Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

June 1-25, 2010

String theory and its Applications: From meV to the Planck Scale

Lecturers and Topics:

Strings and Particle Physics:

Thomas Banks (Rutgers/UCSC) - Holography, Supersymmetry and Effective Gravitational Field Theory

Mirjam Cvetic (U of Penn) - String Vacua and D-branes: Perturbative and non-perturbative techniques

Frederik Denef (Harvard) - Vacua

Michael Dine (UCSC) - What LHC might tell us about String Theory

Jason Nielsen (UCSC) - LHC Experiments

Joseph Polchinski (KITP) - Introduction to Gauge-Gravity Duality

Nathan Seiberg (IAS) - Aspects of Supersymmetry

Matthew Strassler (Rutgers) - Theoretical Particle Physics at Hadron Colliders: An Introduction

Washington Taylor (MIT) - The scope of the landscape: Supergravity and string vacua in 10D, 6D and 4D


AdS/CFT Applications:

Steven Gubser (Princeton) - Applications of the Gauge-string Duality to High-temperature and Low-temperature systems

Sung-Sik Lee (McMaster U) - Emergent Supersymmetry and String in Condensed Matter Systems

Hong Liu (MIT) - From Black Holes to Strange Metals: Many-body Physics through a Gravitational Lens

Shiraz Minwalla (TIFR) - Non-linear Fluid Dynamics from Gravity

Krishna Rajagopal (MIT) - Quark-Gluon Plasma in QCD, at RHIC and LHC, and in String Theory

Subir Sachdev (Harvard) - Quantum Phase Transitions: from Antiferromagnets and Superconductors to Black Holes

Dam Tanh Son (U of Washington) - Holography for Strongly Coupled Media


Program Co-directors

Michael Dine (UCSC)

Thomas Banks (Rutgers/UCSC)

Subir Sachdev (Harvard)


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 2010. 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 and string theory 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.