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Crackling Noise in Materials


30 April — 11 May 2018

Coordinators: Lasse Laurson, Joachim Matthiesen, Stephane Santucci

Numerous systems including deformation and fracture of materials, dynamics of domain walls in ferromagnets, and earthquakes respond to slow and smooth external driving by exhibiting intermittent and bursty dynamics, or 'crackling noise', consisting of a sequence of events with a broad size distribution. A major challenge we aim to address within this program is that in many cases, the relevant empirical and experimental phenomena remain unexplained by theory. To this end, we plan to bring together experts of various fields where crackling noise is observed, including contributions from theory, numerical simulations and experiment, to present an overview of the current developments, and to discuss open problems of the field.

Novel superconductors: materials and properties


7—11 May 2018

Coordinators: Ophir Auslaender, Egor Babaev, Ilya Eremin, Vladimir Juricic


Correlation Functions in Solvable Models


14 May — 8 June 2018

Coordinators: Ivan Kostov, Charlotte Kristjansen, Gordon Semenoff, Konstantin Zarembo

The program will bring together theoretical physicists and mathematicians working in the seemingly different areas where exactly solvable or integrable models make pronounced appearance: integrability in gauge theories, stochastic processes and non-equilibrium dynamics, quantum quenches, chaotic behaviour in statistical systems, matrix models for topological strings and N=2 gauge theories based on localization, symmetric polynomials, Hall and cluster algebras.

Quantitative Perspectives on Cancer


28 May — 1 June 2018

Coordinators: Ran Friedman, Merja Heinäniemi, Yuval Kluger, Marcus Ringnér

From a clinical point of view, cancer is a devastating disease. From the point of view of theoretical physics, it is fascinating. Cancer progression involves cells changing shape, cells that migrate under constraints imposed by the human body, flow of blood and cells, and changing of the physical characteristics of a human tissue, to give just a few examples. Moreover, some aspects of cancer development, such as population genetics, are well rooted within subfields of theoretical physics. In this conference, we will host world-renown experts in cancer research who will present their views of fundamental problems that limit our understanding of cancer (and where theoretical physics might be helpful). In addition, leading physicists and theoretically-oriented scientists from related fields will discuss theory and modelling applied to cancer research, and the presence of cancer biologists will facilitate a dialogue between the disciplines

Generation and Control of Forces in Cells


11—29 June 2018

Coordinators: Anders Carlsson, Edda Klipp, David Sept

The program will bring together a group of theoretical physicists, mathematicians, experimental biologists, and experimental biophysicists, to study the mechanisms by which (i) protein assemblies, such as biopolymers, exert forces in cells, (ii) protein assembly dynamics in cells are regulated by forces, and (iii) the dynamics of force-generating assemblies are controlled by signaling pathways. The program will enhance the formation of collaborative links between experiment and theory, as well as those between theorists using different methodologies. It will also clarify the links between apparently disparate, but related phenomena by bringing in individuals with a broad range of backgrounds. Finally, it will enhance the development of the mechanobiology community in the Nordic countries.

Quantum Connections - The School: Recent Advances in Quantum Phenomena


13—23 June 2018

Coordinators: Egor Babaev, Emil Bergholtz, Betsy Devine, Qing-Dong Jiang, Antti Niemi, Johan Nilsson, Nikolay Prokofiev, Åsa Storm, Boris Svistunov, Frank Wilczek, Biao Wu

This school, intended for PhD students and junior researchers in quantum phenomena and condensed matter physics, will consist of short courses on topics from Quantum Chaos and Disordered Systems to Topological Matter, Entanglement and Quantum Information, from theory to computations and experimental results.

Quantum-Topology and Time


25—29 June 2018

Coordinators: Egor Babaev, Thors Hans Hansson, Antti Niemi, Frank Wilczek, Biao Wu


Topological Matter Beyond the Ten-Fold Way


2—27 July 2018

Coordinators: David Abergel, Alexander Balatsky, Andrei Bernevig, Vladimir Juričić, Cristiane Morais Smith

Since the discovery of topological insulators about a decade ago, the field has been focused on non-interacting gapped fermionic states, classified within the so-called 'ten-fold way periodic table'. However, new topological states of matter not captured within this classification have recently been theoretically proposed and experimentally discovered. These include topological crystalline insulators, Weyl semimetals, but also classical topological states in mechanical metamaterials. Given these developments it is clear that the study of topological matter is entering a new period where the themes going 'beyond the ten-fold way' take the center stage. In this program, we bring together experimentalists and theorists to review the current status of this burgeoning field, identify the crucial areas where progress can be made, and foster collaborations and partnerships to vigorously pursue these goals.

Cosmology and Gravitational Physics with Lambda


30 July — 17 August 2018

Coordinators: Fay Dowker, Katie Freese, Ruth Gregory, Troels Harmark, Niels Obers, Maria J. Rodriguez, Jennie Traschen

Almost a century ago Einstein’s seminal paper 'Cosmological Considerations in the General Theory of Relativity' (2 August 1917) proposed a game changing addition to his theory of general relativity: Lambda, the cosmological constant. Since then, and in particular from the remarkable experimental data gathered during the last two decades, the cosmological constant has gone from a theoretical sideline to a central feature of research in cosmology and quantum gravity, including the effective Λ of inflation, the observed Λ of the late time acceleration of our universe, and the negative Λ of the gauge/gravity correspondence in string theory. Theoreticians and philosophers have been fascinated and aggravated by 'the Lambda Problem' for a century. The advent of precision cosmology has made this an issue of practical relevance, and this workshop will be productive through critiquing and advancing theoretical approaches within the constraints of observations.

Bounding Transport and Chaos in Condensed Matter and Holography


20 August — 14 September 2018

Coordinators: Erez Berg, Blaise Goutéraux, Sean Hartnoll, Lárus Thorlacius

The program explores recent developments in describing the dynamics of strongly-coupled field theories using the notion of fundamental, quantum bounds on transport, and their interplay with quantum chaos. By bringing together international leaders in condensed matter and high-energy physics, we aim at enhancing our current understanding by combining experimental results and the various theoretical, non-perturbative approaches to these problems. Participants will include experts in thermoelectric transport experiments, hydrodynamics, gauge/gravity duality, condensed matter and conformal field theory.

Quantum Anomalies and Chiral Magnetic Phenomena


17 September — 12 October 2018

Coordinators: Dmitri Kharzeev, Igor Rogachevskii, Oleg Ruchayskiy

This program is devoted to the discussion of the latest theoretical and experimental advances related to chiral magnetic phenomena and their relevance for plasma physics, particle physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Included topics: Chiral magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), including theory of laminar and turbulent dynamos in chiral MHD and impact of chiral magnetic phenomena on waves in plasma; Direct numerical simulations of laminar and turbulent dynamos in chiral magnetohydrodynamics; Astrophysical and cosmological applications of chiral MHD: the early Universe, neutron stars, quark-gluon plasmas; Applications of chiral MHD to high-energy heavy ion collisions at RHIC and LHC; New materials with pseudo-relativistic electrons and chiral magnetic effect.


Elliptic integrable systems, special functions and quantum field theory


17—21 June 2019

Coordinators: Martin Hallnäs, Edwin Langmann, Hjalmar Rosengren


Integrability in Gauge and String Theories 2019


15—19 July 2019

Coordinators: Joseph Minahan, Konstantin Zarembo

The conference will cover cutting-edge non-perturbative methods in quantum field theory, as well as mathematical aspects of integrability and its more traditional applications in condensed-matter physics and statistical mechanics. Solvable models play a valuable a role in theoretical physics, as they illustrate general concepts in a simpler setting and provide insights into the qualitative features of more complex phenomena.

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