Gravity and Emergent Gauge Fields in Condensed and Synthetic Matter

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University

MITP Virtual Workshop

To explain experiments and to develop theoretical physics, it is becoming increasingly necessary to blend distant disciplines in an unprecedented level of understanding. New experimental realizations of quantum anomalies in condensed matter systems, non-abelian gauge fields in ultra-cold atomic gasses, and black-hole-horizon analogues, as well as theoretical developments such as newly discovered quantum field theory dualities, or the study of Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev models are important examples. However, this requirement often slides through conferences that are not focused on blending these disciplines, despite the strong interest from researchers in several fields.

To drive progress in these topics it is necessary to bring together condensed matter and high-energy theorists in an atmosphere that encourages discussions. This is the goal of this two week workshop at the Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, where practitioners of both fields can present new and ongoing developments on these fields, sparking discussion to catalyze new breakthroughs.  

We expect this workshop to 

  1. Establish a fruitful dialogue between communities that are typically decoupled.
  2. Isolate timely common open problems.
  3. Trigger otherwise unlikely collaborations that can develop solutions and new theoretical approaches to theoretical problems transcending specific fields.
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