Joe Polchinski, KITP Permanent Member and the Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga Professor of Theoretical Physics was named a recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in San Francisco on December 4, 2016.   UCSB Press Release
Astrophysicists Matteo Cantiello and Yan-Fei Jiang at KITP will use a supercomputer to explore the driving forces behind mass loss in massive stars. The pair have been awarded 120 million CPU hours over two years on the supercomputer Mira — the sixth-fastest computer in the world — through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.
KITP’s Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars.
The next Café KITP at SOhO features Mike McCourt. Join him over dinner and drinks as he discusses gas clouds in the darkest reaches of galaxies and explains how they can be understood as a cosmic analog of fog. The event is on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6-7pm. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
Professor Immanuel Bloch presents "Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator"
The next Café KITP at SOhO, features Sophie Renner. Join her over dinner and drinks as she discusses the bumps in the light and clues us in to new particles that may make the Higgs look like chopped liver. The event is on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6-7pm. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
I am sad to share the news that Professor Walter Kohn, ITP's Founding Director, has passed away.
Professor Zvi Bern presents "Do I have to draw you a diagram? A tale of quantum gravity"
The next Café KITP at SOhO, features Tim Hsieh. Join him over dinner and drinks as he wrestles with the mysterious nature of quantum entanglement and highlights its increasingly central role in future computers, new phases of matter, and the actual nature of spacetime itself. The event is on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6-7pm. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
Physicist Sabetta Matsumoto, a visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), unpacked the math of curvature in easily understandable terms in her presentation "Purls of Wisdom". Her talk, part of the ongoing science series Café KITP, addressed the geometry and topology used in sewing garments and knitting clothes.
Professor Curt G. Callan presents "The Biological Future of Theoretical Physics"
A group of astronomers - including Matteo Cantiello and Lars Bildsten from UC Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) -has discovered that strong magnetic fields are very common in stars.