The recent research effort in theoretical physics has somewhat fragmented into several focus areas with diminishing levels of crosstalk between them. These areas include:
- the study of the mathematical structure of scattering amplitudes
- the holographic duality between quantum gravity and strongly coupled field theories
- connections between random matrix theory and the gravity path integral
- the conformal bootstrap
- the swampland program
Overlapping between these areas opens questions, including; the factorization problem imposed by spacetime wormholes; the weak gravity conjecture that requires the existence of particles with a large enough charge to mass ratio; finding gravitational solutions to the conformal bootstrap, and many more.
This conference will bring together world leading experts in the various subfields of theoretical physics to discuss these open problems. It will lead to fruitful collaborations across subfields, and potentially result in important publications representing significant advances in our understanding of fundamental physics.
Permanent Member and Holder of the Chancellor's Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics; Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; 2004 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
Faculty and Director, Carl P. Feinberg Cross-Disciplinary Program in Innovation, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey;
Director, Center for Future High Energy Physics (CFHEP), Beijing, China
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