In the Thematic Program 2018 of Tohoku Forum for Creativity, String-Math 2018, the follow up event will be held from January 13–22, 2020
The Kavli Asian Winter School (KAWS) on Strings, Particles and Cosmology is a pan-Asian collaborative effort of high energy theorists from China, India, Japan and Korea to give young researchers in Asia an opportunity to come together and learn about the latest developments in high energy theory from leading experts on the subject.
This school is aimed towards advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and active researchers in the field. This is the 14th in a series of Asian Winter Schools that have been organized on a rotating basis among Japan, China, India and Korea. We welcome students from all of these participating countries as well as students from outside.
All selected participants will be provided with accommodation (with three meals a day).
The venue of the school is Tohoku university. It is located in Sendai city which is a fascinating city to explore Japanese culture and cuisine. In addition, the school includes an excursion (two-day trip) to Zao which is a nearby town famous for hot spring and skiing.
The 2020 School is generously supported by the Kavli foundation, with additional partial funding the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), Tohoku Forum for Creativity (TFC), Tohoku University, and Graduate Program on Physics for the Universe (GPPU), Tohoku University.
The previous Asian Winter Schools in this series have provided young researchers with opportunities for discussions with leading experts in different areas and also for initiating collaboration with other young researchers belonging to the different participating countries. We hope the 2020 School will continue this tradition.
January 13, 2020 – January 22, 2020
Sakura Hall, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Campus map]
Netta Engelhardt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Yu-Tin Huang (National Taiwan University)
Zohar Komargodski (Simons Center, Stony Brook University)
Liam McAllister (Cornell University)
Leonardo Rastelli (Stony Brook University)
Masato Taki (RIKEN)
Michael Walter (University of Amsterdam)
Masahito Yamazaki (Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo)
Lectures [Jan. 21, 2020 Updated]
Quantum Field Theory
01. Landau - Ginzburg Models in 2+1 dimensions
02. Gauge Theories in 2+1 dimensions
03. Particles, Vortices, and Monopoles
04. Particle-Vortex Duality.
05. Phase Transitions Beyond the Landau Paradigm and Quantum Anti-Ferromagnets.
06. Chern-Simons Theory
07. The Parity Anomaly. Fermion Dualities.
08. Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons Theories.
09. Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons Theories with Matter.
10. Non-Abelian Duality and Quantum Chromodynamics in 2+1 Dimensions.
01. Vacuum solutions of string theory
02. Moduli of Calabi-Yau threefolds
03. The moduli problem in cosmology
04. Flux compactifications I: type IIB orientifolds in 10d
05. Flux compactifications II: 4d supergravity of type IIB orientifolds
06. Moduli stabilization
07. AdS vacua of Kachru, Kallosh, Linde, Trivedi (KKLT)
08. de Sitter vacua of KKLT
09. Status of the landscape
10. Inflation in string theory
01. States, Channels, Entropy
03. Entanglement in Mixed States
04. Entanglement in Field Theory
05. Entanglement in Holography
06. Toy Models of Holography
07. Error Correction, Decoupling, Black Holes
08. Tensor Network Toy Models
09. Subregion Duality and Subsystem Error Correction
01. Massless/massive spinor helicity and the uniqueness of the three-particle amplitude
02. Lessons from the consistency conditions of the four-particle amplitude
03. Unitarity constraints on general EFT
04. Minimal couplings to black holes.
Analytic and Lorentzian methods in Conformal Field Theory
I will give an introduction to recent structural developments in conformal field theory (CFT). These developments rely on the deep analyticity properties of CFT in Lorentzian kinematics. I will assume knowledge of basic facts of CFT in general dimension, including: the state/operator map, radial quantization, the operator product expansion, crossing symmetry and conformal blocks. There are many excellent reviews of this background material. I highly recommend Slava Rychkov's lectures https://arxiv.org/pdf/1601.05000.pdf and David Simmons-Duffin's lectures https://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.07982.pdf I will also assume some familiarity with the basic AdS/CFT dictionary. A nice introduction in the spirit of structural CFT properties is given in Joao Penedones' lectures https://arxiv.org/pdf/1608.04948.pdf
Lectures 1-3: Integrability (and Knots) from Chern-Simons Theory
I will discuss integrable models from the viewpoint of four-dimensional analogue of Chern-Simons theory, based on my recent works with Costello and Witten.
Lecture 4: Minimalistic Introduction to the Swampland
I will introduce the concept of the swampland, and discuss phenomenological/cosmological implications of some swampland conjectures.