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Articles curated from our KITP Newsletters archive, please click the article's title or image to read the featured story.

The Standard Siren

Summary

Ten years before the detection of gravitational waves, two KITP postdocs had a novel idea.
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Harrison Tasoff, UCSB Public Affairs
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

Marking up the Periodic Table at KITP

Summary

One of KITP’s goals is to bring together theorists and experimentalists with different expertise to intensively study important issues
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Jennifer Johnson, Ohio State University and Inese Ivans, University of Utah
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

A Missing Flag

Summary My journey in Physics started in my home country of Cameroon, completing a Master in Physics at the University of Buea in 2013 on the modelling of nerve impulses in biological neural networks. I then obtained a postgraduate diploma scholarship to study Condensed Matter Physics at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).
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Estelle Inack, Perimeter Institute
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

A Fruitful Collaboration Continues

Summary

Each summer, the Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology runs alongside a KITP biology program, distinguishing itself by linking the program’s critical discussion and exploration of important theoretical topics to the lab projects.
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Honour McCann, Massey University’s New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

Leon Balents Appointed Co-Director of CIFAR’s Quantum Materials Program

Summary

Scientists have known for a long time that nature is quantum, following physical principles — at the atomic and molecular levels — that to the naked eye would seem counterintuitive and downright surreal.
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Sonia Fernandez, UCSB Public Affairs
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

Quantum Metals Meet Gravity

Summary

Our Fall 2018 KITP program “Chaos and Order: from Strongly Correlated Systems to Black Holes” was triggered by progress that occurred in two distinct steps over a period of more than twenty years. A paper in 1993 and a series of talks at KITP in 2015! These remarkable insights are now referred to as the SYK (Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev) model.
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Mark Bowick, KITP Deputy Director
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

Director's Letter - Spring 2019

Summary Our cover image for the Spring Newsletter is from Gary Smaby, a long-time KITP friend and supporter. Read more

Lars Bildsten, KITP Director
KITP Newsletter, Spring 2019

Director's Letter - 2018 Impact Report

Summary I joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics nearly twenty years ago as a Permanent Member. Then Director David Gross explained why the move to Santa Barbara would enable me to expand my research and career in new directions.
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Lars Bildsten, KITP Director
2018 Impact Report