Advanced Summer School in Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
This Summer School is aimed at advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. This 2023 edition is part of the biennial series of Advanced Summer Schools in High Energy Theoretical Physics, which were traditionally held in France, either in Cargèse or Les Houches.
This edition will include introductory and advanced lectures on the following topics:
– quantum gravity
– string theory
– black holes
– quantum information theory
– theoretical condensed matter
– artificial intelligence
The schedule will leave ample room for discussions. A series of advanced seminars, organized in a workshop style with other invited speakers, will complete the program.
In more details, let us precise that by using the universal language of quantum field theory combined with a core of topics centered around string theory, quantum gravity, cosmology, mathematical physics and various facets of statistical physics and condensed matter, the content of the 2023 session will extend to other research directions than those covered in the 2021 session, including quantum chaos and deep-learning.
Among the transversal topics that bring together the communities concerned by our school, there are the domains of renormalization group, exotic phenomena in low-dimensional quantum field theory, quantum information, quantum chaos, conformal bootstrap and advances in scattering amplitude calculations, all of them being of interest for particle and gravitational experimental physics.
The main axes will thus be articulated around elementary particle physics, quantum gravity, string theory and condensed matter theory, with an accompaniment on recent progress in quantum field theory and mathematics ,to be able to go beyond the current knowledge.
In addition, 2 or 3 presentations of general interest will also be organized for a local diversified audience with the help of ICISE, as well as other presentations that are part of a UNESCO Chair program entitled “Increasing knowledge and new technologies in the world through elementary particle research at CERN”.
Moreover, one afternoon will be dedicated to a “gong show”, allowing each participant to present himself in front of his colleagues, during a 120 seconds intervention.
About basic science
The proposed thematic school will be very useful to present in a pedagogical way, not only the state of the art of these very active research fields defined above, highlighting their recent achievements, but also the current attempts to succeed in extending our knowledge in the near future.
The scientific and training objectives are to train new generation of students in the most recent developments of quantum field theory. This domain being in intense activity, it is essential to propose such a training to allow researchers and students to follow the progress of the science, and to benefit from it in their own research.
The Quy-Nhon School will be held in the tradition of our biannual Cargèse and Les Houches School series, under the direction of experienced organizers and newcomers, the latter being often former participants at the beginning of their careers. As such, one can guarantee that our session will positively fulfill all the criteria of a summer school that greatly benefit to all participants, while establishing early contacts between the microcosm of its well chosen confirmed lectures and their future peers.
About sustainable development
There is a long list for illustrating the deep relationships between sustainable development and new theoretical physical ideas. However history has shown that in many cases the moment when this relationship occurs is often unpredictable. For instance the principle of lasers was described at the very beginning of the 19th century, and they were built only in the 50’s; without the understanding of general relativity, one could not have imagined the necessary adjustments for synchronizing cell phones; no one would have bet that the end of the 19th centuries that the Maxwell equations could led to the notion of a television, in the 50’s, no one could have imagined the notion of a personal computer and even less of a smartphone; the same for the medical instruments; etc… All these things we created due to the progresses in fundamental science, and especially to various advances in the understanding of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.
Structuring and educating, as best as possible and persistently, an international community of very well trained young theoretical physicists, who understand the limits of of present understanding of the laws of nature and are able to go beyond, is therefore certainly a must for all our societies.