The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAM-CSIC was officially created in 2003 as a joint research center belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). It is the only Spanish center dedicated entirely to research in Theoretical Physics. The IFT members develop research in the frontiers of Elementary Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology, in order to understand the fundamental keys of Nature and the Universe. They are also leading many research projects, both at the national and international level. The IFT is part of the strategic line `Theoretical Physics and Mathematics´ of the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) UAM+CSIC established in 2009. Since 2012, it is credited as Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence. Besides purely scientific activity, in the IFT is also conducted intensive training tasks of young researchers and professionals through the graduate program in Theoretical Physics with mention of excellence from the CEI and the Ministry of Education. In addition, the Institute carries out the important task of transferring knowledge to society through several outreach programs.

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SO(IFT) Distinguished Prof. Lisa Randall is visiting us

Prof. Lisa Randall from Harvard University is visiting the IFT for the period from October 21th to 31th, as distinguished Severo Ochoa visiting professor. Her office number is 104.

Her research interests are:
- Theoretical particle physics and cosmology

Dr. José Ramón Espinosa is visiting us

Dr. José Ramón Espinosa from IFAE is visiting the IFT for the period from October 15th to November 15th, 2014. His office number is 305.

His research interests are:
- BSM Phenomenology, Higgs Physics, Cosmology

Postdoctoral Positions

IFTLogoThe Institute of Theoretical Physics IFT CSIC/UAM welcomes applications to postdoctoral positions under various government-funded programs:

- SO(IFT) postdocs, funded by the Severo Ochoa Excellence Grant. Offering SEVERAL positions with contracts starting October 2015, ranging from 2 years to 2+1 years. Recommended to have PhD before June 30, 2015.

- ERC-SPLE postdocs. Luis Ibáñez ERC Advanced Grant project "String Phenomenology in the LHC Era''.

- ERC-SELFCOMPLETION postdocs. G. Dvali & C. Gómez ERC Advanced Grant project "UV-Completion through Bose-Einstein Condensation: a Quantum Model of Black Holes''.

Deadline for application: December 15th, 2014.

Paco Yndurain colloquium: Divergent series: from Thomas Bayes’s bewilderment to today’s resurgence via the rainbow

TITLE: Divergent series: from Thomas Bayes’s bewilderment to today’s resurgence via the rainbow
Lecturer: Michael Berry from University of Bristol
Date: Wednesday, 15 October, 2014 - 15:00
Venue: Faculty of Science (UAM). Sala de conferencias (Módulo 00)

Following the discovery by Bayes in 1747 that Stirling’s series for the factorial is divergent, the study of asymptotic series has today reached the stage of enabling summation of the divergent tails of many series with an accuracy far beyond that of the smallest term. Several of these advances sprang from developments of Airy’s theory of waves near optical caustics such as the rainbow. Key understandings by Euler, Stokes, Dingle and Écalle unify the different series corresponding to different parameter domains, culminating in the concept of resurgence: quantifying the way in which the low orders of such series reappear in the high orders.

Es asombroso que el ser humano pueda comprender el cosmos

El físico teórico estadounidense Alan Guth es uno de los padres de la teoría de la Inflación Cósmica que, por su eficacia al explicar fenómenos del universo donde otras teorías encuentras grandes escollos y por indicios indirectos, la mayoría de los expertos considera que debe ser correcta.

Noticia completa: Aquí

Noticia publicada en El PAÍS sobre el congreso “Fine-Tuning, Anthropics and the String Landscape”: ¿Existen otros universos?

Nuestro universo, con lo inmenso que es, con centenares de miles de millones de galaxias visibles y tantos millones de estrellas en cada una de ellas, puede que no sea el único que exista. Tal vez hay otros universos, distintos del que conocemos, y alguno parecido... ¿Sería posible visitarlos? ¿Echarles un vistazo? ¿Comprobar siquiera si efectivamente están por ahí como burbujas aisladas... a no ser que entren algunas en colisión? Medio centenar de expertos estadounidenses, europeos y españoles se han reunido esta semana en un encuentro científico de alto nivel celebrado en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) para discutir precisamente los multiversos y las teorías en las que emerge su existencia.

Lee la noticia completa aquí: http://ow.ly/CEZMH

Dr. Igor Bandos in the IFT

Dr. Igor Bandos from Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science and the Basque Country University UPV/EHU, Bilbao is visiting the IFT for the period from October 13th to 31st, 2014. His office number is B01.

His research interests are:
- String/M-theory, supersymmetry, supergravity, super-p-branes, superspace methods, duality and self-duality, higher spin gravity, twistor approach and its multidimensional generalizations

Dr. Tigran Kalaydzhyan in the IFT

Dr. Tigran Kalaydzhyan from Stony Brook University is visiting the IFT for the period from October 12th to 18th, 2014. His office number is 401.

His research interests are:
- Nuclear Theory (QGP, Heavy-Ion Collisions); AdS/CFT-correspondence, String Theory; Lattice QCD, Confinement, QCD phase diagram; Nonperturbative methods in QFT and Condensed Matter Physics; Cosmology

Dr. Johannes Bergström in the IFT

Dr. Johannes Bergström from Universitat de Barcelona is visiting the IFT for the period from October 6th to November 5th, 2014. His office number is 315.

His research interests are:
- Applications of Bayesian methods in neutrino physics

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