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SFT 2020 - Lectures on Statistical Field Theories

Feb 03, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020

The aim of the school is to bring together PhD students with interests in low-dimensional quantum field theory, conformal field theory and integrable models, and their applications to statistical mechanics and condensed matter systems, and to 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. Accommodation for two weeks in twin rooms will be provided for a total price of about 400 €. Financial support to accommodation expenses may be provided, upon request, to thirty participants.

The courses can be included in the Ph.D. curricula of Italian Universities and abroad. If necessary, a final exam on the courses can be taken.

Alexandre G. Abanov (Stony Brook University): Topology and geometry in condensed matter physics. Toy models
Vedika Khemani (Stanford University): Topology and symmetry breaking in periodically driven systems
Joel Moore (UC Berkeley): Introduction to topological phases of electrons
Giuseppe Mussardo (SISSA, Trieste): Two-dimensional conformal field theory: a primer
Paola Verrucchi (CNR, Florence): Quantum processes: from quantum computation to many-body physics, and back

Denis Bernard (ENS, Paris)
Pasquale Calabrese (SISSA, Trieste)
Andrea Cappelli (INFN, Florence)
Filippo Colomo (INFN, Florence)
Fabian Essler (University of Oxford)
Cristiane Morais-Smith (University of Utrecht)
Giuseppe Mussardo (SISSA, Trieste)

Local organizer
Andrea Cappelli, Filippo Colomo



Date Speaker Title Type Useful Links
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J. Robert Oppenheimer was a puzzle to everyone. Any portrait of him must always return to the crucial fact that he was the “father of the Atomic Bomb”. He had a stormy personal life and a charismatic personality. After the war, for his radical left-wing background he was indicted to answer charge of being a security risk and lost his security clearance. What were the reasons for these suspicions? Was he simply another victim of the anti- communist paranoia sweeping America in the early fifties?