Bootstrap 2019

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 (All day) to Friday, August 2, 2019 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
String Theory

 

Quantum field theory (QFT) is a universal language for theoretical physics, describing the Standard Model, gravity, early universe inflation, and condensed matter phenomena such as phase transitions, superconductors, and quantum Hall fluids. A triumph of 20th century physics was to understand weakly coupled QFTs: theories whose interactions can be treated as small perturbations of otherwise freely moving particles. However, weakly coupled QFTs represent a tiny island in an ocean of possibilities. They cannot capture many of the most interesting and important physical phenomena, from the strong nuclear force to high temperature superconductivity. The critical challenge for the 21st century is to understand and solve strongly coupled QFTs. Meeting this challenge will require new physical insight, new mathematics, and new computational tools. Our collaboration combines deep knowledge of novel, non-perturbative techniques with a concrete plan for attacking the problem of strong coupling. The starting point is the astonishing discovery that in numerous physical systems, there is a unique quantum field theory consistent with general principles of symmetry and quantum mechanics. By analyzing the full implications of these general principles, one can make sharp predictions for physical observables without resorting to approximations. This strategy is called the Bootstrap, the topic of this three week program.

Sponsorship for this event has been provided by the Simons Foundation.

  • Nima Afkhami-Jeddi, Cornell University
  • Nathan Agmon, Harvard University
  • Soner Albayrak, Yale University
  • Nikhil Anand, Johns Hopkins University
  • Antonio Antunes, University of Porto
  • Alex Atanasov, Harvard University
  • Bruno Balthazar, Harvard University
  • Connor Behan, Stony Brook University
  • Nathan Benjamin, Princeton University
  • Carlos Bercini, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Diego Berdeja-Suarez, University of Oxford
  • Ryan Bilotta, Cornell University
  • Damon Binder, Princeton University
  • Joao Caetano, Stony Brook University
  • Simon Caron-Huot, McGill University
  • Hongbin Chen, Johns Hopkins University
  • Minjae Cho, Harvard University
  • Chang-Ha Choi, Stony Brook University
  • Cameron Cogburn, Boston University
  • Scott Collier, Harvard University
  • Miguel CorrelaÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Miguel Costa, University of Porto
  • Rajeev Eramilli, Yale University
  • Barak Gabai, Harvard University
  • Vasco Goncalves, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Andrea Guerrieri, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Thomas Hartman, Cornell University
  • Aditya Hebbar, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Alexandre Homrich, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Kuo-Wei Huang, Boston University
  • Luca Illesiu, Princeton University
  • Yikun Jiang, Cornell University
  • Denis Karteev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Apratim Kaviraj, École Normale Supérieure
  • Sandipan Kundu, Johns Hopkins University
  • Shailesh Lal, University of Porto
  • Edo Lauria, Durham University
  • Daliang Li, Harvard University
  • Zhijin Li, University of Porto
  • Ying Lin, California Institute of Technology
  • Dilmil Mazac, Stony Brook University
  • Marcco Meineri, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • David Meltzer, California Institute of Technology
  • Carlo Meneghelli, University of Oxford
  • Wolfger Peelaers, University of Oxford
  • Joao Penedones, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Eric Perlmutter, California Institute of Technology
  • Andrzej Pokraka, McGill University
  • Jiaxin Qiao, École Normale Supérieure
  • Leonardo Rastelli, Stony Brook University
  • Victor Rodriguez, Harvard University
  • Konstantinos Roumpedakis, Stony Brook University
  • Slava Rychkov, École Normale Supérieure
  • Aaditya Sargarkar, University of Porto
  • Sourav Sarkar, University of Porto
  • Edgar Shaghoulian, Cornell University
  • Utkarsh Sharma, Johns Hopkins University
  • Adar Sharon, Stony Brook University
  • Joao Silva, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Emilio Trevisani, École Normale Supérieure
  • Anh-Khoi Trinh, McGill University
  • Kamran Vaziri, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Pedro Vieira, Perimeter Institute
  • Yifan Wang, Princeton University
  • Yuan Xin, Boston University
  • Xi Yin, Harvard University
  • Bernardo Zan, École Normale Supérieure
  • Zarah Zarahee, McGill University
  • Xiang Zhao, Durham University
  • Xinan Zhou, Princeton University

 

Perimeter Institute is located approximately 115 kilometers from Toronto, Ontario. If you need transportation while attending the summer school, we suggest you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ).

A special rate has been negotiated with Airways Transit and information may be found below.

Airport Shuttle Service

Airways Transit connects Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) with the Kitchener-Waterloo area providing 24/7 shared ride door to door service. Travel time between Toronto airport and Waterloo is approximately 1¼ hours. We have obtained a reduced single passenger fare of $89.00 one way, tax included for Toronto airport transfers. Advance reservations are required, and travel dates must correspond to conference dates to qualify.

Book online at https://www.airwaystransit.com

Enter booking code: BOOTSTRAP2019 (enter exactly as shown).

By phone 24 hours: +1 519 886 2121, remember to mention that you are a Bootstrap 2019 delegate.

Travel Documents and Visas

Participants need to ensure that they have the proper travel documents and visas to enter Canada. Click here for full details regarding visas, customs, tax refunds and travel.

 

Please reserve your accommodations soon.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved for Bootstrap 2019 participants at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This apartment style air-conditioned residence is a short walk from Perimeter Institute. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms (with single beds), two washrooms, a kitchen (with fridge and stove only) and a living room. The rate is $43.00/night/room, plus 13% HST.

Reservations can be made online at https://accommodations.laurierconferences.ca/Default.asp? Please indicate “Bootstrap” under purpose of visit and select “Apartment Style Residence – 4 bedrooms” under residence preference.

If you have any questions, please email conferences@wlu.ca or call 519-884-0710, x3958

Scientific Organizers:

  • Simon Caron-Huot, McGill University
  • Leonardo Rastelli, Stony Brook University
  • Slava Rychkov, École Normale Supérieure
  • Pedro Vieira, Perimeter Institute

Scientific Committee:

  • Christopher Beem, University of Oxford
  • Miguel Costa, University of Porto
  • Liam Fitzpatrick, Boston University
  • Thomas Hartman, Cornell University
  • Jared Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ami Katz, Boston University
  • Zohar Komargodski, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Joao Penedones, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • David Poland, Yale University
  • Silvu Pufu, Princeton University
  •  David Simmons-Duffin, California Institute of Technology
  • Balt van Rees, Durham University
  • Xi Yin, Harvard University