Event at Galileo Galilei Institute


SFT 2016 - Lectures on Statistical Field Theories

Feb 08, 2016 - Feb 19, 2016


The aim of the school is to bring together PhD students with interests in low-dimensional quantum field theory, conformal field theory and integrable systems, and their applications to statistical mechanics and condensed matter systems, and help them building a solid and specialized background on these subjects. The school provides sets of postgraduate lectures covering introductory topics as well as recent developments in the field.

Lectures will be scheduled four hours each morning, for a total amount of about forty hours, over two weeks. Presentations will be given on the blackboard. The afternoon will be devoted to exercises, study, and discussions with lecturers and senior participants. A desk and standard research facilities will be provided to all participants.

The school can admit up to forty participants. Accomodation for two weeks in twin rooms, in aprtments with cooking facilities, will be provided for a total price of about 3-400 €. Financial support to accomodation expenses may be provided, upon request, to at most twenty participants.

The courses will be officially part of the Italian Ph.D. training program for the universities that have joined the initiative. For this purpose there will be the possibility of a final exam with the lecturers.


Andrea Cappelli (INFN, Florence), Filippo Colomo (INFN, Florence), Paul Fendley (University of Oxford), Giuseppe Mussardo (SISSA, Trieste)



The program  will involve the following set of lectures:

Paul Fendley (University of Oxford): Lattice models and topological order

Robert Konik (Brookhaven National Laboratory): Studying Perturbed Conformal and Integrable Field Theories using the Truncated Spectrum Approach: Overview and Applications to Low Dimensional Strongly Correlated Systems

Frank Pollmann (MPI-PCS, Dresden): Characterization of topological orders starting from microscopic Hamiltonians

Slava Rychkov (CERN): Conformal Field Theory methods and applications in D>2

Ettore Vicari (Università di Pisa): Renormalization-group theory of thermal and quantum critical phenomena