klebanov, Princeton
Grigory Tarnopolsky, CMU

Program Lecturers

Sergei Dubovsky, NYU; Jaume Gomis, Perimeter; David Gross, KITP, UCSB; Igor Klebanov, Princeton;V. Parameswaran Nair, CCNY; João Penedones, EPFL, Lausanne; Silviu Pufu, Princeton; Nathan Seiberg, IAS; Phiala Shanahan, MIT; Mikhail Shifman, Minnesota; Grigory Tarnopolsky, CMU; Michael Teper, Oxford; Mithat Ünsal, NC State; Edward Witten, IAS.

If you have questions regarding the PiTP program, please send an email to:


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