"Introduction to Collider Physics"
July 18 - July 29, 2005

The deadline for application has now passed; we regret, we are unable to accept any further applications for this program.

Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) is an intensive two-week summer program designed for graduate students considering a career in theoretical physics. First held by the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer of 2002, the PiTP program is designed to provide lecture courses and informal sessions on the latest advances and open questions in various areas of theoretical physics.

One of the goals of the program is to help the physics community train the next generation of scholars in theoretical physics. A special effort is made to reach out to women and minorities, as well as to graduate students in small universities who typically do not have the same opportunities and access to leaders in the field as graduate students in large research institutions.

Program History

The pilot program in the summer of 2002 was an introduction to string theory tailored to graduate students entering the field, where much attention was paid also to particle phenomenology and cosmology.  PiTP 2003 was devoted to the problems and techniques at the interface of particle physics and cosmology.  Both programs were relatively large, with more than 100 registered participants in residence and local registered auditors, as well as numerous members of the local physics community who attended lectures on an informal basis.  PiTP 2004 was, in contrast, a smaller program designed for advanced graduate students in string theory.

2005 Program
(The deadline for application has now passed; we regret, we are unable to accept any further applications for this program.)

PiTP 2005 will be an introduction to LHC physics, intended for graduate students and (for the first time!) postdoctoral fellows in theoretical particle physics.  The course is specifically designed to introduce collider phenomenology to theorists including string theorists who are not specialists in this subject.  The goal is to help young physicists prepare for the physics that will emerge from the LHC.  A list of papers for participants to read in preparation for the school will be made available on this website a few months before the beginning of the school.  

Prospects in Theoretical Physics builds on the strong relationship of the research groups at the Institute and Princeton University, and many faculty members from the physics and astrophysics departments at both institutions are actively involved in the program along with scientists from neighboring institutions.  This year, the local organizers will be: Chiara Nappi and Igor Klebanov of Princeton Unviersity, and Nathan Seiberg of the Institute.

The lecturers for PiTP 2005 are: Jonathan Bagger (Johns Hopkins University);  Lance Dixon (SLAC, Stanford University);  Jonathan Feng (University of California, Irvine); Ian Hinchliffe (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Konstantin Matchev (University of Florida); Hitoshi Murayama (University of California, Berkeley); Michael Peskin (SLAC, Stanford University); Heidi Schellman (Northwestern University); Scott Thomas (Stanford University); Christopher Tully (Princeton University); and Dieter Zeppenfeld (University of Karlsruhe).

Please see the links below for an Application Form and tentative Program Schedule.  For further information, please contact Susan Higgins, (609) 734-8389; e-mail: shiggins@ias.edu

2005 Program Photos

2005 Daily Program Announcements

2005 Program Schedule  

2005 Program Prerequisites/Pre-Reading  

2005 General Participant Information

2005 Suggested Weekend Activities 

2005 Application Form The deadline for application has now passed; we regret, we are unable to accept any further applications for this program.

Archive (2004 Program)

Archive (2003 Program)

Archive (2002 Program)

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