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Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics: Strings, Black Holes and Quantum Information

Program Theme

The discovery of the Higgs particle was a cornerstone in the development of the theory of elementary particle physics and has opened the door to a new era. It is now the time to discuss the new frontiers of the fundamental problems of quantum physics. With this in mind, we initiated a program focusing on the theories of strings, black holes and quantum information as well as their interrelation and their future prospects. We shall also discuss the issues of particle physics and cosmology in the light of the discovery of the Higgs particle.

To lead the discussions, we invited Professor G.’t Hooft and Professor F. Englert as well as Professor M. Kobayashi. They all were awarded the Nobel Prize for great contributions to the development of the theory of particle physics. The project provides a platform for exchanging new ideas not only among particle physics and mathematical physics but also including the related fields such as pure mathematics, informatics, and engineering.

We start our program in April 2015 with a series of special lectures by Professor ‘t Hooft about the fundamental problems of quantum physics. We also organize a spring school for students and young researchers along with these lectures. Two international workshops are organized in September 2015. Professor Englert and Professor Kobayashi will give lectures and will lead the discussions in the workshops. We also invite several experts from the related fields from both Japan and abroad and also encourage the young researchers in these fields to join these events. The aim of our project is the promotion of international exchange, the building of an international network of institutions abroad cooperating with Japanese institutions and the education of young researchers in this field.

Pre-Event


Workshop on Strings, Membranes and Topological Field Theory
(March 5, 2015 – March 7, 2015)

Special Event


Public Lecture by Professor Gerard ’t Hooft
(April 24, 2015)

Conference by Professor François Englert
(September 3, 2015)

Special Lectures by Professor François Englert and Professor Makoto Kobayashi
(September 15, 2015)

Public Lecture for the 100th Anniversary of General Relativity
(November 14,2015)

Events

Special Lectures on Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics by Gerard ‘t Hooft
(April 20, 2015 – April 23, 2015)

Spring School on Particles, Strings and Quantum Information
(April 20, 2015 – April 24, 2015)

International Workshop on Strings, Black Holes and Quantum Information
(September 7, 2015 – September 11, 2015)

International Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology
(September 14, 2015 – September 18, 2015)

Seminars

Special Seminar by Giuseppe Dito
(April 14, 2015・April 15, 2015・April 16, 2015)

Special Seminar by Daniel Sternheimer
(April 21, 2015)

Special Seminar by Beni Yoshida
(April 23, 2015)

Special Seminar by Branislav Jurco
(October 29, 2015)

Special Seminar by Yuho Sakatani
(November 27, 2015)

Follow up Workshop

Higher Structures in String Theory and M-Theory
(March 7, 2016 – March 11, 2016)

Organizers

Tohru Eguchi
(Professor, Rikkyo University)

Tadashi Takayanagi
(Professor, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University)

Masahiro Yamaguchi
(Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Satoshi Watamura
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Local Organizer

Kenichi Hikasa
(Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Masahiro Hotta
(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Hiroshi Ishikawa
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Yukinari Sumino
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Fuminobu Takahashi
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

Yoichi Yamada
(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, Tohoku University)

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