"Computational Astrophysics"

July 13 - July 24, 2009

2009 Program

Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2009 (PiTP 2009) was intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in computational astrophysics. The goal was for young researchers to hone the numerical methods they employ in their own research and to learn about the techniques used in other areas of computational astrophysics. The lectures covered numerical methods used in cosmology, general relativity, hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (both grid-based and particle-based), long-term orbit integrations, N-body dynamics (both collisionless and rigid-body), and radiation hydrodynamics, as well as computing with GPUs. PiTP 2009 was organized more like a workshop than a school, and active student  participation was expected. The format consisted of two 90-minute lectures in the morning and tutorials, homework, discussion sessions and the occasional lecture in the afternoon. Students were expected to carry out most of the computational work that was required on their personal laptops.

The Scientific Organizers of PiTP 2009 were:  Scott Tremaine (Institute for Advanced Study), Jim Stone (Princeton University) and Peter Teuben (University of Maryland).

Lecturers for PiTP 2009 included: Organizers Scott Tremaine and Jim Stone (see above), as well as Kevin Bowers (Los Alamos National Laboratory and D.E. Shaw Research),  William Dorland (University of Maryland), Brian Kernighan (Princeton University), Michael Norman (University of California at San Diego), Frans Pretorius (Princeton University), Derek Richardson (University of Maryland), Anatoly Spitkovsky (Princeton University), and Volker Springel (Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics).

Background on PiTP

Prospects in Theoretical Physics is an intensive two-week summer program designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars 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.

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 departments at both institutions are actively involved in the program together with scientists from neighboring institutions.  

Additional Program History: 2002 - 2008

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.  PiTP 2004 was a program for advanced graduate students in string theory, while PiTP 2005 was designed to provide an introduction to collider physics.  The 2006 Program covered recent advances in string theory that have found applications to gauge theories, integrable models, cosmology and mathematics.  The PiTP 2007 Program - "The Standard Model and Beyond" - focused on particle physics phenomenology with special emphasis on model building. In 2008 the program - entitled "Strings and Phenomenology" - was designed for string theorists who wanted to learn about issues of compactification relevant to phenomenology and cosmology, and for phenomenologists who wanted to learn about strings and their applications to phenomenology.

For further information about the PiTP program, please contact Susan Higgins, (609) 734-8198; e-mail: shiggins@ias.edu




2009 TWIKI PAGES - containing preparatory reading for the lectures & information to help you download and install the software to be used in the program 

2009 PARTICIPANT INFORMATION (posted 6-30-09)

Hints for those Applying for U.S. Visa

2009 Application Form  (no longer available on this web site)

Archive (2008 Program)

Archive (2007 Program)

Archive (2006 Program)

Archive (2005 Program)

Archive (2004 Program)

Archive (2003 Program)

Archive (2002 Program)

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