"Aspects of Supersymmetry"

July 19 - July 30, 2010

2010 Program

Supersymmetry is one of the deepest and most important concepts in theoretical physics.  It has played a central role in the formulation of superstring theory, in the understanding of strong coupling dynamics in gauge theory, and in uncovering the many remarkable dualities connecting gauge theories, string theory and gravity.  Low-energy supersymmetry is also the leading candidate for new physics at the TeV scale, now being probed at the LHC.  Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) 2010, open to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, aimed to give a coherent overview of the fundamental theoretical aspects of supersymmetry, emphasizing the common themes running throughout the subject, from the major advances made in the duality revolution of the 90's to the most exciting recent developments (integrability, M2/5 branes, N=2 theories and scattering amplitudes).  An introduction to the formal aspects of SUSY breaking and softly broken SUSY at the weak scale was also given in parallel.

PiTP 2010 was organized more like a workshop than a school, and active student participation was expected.  The format consisted of three or four 75-minute lectures per day, plus a homework/discussion session on most days, as well.  The students were expected to have a good background in supersymmetry (at the level of Wess & Bagger or equivalent textbook) and a good background in string theory (at the level of Becker, Becker and Schwarz or equivalent textbook).  Detailed reading material and homework problems were given to participants in the late spring.

Lecturers and organizers for PiTP 2010 included: Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study), Jon Bagger (Johns Hopkins University), Katrin Becker (Texas A&M University), Melanie Becker (Texas A&M University), Freddy Cachazo (Perimeter Institute), Davide Gaiotto (Institute for Advanced Study), Daniel Jafferis (Rutgers University), Igor Klebanov (Princeton University), Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study), Greg Moore (Rutgers University), Chiara Nappi (Princeton University), Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study), Pedro Vieira (Perimeter Institute), and Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study).

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 - 2009

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, and the 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.  The 2009 Program focused on "Computational Astrophysics" and was designed to assist young researchers in honing the numerical methods they employ in their own research and to learn about the techniques used in other areas of computational astrophysics.

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

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