Consequences of Conformality

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  • Balt van Rees, Ph.D.Professor, École Polytechnique
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In the phase diagrams of many substances (such as water, helium and magnets), there are ‘critical’ points with remarkable physical properties. Mathematically these points exhibit a high degree of symmetry known as ‘conformal invariance.’ In this lecture, Balt van Rees will discuss how conformal invariance can emerge, why they can be used to make precise and quantitative predictions, and what remains to be done to understand their consequences fully.

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About the Speaker

Van Rees is a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique in France. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Amsterdam University. Subsequently, he was a C.N. Yang Fellow at Stony Brook University, a fellow at CERN and a staff member at Durham University. His research focuses on developing and using non-perturbative methods for quantum field theory and the S-matrix bootstrap.

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