Physics workshops in collaboration with the World Science Festival,  30 - 31 May 2018

Department of Physics, Columbia University, 538 West 120th Street, 704 Pupin Hall

merging neutron stars
Credit: NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet -

world science festivalView Articles published in Annals of Physics Annals of Physics organizes two Physics workshops at Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics on 30 and 31 May. These events will be held in collaboration with the World Science Festival. Both whole-day workshops are free to attend and registrations to the events in open.

Register now

30 May 2018

Nuclear astrophysics in the new era of multi-messenger astronomy

organized by Jorge Piekarewicz (Florida State University) and Brian Metzger (Columbia University)

The one-day workshop will gather stakeholders interested in exploring the impact of the historic first detection of gravitational waves from the binary neutron star merger GW170817 on the field of nuclear astrophysics, particularly in the areas of r-process nucleosynthesis and the equation of state of neutron-rich matter. Although various “rapid-response” meetings of this kind have already been organized, it is the primary goal of the workshop to create a roadmap that promotes active collaboration between the astrophysics and the nuclear physics communities. Further, building on the contributions to the workshop, a special issue of Annals of Physics will be published that will be devoted to communicate the excitement and novel insights in this new era of multi-messenger astronomy to a new generation of scientists.


09:00 - 09:45 Duncan Brown (Syracuse University): Discovery of the binary neutron star merger GW170817 in gravitational and electromagnetic waves
09:45 - 10:10Ryan Chornock (Ohio University): Radio to Gamma-Ray Observations of GW170817: From Nucleosynthesis to Relativistic Jets
10:10 - 10:35 Artemis Spyrou (Michigan State University): Neutron-Star Mergers and New opportunities in Rare Isotope Research
11:00 - 11:25 Luke Roberts (Michigan State University) Nucleosynthesis and Electromagnetic Transients from Binary Neutron Star Mergers
11:25 - 11:50 Anna Frebel (MIT) TBA
11:50 - 12:15 Brian Metzger (Columbia University): Kilonova Emission from a Binary Neutron Star Merger
13:30 - 13:55 Jocelyn Read (Cal State Fullerton): Neutron star matter constraints from gravitational-wave observations
13:55 - 14:20 Ben Margalit (Columbia University): Constraining the NS EOS with Multi-Messenger Observations of GW170817
14:20 - 15:05 Jim Lattimer (Stony Brook Institute): Impact of GW170817 for the nuclear physics of the EOS and the r-process
15:30 - 15:55 Krishna Kumar (Stony Brook Institute): Neutron Skins of Nuclei from Measurements of Neutral Weak Form Factors in Electron Scattering
15:55 - 16:20 Andreas Bauswein (University of Heidelberg): EOS constraints from the collapse behavior and postmerger phase of neutron star mergers
16:20 - 17:05 Chuck Horowitz (Indiana University): Neutron rich matter in the laboratory and in the heavens after GW170817
17:05 - 17:15 Jorge Piekarewicz: (Florida State University): Annals of Physics Special Issue

31 May 2018

Quantum information in quantum many body physics

organized by Victor Gurarie and Graeme Smith (University of Colorado, Boulder)

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The last decade witnessed an explosion of application of quantum information methods in condensed matter/many body physics. Concepts such as entanglement, entanglement spectrum and entropy, almost unheard of in condensed matter physics as recently as 15 years ago, are now routinely used to describe phases of matter and new proposed quantum many body states. Converse is also true, as methods of condensed matter physics influenced the new developments in quantum information theory, partially driven by the quest to build working quantum computers. This conference will look at recent developments at the joint frontier of quantum information and condensed matter/many body physics.


09:00-09:10 Graeme Smith/Victor Gurarie       Introduction
09:10-09:55 Brian Swingle (University of Maryland)
09:55-10:0Sergey Bravy (IBM)
10:40-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00Vedika Khemani  (Harvard University)
13:00-13:45Sagar Vijay (MIT)
14:15-15:00David Huse (Princeton University)

Venue: Department of Physics, Columbia University, 538 West 120th Street, 704 Pupin Hall