Stories full of monsters, captivating queens, invincible heroes, and, above all, children — brave, mischevious, inquisitive, high-spirited — told in a voice full of zest, irony, and extraordinary knowledge. A valuable story that deals with the subject of the conflict in the Middle East, through the innocent, disenchanted eyes of a boy Mahmud is 9 and has an unbridled passion for surfing. The waves of GazaCity are not honkers like those in Hawaii, but you can ride them, even with a wooden toilet seat.
And because, as his mother says, the sea is the only land where you can feel free, in a city targeted by daily bombings, where children play at guessing the tank models on the streets. But when a real surfer arrives on the beach with real surfboards, Mahumd finds a mentor to teach him the secrets of the sea. Yet he discovers they have the same dreams and are waiting for the same wave!
Dorian Paskowitz offered to organise surfing competitions between Israelis and Palestinians to unite in the sea two peoples divided on the same land. Polixena and Her Pig Disguised as a boy and with a false identity, Polixena travels around the world looking for her true parents. She joins Lucrezia, the young tumbler, and her group of acrobatic animals: a Saint Bernard, a bear, two monkeys, a goose and a little pig. The House on the Tree All children dream of having a secret house where to live on their own, far from rules and duties.
But not all of them are as lucky as Aglaia, who lives on the top of an extraordinary tree together with Bianca, an older friend with an incredible imagination. And that's why kids love Bianca Pitzorno. Italian fables are a treasure of Italian popular fairy-tale tradition. In , Italo Calvino made a selection from that treasure chest for younger readers. But soon the partisan battles involve him in a much tougher reality than his games. This surprising story, published for the first time in , is back resplendent with the vibrant illustrations of Giulia Orecchia.
Conceived in for the models by the artist Toti Scialoja, these three theatrical tales are published together for the first time, illustrated by the elegant plates of Fabian Negrin. The girls of the Rose A group of friends. A magic ring. Careful what you wish for: it might just come true!
Thirteen year old Alice desperately wants her mum to let her go to school by herself and not lose her best friends when they go to high school… Each girl in the group has a secret desire: Selene wants to perform in the school musical, Daria to get into the dance academy, Roberta to be appreciated for who she is, Milena to become captain of the volleyball team and kiss the boy she fancies. Nicoletta is fourteen years old and is terrified at the idea of starting high school. In junior high she was the superstar of the school, whereas now she has to start everything all over again.
But everything becomes easier to deal with when she meets her new desk partner: a rare example of the gorgeous-guy species. She absolutely has to move quickly before the intolerable flirty Francesca snares him! But Nico lacks experience in the field of love, so she starts a blog where she asks advice from the internet community.
This can only mean disaster From the author of In the Sea There are Crocodiles, an epic series that courageously launches children into a world to face the mysteries of life and death by themselves The Berlin Wall looms over a Berlin in ruins, without electricity or heating, all the houses have been repeatedly ransacked for every item that could aid survival, wild animals scavenge the streets and mother-nature is reclaiming Berlin with grass and roots ripping through the tarmac and cement.
Only those under eighteen have managed to survive the mysterious illness that has wiped out all adults. The publishing plan is inspired by the format used for television series: six books each with pages followed by a special double-length conclusive title. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in the most famous Italian school of storytelling Scuola Holden, in Turin. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles published in has been a worldwide success, translated in over thirty countries. He is the author of graphic novels and travel diaries such as Bim Bum Berlin, a docufiction on the German capital, where he has lived between and Life is not easy for her, a girl among so many male Apprentice Wizards, even more so when she discovers that she has a unique and extraordinary power: the ability to control the only natural element deemed uncontrollable by men, fire.
Magic versus trade and wealth: which is the most powerful? He has written more than 70 books for children including the international hit, Sherlock, Lupin and Me. Every Friday evening, for seventeen years, a group of friends gather at his house to hear and tell magical stories. His previous work includes The King. The Black King Fazi Pam and Sam destinies are now fatally interweaved by an ancient and mysterious ritual. Telling the difference between friends and enemies is getting more and more difficult….
Opening it could trigger unpredictable consequences When almost all the people in the clan suddenly fall ill, Robin gets the guilt, as she had welcomed a weird sick pilgrim the night before. She is also made to believe that Robert is dead because of the poisoning, so she runs away, desperate, and walks for days till she gets to Newcastle.
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Here she gets to know shy and mysterious Lucy. One night Robert finds her out, and to mutual relief they seal the unexpected meeting with a kiss. Soon they discover that Lucy is the daughter of evil Count Nickolaus, the one who ruled the poisoning to get rid of the clan.
Nickolaus is ready to fight for his politics, as much as Robin and Robert are for their friends! Robin is a generous outlaw who robs the rich to give to the poor. Robin moves as fast as a burning arrow in the dark wood. Robin is lively, loyal and an excellent archer. Robin and the Merry Men are known all over the land.
White Star Can the girl who talks with horses cope with the emotions of a foal being born? Is there a way for Crys to keep the whole of her heart happy? She is passionate about animals as well as being an expert horsewoman. For Piemme and Mondadori she has written numerous successful series and titles for girls in the age-range. A sparkling saga from the most beloved Italian fantasy author Sofia knows that nobody adopts a thirteen-year-old. Life in the orphanage is dreary and monotonous, until one day an anthropology professor adopts her and takes her away.
He reveals to her that the mole on her forehead is a sign that in her dwells the spirit of the dragon Thuban. Three thousand years ago this powerful creature defeated Nidhoggr, the treacherous wyvern who sought to destroy the Tree of the World and alter the balance of Nature forever. Thuban imprisoned him in the bowls of the Earth, but the seal holding him in has grown weak with time.
Sofia, the girl with the dragon spirit, must believe in her gift. A series for sturdy and romantic girls, with their feet on pedals and their heart in the clouds There is a place where unreceived letters, lost presents, and unsaid words end up. There are eyes that can read the wind and hearts that can fly. Thirteen years old with a racing bike on hand to speed off on as soon as anyone starts talking about love. Like her classmate Lucia, who seems to think of nothing else, or Emma, who knows everything about.
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Greta does not believe in love Seventeen years old, as beautiful as an angel, as mysterious as the packages he delivers around Rome on his bike. To discover his secret, the three girls land at a do-it-yourself bike repair centre where miraculous things happen. Here they discover that Anselmo can read the future. Written in the wind with weaves of light. In the darkness of the greatest mystery that is love. But where does he come from? From another planet? How does he could manage to get home? And how will he look? And most of all, she wants to play with him, can he arrive straight away?
The fun and freedom of playing with imagination The five inseparable friends are always looking for adventures. After having met a magic pot, a wizard and a sea dragon and rambling through the fairy tales, fun and surpise are not over! A collection which guides young readers in the pleasure of reading, through simple text and bright illustrations. Along the way to the theatre the little boy will bump into enormous green monsters, walk along piano keys and see candyfloss clouds… Is it possible that the excitement of going to see his dad has sent him loopy?
Books - what a bore! After sitting still for a while, your legs beocme numb and your eyes burn. But Anna the teahcer says that when you find the perfect book you never get bored and that people are lost without books. What an exaggeration! You can do lots of things withour books! But maybe you will miss a lot of wonderful adventure. Will rivalry or team spirit prevail? Lucia is sat on the sideline benches transfixed by the sight of her dad training twenty rough teenage boys. She would love to slip on some football boots instead of the same old ballet shoes! She would send a great pass to that talented striker Tonio!
If only they could find a way to stop fighting…. A smart story to introduct the topics of prejudice and gender difference. He no longer understands which things are for girls and which are for boys. Pierdo is fascinated by documentaries about explorers and dreams of following in their footsteps: living adventurously in the outdoors, challenging himself against the wilderness. You do not need much to get things going: a few mates, a shared passion, a secret base and a good name: Explorer Club.
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The autobiographical account of the childhood of one of the most successful Italian writers for children. When the teacher suggests to the class to publish a newspaper, straightaway the project is a great success! This is largely thanks to the daring comic strips created by Yusuf, the Syrian boy who has found asylum in Italy.
The Gold Stepping Stones put into rhyme some fundamental ethic questions and important principles of living in society, such as freedom, duty and rights, peace and war, justice, multiculturalism, history, children rights and feelings. The right to healthy and safe food explained to children. What do you need to make a pizza?
Flour, yeast, tomatoes, mozzarella, oil, water. For the wheat you need seeds, soil, rain, sun and farmers. I Want to Be a Scientist What kind of scientist are you? Archeologist or vulcanist? Address: Strada Costiera 11 Trieste Italy. Speaker s : Prof. Cosponsor s : cambridge nvidia. Secretary: Rosa Del Rio. Chung and B. Kunze Ruhr Univ. Stambulchik Weizmann Inst.
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See our guidelines. External organizations can pay for and organize their own high-level scientific and cultural events at ICTP. Travel fellowships for ICTP conferences and workshops are available. Download a pdf of the Scientific Calendar. Sync your calendar Download records:. Calendar file. This implies the existence of non-empty open sets of exponentially mixing Anosov flows. Joint work with Khadim War. The study of these flows dates back to Novikov in the 80s and since then many properties have been investigated. Starting from an overview of the known results, we will show that typical such flows admitting several minimal components are mixing when restricted to each minimal component and we provide an estimate on the decay of correlations for smooth observables.
We conclude showing how this allows to prove rigorously the noise-induced order phenomenon for a model of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, that had been discovered with numerical simulations by Matsumoto-Tsuda in Application to the statistical stability Abstract: We consider dynamical systems preserving a weaky contracting foliation.
We show some suitable spaces of measures with sign whose regularity is defined trough a disintegration on the preserved foliation adapted to this kind of systems. The spaces are well behaved with respect to the action of the transfer operator and in particular they satisfy a kind of Lasota Yorke inequality. By this, and by the speed of decay of correlations of these systems, which is known from previous works, we deduce quantitative statements about the statistical stability of such systems. Following the tradition of the previous meetings, it will be devoted to recent advances in computational condensed matter physics and materials science, based on realistic calculations of the electronic structure of complex systems.
As in previous events of this series, the Workshop will consist of invited talks and contributed poster sessions, with ample space devoted to discussion. Order is an organisational principle that gives a material its macroscopic properties. Equilibration is the most common phenomenon in Nature. There is no other law that is stronger than the one that imposes systems to eventually reach equilibrium.
On the other hand, memory is the property of staying away from equilibrium. If one has to store information, one has to keep a system away from equilibrium for long times. All these concepts can be illustrated by the functioning of a device that we use every day: the Hard Drive. In this talk, I will tackle the following question: can one build a Quantum Hard Drive?
In this talk, I show that the existence of exotic phases of the matter called topological phases - which do not rely on the symmetry breaking mechanism - provides a mechanism for keeping quantum states alive for a long time, and therefore to build a quantum hard drive. This kind of order relies on a topological pattern of entanglement. I will address the problem of the survival of Topological Order at finite temperature and after a quantum quench. Time permitting, I will discuss some novel routes towards a stable quantum memory, including many-body localization.
ICTP pio ictp. Seminar Start Time: The award ceremony will take place on Friday 13 January at 9. The event is open to all and will also be livestreamed from the ICTP website. A Docker image was also create for this Workshop, including most of the material script, input files, pseudopotentials, etc.. The goal of the Workshop is to enable participating scientists to combine the most advanced approaches to quantum materials simulation with an in-depth understanding of modern parallel architectures.
The intensive program will offer theoretical and technical lectures, as well as demonstrations and dedicated hands-on sessions exploring the most relevant HPC resources for scientific production. ICTP Guesthouse price information is available here. There is NO registration fee. Free meal coupons for the ICTP cafeteria will be provided to all participants. In the limit where the confining potential is very steep we find that the eigenstates have a Jack polynomial structure, identical to the one-dimensional Calogero-Sutherland model, and have an energy spectrum extremely different from the well known Luttinger liquid edge.
One example is the rigidity of solid bodies which, especially for amorphous materials, we do not yet understand. In this talk I will review the Mode-Coupling Theory of glassy dynamics with its Random First Order Transition extension , and show that it is equivalent to an alternative approach based on the notion, crude and subtle at once, of kinetic constraint. The emerging universality and the geometrical interpretation of the unusual dynamical scaling laws observed near the glass transition will be discussed.
We study moduli space of stable compactly supported 2-dimensional sheaves on the total spaces of L. We identify certain components of the fixed locus of the moduli space with the moduli space of torsion free sheaves on S and the nested Hilbert schemes on S. We define reduced Donaldson-Thomas invariants by virtual localization. Vafa-Witten invariants are expected to have modular properties predicted by S-duality. We further show that in this case, in combination with Mochizuki's formulas, we are able to express these equivariant Donaldson-Thomas invariants on the total space of canonical bundle of S in terms of our invariants of nested Hilbert schemes in talk 1, the Seiberg-Witten invariants of S, and the integrals over the products of Hilbert schemes of points on S.
Biosketch: After graduating from Exeter and St Andrews, Michael Berry entered Bristol University, where he has been for more than twice as long he has not. He is a physicist, focusing on the physics of the mathematics…of the physics. Applications include the geometry of singularities caustics on large scales, vortices on fine scales in optics and other waves, connections between classical and quantum physics, and the physical asymptotics of divergent series.
He delights in finding the arcane in the mundane — abstract and subtle concepts in familiar or dramatic phenomena: Singularities of smooth gradient maps in rainbows and tsunamis; The Laplace operator in oriental magic mirrors; Elliptic integrals in the polarization pattern of the clear blue sky; Geometry of twists and turns in quantum indistinguishability; Matrix degeneracies in overhead-projector transparencies; Gauss sums in the light beyond a humble diffraction grating. The lectures take place at You cannot move because your neighbors block you and your neighbors cannot move because you block them.
Jamming is a collective phenomenon. Marble pebbles on the beach are one example of jamming. However also for well-levigated pebbles, friction will plays an important role. Statistical mechanics may be used to study the case of systems without friction. The most studied case is the hard sphere gas where the jamming point is reached in the limit of infinite pressure.
In the case of frictionless jamming long-range correlations are present: we have a new kind of critical system. Recently the properties of the hard sphere gas have been analytically computed in the framework of the mean field approximation. Non-trivial critical exponents have been found. The behavior of the correlation functions at large distances has not yet computed it is technically very challenging : at the end one should find a new scaling invariant field theory.
As such, a Teichmueller curve in genus 2 moduli space naturally parametrizes a family of Kummer K3 surfaces. We will discuss the geometry of such a family of K3 surfaces arising from Teichmueller curves, with special emphasis on the variation of Hodge structure and mirror symmetry. Time permitting, we will talk about 'attractive' K3 surfaces, which are special fibers of this family, that provide a fascinating link between the arithmetic theory of complex multiplication and black holes in type IIB string theory compactified on the product of a K3 surface with an elliptic curve This is ongoing work with Atish Dabholkar ICTP.
The estimator uses only distances between the points and not the coordinates and does not require any assumption on the functional form of the probability distribution. We discuss its accuracy on artificial data sets including probability values spanning many orders of magnitude. The availability of an error estimate allows distinguishing genuine density peaks from statistical fluctuations due to finite sampling. This is an essential ingredient for robustly inferring the topography of the probability distributions, namely for finding the location and height of the density peaks and of the saddles between them.
I'll then provide explict applications of it to the Ising and the XYZ spin chain. I will finally argue how the mass spectrum of a theory can be inferred from quantum dynamical experiments and Fourier analysis: these considerations notably apply to the spectrum of Ising field theory in a magnetic field Zamolodchikov "E8" spectrum. The Preparatory School will provide background tutorials and exercises designed to help the participants in following the College lectures. Due to the advantages of being robust, simple, and efficient, STIRAP and its theoretical extensions have found a large variety of applications in atomic and molecular physics, chemistry, as well as quantum information processing.
Most recently, the coherent control of solid-state devices has led to remarkable demonstrations of STIRAP with superconducting qubits, optomechanical systems, and NV centers. However, differently from atomic systems, most solid-state quantum devices suffer significant dissipation, thus the prolonged operation time of STIRAP required by adiabaticity becomes a severe drawback.
In order to provide physical insight and understand the ultimate power of STIRAP, we have pursued an analytical treatment with full consideration of system dissipation. We find that optimizing the transfer time rather than coupling profiles leads to a significant improvement of the transfer fidelity. The upper bound of the fidelity has been found as a simple function of system cooperativities. We also provide a systematic approach to reach this upper bound efficiently.
By including the dissipation of all the parties, our results are widely applicable to quantum state engineering and are particularly relevant for solid-state devices. The formula is related to the Whittaker-Shannon interpolation formula for band-limited functions, but uses square roots of integers instead of integers as sampling points. The talk is based on a joint work with Maryna Viazovska. The scope of the course is to promote new theoretical and experimental methods, concepts, instruments, measurement techniques and data analysis routines for both Laboratory and industrial applications to train students and scientists, as well as to coordinate international activities and collaborations in this area.
By focusing on both theory and applications, the College will also provide an interesting intersection of emerging techniques and experimental methods with theoretical advances in the field. The lectures will focus on a variety of topics related to biological applications, environmental research and material characterization. Hands-on sessions will be organized every day of the college in the ICTP laboratories accompanied by library documentation finalized with round-table discussion. Its representation theory is closely connected to the geometry of the action of W of V.
The classification of the finite dimensional representations of the rational Cherednik algebra is a long-standing open problem. In the case of a real reflection group, Etingof has proved that part of this classification may be done using the Macdonald-Mehta integral and the b-function of the discriminant for W. We explain a new proof of Etingof's criterion that extends it to all complex reflection groups. This is joint work with Daniel Juteau.
Each eigenvalue of the observable happens to be a possible outcome of the measurement process with a given probability, and the original state of the system collapses into the corresponding eigenstate. Weakly measuring an observable i. Employing composite measurement protocols, e. Such composite protocols can be employed, inter alia, for efficient weak signal amplification; they provide a tool for quantum state discrimination, and may facilitate direct, yet non-destructive, observation of quantum virtual states.
A very recent challenge is their utility in probing topological states of matter. I will address the principles and applications—present and future-- of weak measurement protocols, paying particular attention to the arena of solid state physics. His research concerns the movement and interaction of electrons in systems on the "nano scale" which lays the foundations for the field of nano-electronics.
One of his predictions—that currents traveling through extremely small pieces of metal or semiconductor material can be measured in single electrons—helped establish the lower limit of what characterizes the flow of electricity, and eventually led to the experimental design of a single-electron transistor. Professor Gefen is the recipient of many honors and fellowships, among them the Morris L. If the coupling strength is small, the QRM can be approximated by the Jaynes-Cummings JC model, where counter-rotating terms are neglected.
Although these models have only few degrees of freedom, recent work has shown that a suitable limit of both the QRM  and JC model  displays a quantum phase transition similar to Dicke superradiance. In this talk we extend these results to the anisotropic QRM, where rotating- and counter-rotating terms have different weights. This question is important since typical realizations of strong light-matter interactions e. Furthermore, the quantum phase transition has different universal properties in the known JC and isotropic QRM limits.
Through a combination of analytic and numerical approaches we compute phase diagram, scaling functions, and critical exponents, which allows us to establish that the universality class with finite anisotropy is the same of the QRM. We also find other interesting features, like a superradiance-induced freezing of the effective mass and discontinuous scaling functions in the JC limit. Hwang, R. Puebla, and M. Plenio, Phys. Hwang and M. Such integration creates what is called cyber-physical systems or, preferred by communication engineers, the Internet of Things.
Such systems combine both physical components which are modeled by continuous paradigms such as differential equations and computing elements which are inherently discrete. In this talk we give an introduction to a part of computability theory, called computable analysis, which has been developed to address issues of computability over continuous domains.
We show one application of such approach in the complexity-theoretic analysis of the reachability problem in dynamical systems. We'll analyze available results - which have moderate excesses - and discuss on possible paths to follow in order to seek for possible NP that couples mainly to third generation of quarks. We identify in parameter space the relevant and yet unexplored regions. We propose a new kinematic observable for resonance search and study the phenomenological natural units as a shortcut to understand and discuss the most sensitive channels to a given model.
An important and relevant question is whether it is possible to travel from an equilibrium state to another in an arbitrary time, much shorter than the natural relaxation time. Such strategies are reminiscent of those worked out in the recent field of Shortcut to Adiabaticity, that aim at developing protocols, both in quantum and in classical regimes, allowing the system to move as fast as possible from one equilibrium position to a new one, provided that there exist an adiabatic transformation relating the two.
Proof of principle experiments have been carried out for isolated systems. Instead in open system the reduction of the relaxation time, which is frequently desired and necessary, is often obtained by complex feedback processes. In this talk, we present a protocol, named Engineering ESE , that shortcuts time-consuming relaxations. We tested experimentally this protocol on a Brownian particle trapped in an optical potential first and then on an AFM cantilever. We show that applying a specific driving, one can reach equilibrium in an arbitrary short time.
We also estimate the energetic cost to get such a time reduction. Beyond its fundamental interest, the ESE method paves the way for applictions in micro and nano devices, in high speed AFM, or in monitoring mesoscopic chemical or biological process. Abstract: I will review several isoperimetric theorems, pointing out some more or less well-known open problems. I then introduce some key results in the theory of quantitative isoperimetry. The necessary mathematical background should be minimal.
The compiler is freely available in the "Community Edition"on PGi website. People are encouraged to engage actively during the event and to bring their own codes to work on them with lab instructors. No prior knowledge of GPU computing is required. Registration is mandatory, please ask if free seats are available by contacting Filippo Spiga spiga. The event will provide advanced training in theoretical and computational methods for atomic processes in plasmas.
The schedule will feature lectures by international experts, exposure to modern scientific computer codes, posters and discussion sessions, with good time available for personal interaction. We expect participants from around the world. Even in fully ionized plasmas, which are typical for fusion energy research, atomic processes are very important as they underlie all impurity-based spectroscopic diagnostics. The school will assist qualified Ph. Participants will become acquainted with their international peers and will have a unique opportunity to establish links for their mutual support.
Knowledge transfer will be facilitated between individuals from developed and developing countries. The School will consist of lectures, computer labs and participant presentations. Tools from functional analysis and operator algebras are used to construct, in a noncommutative framework, analogues of such things as homology, cohomology, K-theory and so on, which are typical of classical geometry.
Among the most important models of noncommutative geometry there are those coming from quantum theories in diverse forms, starting with quantum mechanics and arriving to quantum field theories and quantum gravity. And there are applications to a variety of fields including number theory. There will also be a series of talks covering several aspects of noncommutative geometry, quantum groups, operator algebras and their applications in mathematics and physics.
F-theory is a non-perturbative realisation of string theory that is written in the language of algebraic geometry, and has always benefitted greatly from interdisciplinary interactions such as this conference. TOPICS: Phenomenological aspects of F-theory particle physics, including Grand Unification, proton decay, selection rules, Yukawa couplings Analysis of effective theories arising from F-theory compactifications to various dimensions Dualities to other string theories New mathematical advances including geometrical aspects of elliptic fibrations, Matrix Factorisation, resolution of singular manifolds, Calabi-Yau four-folds and five-folds.
A detailed programme of the Ceremony will be available shortly. In conjunction with the Ceremony, a keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Nicola Marzari, on "Computational materials science enters a new age". Marzari holds a degree in physics from the University of Trieste and a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge He was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University and a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory and at Princeton University In he was appointed assistant professor of computational materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was promoted to associate professor in and to the Toyota Chair of Materials Engineering in Abstract: The last 30 years have seen the steady and exhilarating development of powerful quantum simulation techniques, often based on density-functional theory, to understand, predict, or even design the properties of complex molecules or materials.
Since these simulations are performed without any experimental input or parameter they can streamline, accelerate, or replace actual physical experiments. This is a far-reaching paradigm shift, substituting the cost- and time-scaling of brick-and-mortar facilities, equipment, and personnel with those, very different, of computing engines. Nevertheless, computational science remains anchored to a renaissance model of individual artisans gathered in a workshop, under the guidance of an established practitioner.
Great benefits could follow from rethinking such model, while adopting concepts and tools from computer science for the automation, management, preservation, analytics, and dissemination of these computational efforts. I will offer my perspective on the current state-of-the-art in the field, its power and limitations, the role and opportunities of high-throughput computing, and some examples that hint at the novel approaches that are emerging. Set in the stimulating research environment of its co-organizer institutions, SISSA and ICTP, the program combines lectures with hands-on and applied projects to prepare future HPC specialists for academia and industry.
Especially atoms excited to highly-lying electronic states so-called Rydberg atoms offer rather intriguing possibilities for the exploration of strongly correlated dynamics. In this talk I will show that the out-of-equilibrium behaviour of these systems is governed by emergent kinetic constraints, which are often used to mimic dynamical arrest or excluded volume effects in idealised models of glass forming substances.
In Rydberg gases exposed to a noisy environment these constraints emerge naturally and lead to a remarkably rich dynamics although the final stationary state might be entirely uncorrelated and trivial. Dynamical features include a self-similar relaxation, the existence of correlated growth as well as the emergence of non-equilibrium phase transitions of the directed percolation universality class, whose experimental observation so far has been challenging.
Moreover, Rydberg gases offer an opportunity for the systematic exploration of the role of competing quantum and classical dynamical effects on the aforementioned non-equilibrium phase transitions. A particularly accessible instance are quiver moduli, encoding linear algebra problems. Duality symmetries discovered in string theory play a key role. Biosketch: Cumrun Vafa is a theoretical physicist whose primary area of research is string theory.
In , he received the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, together with Polchinski and Andrew Strominger, for transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity. Numerous catalytic materials are being proposed every day in the literature, with surprising and exciting new reactivities being disclosed, and interesting novel concepts being proposed.
The study of catalytic processes starting from better defined materials that are tuned in morphology, composition and shape is opening new perspectives for catalyst design. For example, use of nanocrystals in CO oxidation turned out to be crucially dependent on the interfacial contact of the support ceria with the metal nanoparticle active sites , while valorization of biomasses were employed as reactants for catalysis by carbon-supported, Pt and PtCo nanocrystals NCs with controlled size and composition .
A particular type of structure is represented by nanosized core-shell phases, which proved to be superior catalysts in several catalytic reactions, such as methane combustion  as well as photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from biomass-derived substrates  or electrocatalytic water electrolysis  when integrated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Every day, nanotechnology applied to heterogeneous catalysts is creating new opportunities for important breakthroughs.
Science His work in operator algebras has application in a number of areas, including number theory and particle physics. Modern scientific research work involves using computers for simulation, modeling, data processing and visualization. The growing complexity of those calculations favors using software packages that provide an abstract interface to computations through scripting language interfaces, modular software design, and code reuse. Such design patterns also facilitate transparent optimizations for modern multi- core architectures or accelerators, and specialization of contributors to subsets of a package program.
Software package developers therefore need to learn how to work effectively in a collaborative environment. This Hands-on Workshop focuses on disseminating best practices and building fundamental skills in creating, extending and collaborating on modular and reusable software frameworks with a scripting language interface.
The curriculum also covers using modern collaborative software management tools, testing frameworks, and embedding structured documentation into software packages. Participants will develop skills in the use of open-source hardware and software tools and develop geographical information system GIS maps.
Throughout the workshop participants will engage with decision makers, leading technology thinkers, scientists and journalists on issues surrounding the collection and use of quantitative and qualitative information in the public domain and the powerful role an active informed citizen can have in society.
Thanks to specialized hardware, distributed computing and enhanced sampling techniques, the timescales that can be reached by simulations and the shortest timescales that can be probed experimentally are now overlapping. Besides providing more benchmarks with which theoretical models can be validated, atomistic simulations give valuable information on microscopic details that help in the interpretation of experiments. It can be foreseen that in the near future, the scientific community will start trusting simulations as a genuinely predictive tool, whose outcome is valid even without direct experimental support.
In the next years, simulations are likely to play a crucial role in understanding how life machinery works. The scope of this conference is bringing together experts working in the field of atomistic simulations of biomolecules, with particular attention to exposing scientists working in developing countries to the state of the art methods and applications possible in the field. It will also serve to link together both students and faculty, to encourage involvement for exchange and collaboration. Topics will include: 1 Simulation of nucleic acids; 2 Protein folding and aggregation; 3 Molecular recognition; 4 The role of water in bio-molecular processes; 5 Algorithm development for enhanced sampling and multiscale simulations; 6 Force-fields for bio-molecular simulations.
This presentation will give an overview on recent developments in solar technologies that may address, in part the energy challenge. In particular, nanostructured materials synthesized via the bottom—up approach present an opportunity for future generation low cost manufacturing of devices . We demonstrate various strategies to control nanostructure assembly, to design and synthesize functional materials that will help address the energy challenge.
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In particular, I will go into the Hierarchical Gaussian Filter HGF , a generic hierarchical model of inference on volatile and uncertain states. In this context, I will also give examples of neuroscientific studies where the HGF was used. To understand how proteins function, we study their dynamics with molecular simulations that cover a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.
The resulting simulation trajectories are compared directly to femtosecond time-resolved protein crystallography and solution scattering experiments at an X-ray free electron laser XFEL , and to femtosecond optical spectroscopy. At intermediate scales, we study the functional dynamics in molecular rotary motors and pumps using classical molecular dynamics simulations. At the slow extreme, we combine atomistic and coarse-grained simulations to find out how eukaryotic cells probe the physical characteristics of their lipid membranes, and in response activate regulatory processes.
For these systems, and for biomolecular machines in general, molecular dynamics simulations provide us with critical insight into the molecular principles underlying their efficient operation. He joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a group leader Dr Hummer uses molecular simulations, modeling, and theory to study the structure and dynamics of biological systems at the molecular level, in an effort to elucidate their function.
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His current research focuses on molecular principles in bioenergetics, membrane transport, and membrane remodeling. After presenting the intriguing personalities of Nikola Tesla, Hypatia and last year's "R. You may have seen the recent film "The man who knew infinity" that tells his story. The school's video production is inspired by the life of Ramanujan and reinterprets some aspects of his life, especially during the early years. Questions such as how inspiring was the story of Ramanujan's life, or what lessons could one draw from his experience, what is "creativity", where is it to be found, where does an idea come from, how does one recognize a genius, is school necessary, and so on The gate-voltage and temperature dependence of the transport properties is discussed in various regimes.
For a particular value of the assisted hopping parameter a peculiar discontinuous behaviour and very high Seebeck coefficient is found . Similar discontinuous behaviour is found in a triple quantum dot system exhibiting regular and singular Fermi liquid transitions . References:  Effect of assisted hopping on thermopower in an interacting quantum dot, S. Tooski, A. Ramsak, B. Bulka, and R. Zitko, New J. Ramsak, and B. The event aim to develop a series of recommendations on scientific refugees that can be of value to policymakers, research centres, educational institutions and refugee resettlement organisations.
The meeting is by invitation only but space is reserved for a number of locally based scientists who have personal experiences in this area that they may like to share. If interested, please contact sciencediplomacy twas. Peter McGrath with a justification for attending. Space is limited and invited scientists will be informed by 28 February. For more information contact: sciencediplomacy twas. The general objectives of the proposed workshop are to expose the local and regional communities to a broad and historical perspective on the science of climate and climate change.
This includes anthropogenic influences on climate and the state-of-the-science on global and regional climate change studies. The idea for a workshop stems from the need to foster and promote collaborations, research projects and educational programs between experts in the field and their universities and central American institutions and Universities on climate dynamics, global and regional climate change, and adaptation and mitigation strategies for the central American and Caribbean rim countries. The workshop should also pave the way for fruitful discussions between world experts and central American scientists with a goal of identifying the most needed research topics to be developed in the region.
The most famous, yet elusive form of quantum correlation is represented by entanglement, a property well defined and investigated for pure states, and envisioned as a resource for nearly all technological tasks harnessing quantum many-body systems. In the real life of mixed states incoherent fluctuations appear in the game, making the distinction of quantum vs. At the same time, the exquisite level of control achieved by experiments in atomic, molecular and optical AMO physics enables nowadays to engineer correlated phases of quantum many-body systems, so that the ability to characterize and control quantum correlations becomes a fundamental question.
In this seminar I will try to offer a broad overview of the theoretical importance of quantum correlations, starting from their very definition - to which we contributed recently with a statistical physics approach allowing to calculate them in generic systems, and potentially to measure them for a large class of quantum many-body systems relevant to experiments in AMO physics and solid-state physics. I will moreover discuss the centrality of quantum correlations in the dynamics that leads a closed quantum system to relax to an equilibrium state, contrasting the case of short-range interactions with that of long-range ones: this contrast allows to enlighten the role of elementary excitations and in particular of their dispersion relation as the "carriers" of quantum correlations.
Within this context I will also comment on some misinterpretations of the data that are sometimes reported, for example in the press. I will then focus on the topic of attribution of the observed warming trend to the increase of greenhouse gas concentrations of anthropogenic origin, and how climate models play a crucial role within this context. Finally, I will review the concept of future climate prediction or projection and the different sources of uncertainty underlying climate projections, including a discussion of the topic of uncertainty characterization within the context of the climate change debate.
The activity is intended for theoretical physicists or mathematicians with knowledge of quantum field theory, general relativity and string theory. IPMU M. By chiral coupling we mean an asymmetric coupling of the nodes to the left and right propagating guided modes. Chiral networks can also be realized using two-dimensional topological materials with spins or photons.
Remarkably, the driven dissipative dynamics of the network can be described by a chiral Master Equation, which predicts steady states in form of pure states consisting of quantum dimers. Quantum networks have also applications is the context of Quantum information. In this talk, I will present two results showing how to achieve robust Quantum Communication protocols between two nodes of an imperfect, "dirty", chiral quantum network. I will first present a model of topologically protected chiral quantum network, which can be realized with Rydberg atoms, and show how to achieve Quantum Communication in the presence of defects.
In a second part, I will discuss the effect of noise in Quantum networks. I will present a new protocol which allows faithful transfer of quantum states between two distant cavities of a quantum network connected by a noisy waveguide.
This is a result of the linearity of the overall system as coupled harmonic oscillators , which allows injected noise propagating ballistically in the waveguide, and acting on both cavities to drop out by quantum interference. Our proposed protocol and quantum optical setups can be realized with state of the art experimental techniques in both photonic and phononic quantum circuits.
Sinha is a string theorist whose work crosses multiple disciplines, from quantum field theory to condensed matter physics. He is particularly known for a number of inventive contributions to the application of the holographic connection between theories of gravity and strongly coupled condensed matter physics.
In recent years his publications have covered aspects of the holographic correspondence between gauge theory and gravity, its applications to aspects of fluid dynamics and connections with black hole dynamics and entanglement entropy. Exact asymptotics of Liouville field theory correlation functions provide predictions of new critical behaviours and in particular extend to arbitrary temperature a recent work of Derrida and Mottishaw on the directed polymer on a Cayley tree.
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The detailed programme of the Award Ceremony is available at the link below. The techniques employed in the proof work particularly well for manifolds of non-positive sectional curvature, and in this case one can prove a strengthen result. Equipped with these Price type inequalities, I then study the asymptotic behavior of Betti numbers along infinite towers of regular coverings.
Finally, I will discuss the case of compact real and complex hyperbolic manifolds in more details. Joint work with M. By showing the consistency of the approximation and that the method satisfies the discrete maximum principle we establish convergence to the viscosity solution. By properly choosing each of the scales, and using the recently derived discrete Alexandrov Bakelman Pucci estimate we can deduce rates of convergence.
Candidates should have a specific career interest in, or knowledge of nuclear security, although their academic and technical background may vary. Before applying please check prerequisites indicated on the official announcement, which can be dowloaded from this page. The Atom-Chip is also equipped with RF sources for coherent transfer of atoms between internal states in order to realize an atom interferometer . We demonstrate a novel scheme for the tomographic reconstruction of atomic states that combines the inherent stability of the atom chip setup with the flexibility of optimization schemes .
This scheme allowed confirming of the superb control on parameters allowed by the experimental set-up and put it to use on improved control algorithms to realise arbitrary superposition states . In the same set-up we can further control the available Hilbert space for quantum evolution exploiting Quantum Zeno dynamics . Finally we show a possible route for controlling the coupling to an environment by experimentally demonstrating the stochastic Quantum Zeno effect; i. These experiments prove that Atom Chips can be ideal tools for the control of quantum dynamics opening a new way to realizing novel quantum logical gates.
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Lovecchio, et al. A 93, R  F. Schaefer, et al. Gherardini, et al. We study light asymptotic limit of conformal blocks in two-dimensional Liouville and Toda conformal field theories. Using AGT correspondence we obtain elegant expressions for the light asymptotic limit of certain class of conformal blocks. We show that for certain class of conformal blocks the corresponding Nekrasov functions in this limit are simplified drastically being represented as a sum of a restricted class of Young tableaux.
First, the linear-response theory of heat transport has long been deemed incompatible with modern simulation techniques based on electronic-structure theory, because the quantum mechanical heat flux that enters the Green-Kubo formula is inherently ill defined. Second, it is commonly thought that the application of this theory would require very long molecular-dynamics simulations, much longer in fact than the typical heat-flux auto-correlation times one is required to evaluate. In this talk I will described the efforts done at SISSA over the past few years to overcome this state of affairs, which resulted in a methodology allowing us to compute heat transport coefficients from equilibrium ab-initio molecular dynamics, no less than in a deeper understanding of the theory of hydrodynamic fluctuations and their numerical analysis through the statistical theory of stationary time series.
These maps define what we call a second generation I. We prove that when this latter either is the attractor of a finite, non-singular, hyperbolic, I. It is now an established fact that black holes behave as thermodynamical systems with a blackbody radiation, the Hawking radiation.
Appearance of gravitational arrow of time from gravitational collapse and formation of black hole to its evaporation due to Hawking radiation and restoration of unitarity of black hole dynamics, as in any thermodynamical system, may be attributed to presence of an underlying microscopic statistical mechanical system. These microscopic degrees of freedom are usually called black hole microstates.
Identifying the black hole microstates and counting them to get the black hole entropy, despite the progress in some very special cases, has remained a big challenge in theoretical high energy physics. In this talk I present the proposal we recently made for identification of certain three dimensional black hole microstates, the horizon fluffs proposal, and discuss how it may be extended to more realistic rotating Kerr black holes.
Fermat's last theorem was proved by Wiles et al. The million dollar worth Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture is concerned with the behavior of the zeroes of such Hasse-Weil zeta functions. More recently, and perhaps surprisingly, Hasse-Weil zeta functions of three dimensional Calabi-Yau manifolds have found applications in the study of black holes in the context of type II string theory. In this course we will study a few examples where the Hasse-Weil zeta functions are well understood. Our list of examples will include the following: - Elliptic curves with complex multiplication - Modular curves - Hyperelliptic curves over number fields - Attractive K3 surfaces - Del Pezzo surfaces over the rational numbers We will first introduce all of the objects above over the field of complex numbers, so people interested solely in the complex geometry of these objects can benefit.
After defining Hasse-Weil zeta functions in general, we will study these zeta functions for the above objects where a lot of their conjectural properties can be tested. To be more concrete, we will use the the computer algebra program MAGMA in which a number of algorithms have been implemented to construct these zeta functions explicitly. This will allow us to experiment and explore these zeta functions in a hands on way. The course will consist of ten lectures, each one hour long.
For students taking the course for credit, the final exam will be in the form of a thirty minute presentation on a topic of their choice.