Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

June 5 – July 1, 2005

“The Many Dimensions of String Theory


  • Mina Aganagic (Berkeley)
  • Raphael Bousso (Berkeley)
  • Shanta DeAlwis (Colorado)
  • Lance Dixon (SLAC)
  • Michael Douglas (Rutgers)
  • Gia Dvali (NYU)
  • Sergei Gukov (Harvard)
  • Joanne Hewett (SLAC)
  • Shamit Kachru (Stanford/SLAC)
  • Gordon Kane (Michigan)
  • Igor Klebanov (Princeton)
  • Samir Mathur (Ohio State)
  • Hitoshi Murayama ( Berkeley)
  • Joe Polchinski (KITP, UCSB)
  • Eva Silverstein (Stanford/SLAC)
  • David Tong (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Henry Tye (Cornell)
  • Angel Uranga ( Madrid)
  • Herman Verlinde (Princeton)
  • Matias Zaldarriaga (Harvard)





  • AdS/CFT and QCD
  • Black Holes and String Theory
  • Brane Inflation
  • Cascading Gauge Theories and Their String Duals
  • Collider Physics
  • Early Universe Cosmology and Astrophysics
  • EWSB and Physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Holography and Cosmology
  • Infrared Modifications of Gravity
  • Noncritical Strings
  • Statistics of String Vacua
  • String Compactifications and Model Building
  • Topological Strings and Dualities


The program will consist of a pedagogical series of lectures and seminars. Lectures will be given over a four-week period, three or four lectures per day, Monday through Friday. The audience will be composed primarily of advanced theoretical graduate students. Experimentalists with a strong background in theory are also encouraged to apply. Some post-doctoral fellows will be admitted, but preference will be given to applicants who will not have received their Ph.D. before 2005. The minimum background needed to get full benefit of TASI is a knowledge of quantum field theory (including RGEs) and familiarity with the Standard Model. Some familiarity with SUSY would be helpful. We hope to provide some subsidy, but students will need partial support from other sources. Rooms, meals, and access to all facilities will be provided at reasonable rates in beautifully-located dormitories at the University of Colorado.