The Galileo Galilei Institute for
Theoretical Physics (GGI) organizes
and hosts small-size advanced workshops
in theoretical particle physics in its
Each workshop is devoted to a specific topic at the forefront of current research. During its typical duration of 2-3 months it hosts about 10 to 30 participants selected among those most active in the field within the international community.
The purpose of each workshop is to foster discussions, confrontation of ideas, and collaborations among participants.
As in similar Institutes, the aim is
to produce results with a significant
impact on the corresponding research
field. Various Institutes for Theoretical
Physics already work along similar lines,
hosting distinguished researchers from all
over the world for extended periods. They
play an active and important role in the
development of theoretical physics.
However an institution focused on the
physics of fundamental interactions was
still lacking in Europe and the Galileo
Institute is filling this gap.
The Galileo Galilei Institute, funded by INFN and
sponsored by INFN and University of
Florence, is located on the historic
hill of Arcetri, near the house where
Galileo spent periods of his life and
died in 1642, in a building owned by
the University of Florence.
Its basic referent is the INFN Scientific Committee for Theoretical Physics which gives its full support to favour the activities of the Institute.
The internationally recognized excellent record of INFN physicists in this domain of theoretical physics guarantee a profitable and fertile environment. The activity of the Institute is organized jointly by a Scientific and an Advisory Committee.
A "Launching Committee" was appointed
with the task of giving advice about
scientific and management structures
and of suggesting criteria for the
formation of the Scientific and Advisory
The appointed members of the Launching Committee were David Gross, Giuseppe Marchesini, Alfred Mueller, Giorgio Parisi and Gabriele Veneziano (chair).
Together with the research activities, the Galileo Galilei Institute has recently developed a training program at postgraduate level based on a number of schools. They take place every year during winter, when the Institute is not running research programs. Each school last two-three weeks and is devoted to a specific subject: particle physics, string theory, statistical field theory, nuclear physics, etc.
The schools aim at providing pedagogical introductions on the basic concepts and tools needed for research in theoretical physics, and cover basic as well as advanced topics. Lectures are given at the blackboard and mostly in the morning. The afternoon is devoted to exercises, study and discussions with lecturers and senior participants. A desk and standard research facilities are provided to all students.
The lectures are primarily addressed to Ph.D. students, but participation of postdocs is also encouraged. The courses are officially part of the Italian Ph.D. training program for the Universities that have joined the initiative. In this case, there is the possibility of a final exam with the lecturers.
Running and next Event
- Oct, 15 2018 - Nov, 23 2018
Amplitudes in the LHC era
Scattering amplitudes describe the high-energy interactions of elementary particles and are central to theoretical predictions for processes at the "Large Hadron Collider" (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. Recent years have revealed that scattering amplitudes hide a wealth of mathematical structure, whose study is not only interesting in its own right, but may eventually lead to a new approach to perform computations in particle physics. A lot of progress is being made regarding the computation of perturbative amplitudes in gauge and gravity theories, resulting in a novel interdisciplinary field of research connecting algebraic geometry and number theory to string and gauge theories, and thus eventually to LHC phenomenology through the computation of precision observables. The aim of this program is to bring together experts from theoretical physics and mathematics in order to advance our understanding of the mathematics underlying scattering amplitudes in field and string theory. Ultimately, the goal will be to deepen our knowledge of the mathematics underlying theoretical physics and to use advances in pure mathematics and string theory to develop powerful new computational tools for scattering amplitudes and precision predictions for collider experiments.
- Nov, 12 2018 - Nov, 14 2018
Fundamental Physics with LISA
Conference Observations of astrophysical systems where gravity is extreme -- highly-dynamical and/or non-linearly strong -- have the potential to shed light on some of the most profound questions in physics today: from the nature of compact objects to whether Einstein's theory accurately describes the merger of black holes. The first space-borne detector, LISA, a joint ESA-NASA mission is currently planned to be deployed in 2034, allowing for the first observation of the merger of supermassive black holes and of extreme mass-ratio inspirals. These observations will enable new accurate tests of general relativity, in particular in the strong regime. We announce the Fundamental Physics with LISA workshop which will take place on November 12-14, 2018. Its goal will be to discuss ways in which we can test General Relativity and learn about fundamental theoretical physics with future LISA observations. In order to encourage interaction and discussion, the workshop will bring together experts in theory, phenomenology, modeling and data analysis, and will have an unusual format. Each day will be centered around one of these facets, and consist of three topical sessions in which discussions will be moderated by a panel of three or four experts. The goal of the workshop is to foster fruitful interactions between different dimensions of LISA science.