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Connecting Fundamental Physics and Cosmology

16th August 1999 to 20th August 1999

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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Structure Formation in the Universe

July - December 1999

Organisers: VA Rubakov (Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow), PJ Steinhardt (Princeton), NG Turok (Cambridge)

 Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Connecting Fundamental Physics and Cosmology

EC Summer School 16-20 August and Workshop 22-27 August 1999

Organisers: T Banks, VA Rubakov, PJ Steinhardt and NG Turok

Programme for the Summer School    Programme for the workshop

Programme Theme:

Throughout this century, physicists have recognized the profound relationship between fundamental physics and cosmology. Understanding events in the first instants after the big bang requires knowledge of the nature's elementary constituents and their interactions. In recent years, as particle/string theory has pushed the frontier to energy scales beyond the reach of accelerators, cosmology has emerged as one of the most effective ways of probing theoretical proposals. In the last few years, however, this connection has been less in evidence. Cosmologists have been focusing on the impending breakthroughs in observations, including high resolution measurements of the cosmic microwave background anistropy, three dimensional surveys of the galaxy distribution, and observations of the mass distribution via gravitational lensing. String theorists have been focusing on new developments in string theory, M-theory, and its application to black holes. During this period new discoveries and puzzles have emerged in both subfields which hint at possible connections.

This programme is a combination of School (16-20 August) and Workshop (22-27 August) designed to explore new research areas at the cosmology/fundamental physics interface. The first week will be a School in which leaders in cosmology and fundamental physics will give pedagogical reviews focussing on the key unsolved problems that may benefit from cross-interaction. Talks by particle/string theorists, will include fundamentals of string theory, M-theory, Horava-Witten cosmology, large and small dimensions, moduli and other light fields, and the cosmological constant. Talks by cosmologists will highlight outstanding problems regarding inflationary cosmology, dark matter, missing energy, baryogenesis, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and cosmic defects, along with a prospectus on forthcoming developments in observation.

The second week will be a Workshop of more specialized talks with extensive time for small-group interaction and informal discussion with the aim of initiating new research and collaborations. Applicants should contact the organizers if they wish to make a presentation at the Workshop.

Speakers for School:

Tom Banks, Keith Dienes, Savas Dimopoulos, Michael Duff, Alan Guth*, Juan Maldacena, Burt Ovrut, Lisa Randall*, Valery Rubakov, David Spergel*, Paul Steinhardt, Leonard Susskind, Michael Turner*, Neil Turok, Gabriele Veneziano, Alex Vilenkin (*tentative)

This Summer School is supported by the European Community and funding is available to support some young researchers. It is intended for nationals of EC Member States and of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Israel, who must all be under 35 years of age.

Limited funds exist for other participants. Self-supporting participants of any age and nationality are welcome to apply.

Funding from the US NSF has also been applied for and we may be able to use that to fund US applicants

Location and Costs: The School and Workshop will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided at Wolfson Court, adjacent to the Institute. The conference package for the school (16-20 August) costs £300, which includes registration fees, accommodation, breakfast and evening meals plus lunch and refreshments during the days that the School takes place. The package for the Workshop (22-27 August) will also cost £300 and includes registration fees, accomodation, breakfast and evening meals plus lunch and refreshments during the days that the Workshop takes place. The fee for attendance at both (ie 16-27 August) is £650.

**Closing Date for the receipt of applications is 30 April 1999**

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