UV Meets the IR: Effective Field Theory Bounds from QFT to String Theory

Coordinators: Patrick Draper, Isabel Garcia Garcia, Yu-tin Huang, and Grant Remmen

A surprising consequence of string theory is that it appears to provide a very large number of possible low-energy laws of physics: the string landscape. The swampland program, the effort to separate this landscape from the swampland of apparently healthy effective field theories that lack a quantum gravitational completion, has been a significant driver of recent high-energy theory research. This top-down approach has resulted in important ideas, such as the Weak Gravity Conjecture, that offer the tantalizing possibility of connecting quantum gravity to the laws of nature at accessible energies. In turn, this presents a unique opportunity for the particle phenomenology community to revisit some of the old assumptions behind the problems of the Standard Model, and offers a concrete path to develop a qualitatively new approach to our understanding of physics in the IR. In parallel, bottom-up, low-energy S-matrix techniques have seen a resurgence in recent years, with many effective field theories being bounded using QFT techniques, including causality, locality, and unitarity. Such first principles bounds, independent of the details of the UV, have recently been applied in a wide variety of settings, including the EFTs of GR and the Standard Model. Supercharging such efforts have been developments in understanding QFT itself, including the modern on-shell amplitudes program and the bootstrap.

From strings to phenomenology to scattering amplitudes, this conference aims to bring together researchers from these varied communities.


2020

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020

  • Chair: Yu-tin Huang (NTU) 08:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 08:00AM John March-Russell (Oxford) TBA
    • 08:45AM Thomas Hartman (Cornell) TBA
  • 09:30AM BREAK ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

     

  • Chair: Patrick Draper (UIUC) 10:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 10:00AM Susha Parameswaran (Univ. of Liverpool) TBA
    • 10:45AM Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz) TBA

2020

Monday, Oct 12, 2020

No talks scheduled.

2020

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020

  • Chair: Yu-tin Huang (NTU) 08:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 08:00AM John March-Russell (Oxford) TBA
    • 08:45AM Thomas Hartman (Cornell) TBA
  • 09:30AM BREAK ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

     

  • Chair: Patrick Draper (UIUC) 10:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 10:00AM Susha Parameswaran (Univ. of Liverpool) TBA
    • 10:45AM Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz) TBA

2020

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

  • Chair: Isabel Garcia Garcia (KITP) 08:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 08:00AM Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London) TBA
    • 08:45AM Sergei Dubovsky (NYU) TBA
  • 09:30AM BREAK ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

     

  • Chair: Grant Remmen (KITP & UCSB) 10:00AM ONLINE MEETING ROOM 2

    30-minute talk plus 15 minutes questions and discussion.

    • 10:00AM Riccardo Rattazzi (Lausanne) TBA
    • 10:45AM Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS) TBA

2020

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

No talks scheduled.

2020

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

No talks scheduled.

2020

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020

No talks scheduled.

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Sunday, Oct 18, 2020

No talks scheduled.

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    • 08:45AM Thomas Hartman (Cornell) TBA
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    • 10:00AM Susha Parameswaran (Univ. of Liverpool) TBA
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    • 10:00AM Riccardo Rattazzi (Lausanne) TBA
    • 10:45AM Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS) TBA
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