Leading Global Physicists Gather at UC Davis
Nearly 100 of the world’s top students in theoretical physics traveled to UC Davis in June for the week-long Amplitudes Summer School, devoted to the study of scattering amplitudes and related topics in physics. Aimed at graduate students, the school offers introductory lectures from top experts, and a chance for students to present quick-fire summaries of their own research.
Scattering amplitudes are mathematical objects represented by diagrams and formulas that describe interactions among elementary particles such as protons, electrons and neutrinos. The study of scattering amplitudes has applications ranging from predicting the outcomes at particle colliders to melding quantum theory with the standard model of physics.
The summer school was hosted by the UC Davis Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP). At QMAP, researchers, postdocs, visitors and students work in concert to tackle questions such as the origin of space and time, quantum gravity and string theory. The school preceded the 10th annual Amplitudes international conference, held at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.
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