Low Energy Challenges for High Energy Physicists 3

Conference Date: 
Monday, June 18, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, June 21, 2018 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Condensed Matter


Throughout the history of quantum field theory there has been a rich cross-pollination between high energy and condensed matter physics. From the theory of renormalization to the consequences of spontaneous symmetry breaking, this interaction has been an incredibly fruitful one.

In the last decade there has been a strong resurgence of interest in condensed matter systems in the high energy theoretical physics community. Taking advantage of developments in conformal field theories, the conformal bootstrap, gauge/gravity and other type of dualities, as well as effective field theory techniques, high energy theorists with all kinds of specialist backgrounds are thinking about the diverse behavior exhibited in low energy physical systems.

Recent developments also employed quantum field theory ideas to improve our understanding of condensed and quantum matter systems as, for example, Femi liquids, strange metals or the behavior of topological defects in ultra cold atom gases. For certain questions, such approaches present relevant advantages with respect to more traditional techniques.

Moreover, in recent years the interplay between high energy and condensed matter physics found new fuel in the search for light dark matter. Indeed, theoretical analyses have recently shifted the attention towards model for sub-GeV dark matter. The condensed matter community has played a crucial role in the design of possible new materials and detectors that could allow the observation of such particles.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together like-minded high energy theorists with appropriate condensed matter theorists and experimentalists, to tackle some of the most interesting problems in modern physics. The format has been designed to allow for plenty of time for open discussion and interaction between the participants. This will reinvigorate existing collaborations as well as create new, fruitful ones.

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Funding for this workshop has been provided by:

Scientific Organizers:

  • Angelo Esposito, Columbia University
  • Timothy Hsieh, Perimeter Institute & Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University
  • Riccardo Penco, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sebastian Will, Columbia University