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Physical resurgence: On quantum, gauge, and stringy


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8th February 2021 to 12th February 2021
Ricardo Schiappa
Gerald Dunne

Workshop theme:

The discovery of the theory of resurgence was partially motivated by the study of (asymptotic) perturbative series in quantum mechanics; back then with particular emphasis on the exact WKB method. As years passed, resurgence then led to many new other insights across physics and mathematics. Closer to the physical realm, applications cover diverse fields such as quantum field theory, gauge theory, lattice models, random matrices, string theory, holography, condensed matter, quantum geometry, wall-crossing, BPS states, among many others. All these developments further lie within the more general umbrella of quantization and, recently, it has been uncovered that indeed many results within gauge theory, wall-crossing and BPS states, have clean counterparts back to the original developments of resurgence within the exact WKB method. The main goal of this workshop is to try to “close this circle” and develop a more unified view of resurgence across all these seemingly separate fields, from WKB across quantum and string theories and back — a view which we expect to be clearly linked to the problem of quantization.

This workshop will focus around both classic and modern applications of resurgent analysis within quantum mechanics, gauge field theory, and string theory.

Deadline for applications: 15th November 2020

Programme participants DO NOT need to apply, programme participants with visit dates during ARAW02 will automatically be added to the attendee list.

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: Cost TBC
  • Student Registration Package: Cost TBC

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation.  Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch timings and location will be confirmed with timetable.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner location and date is to be confirmed. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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