The Bootstrap School will run from May 22nd to May 29th. We plan to have around 100 students attending physically. We will also broadcast the lectures live and support remote satellite meetings worldwide where small groups of students get together to watch the lectures live and solve the problems together.

The first Simons Non-perturbative Bootstrap school will center on four six-hour lecture series. The first will present a broad overview of the space of conformal field theories, including a discussion of the role of CFTs in condensed matter and high energy physics. Topics covered may include large N methods, the epsilon expansion, conformal windows for gauge theories in three and four dimensions, and conformal manifolds. The second will introduce the conformal bootstrap and its modern numerical implementation, with applications from rigorous bounds on the space of theories to precision spectroscopy of concrete models. The third will review the AdS/CFT correspondence and describe developments concerning two dimensional conformal field theories and their three dimensional quantum gravity duals and the fourth will discuss S-matrix bootstrap techniques. During the school, mornings will consist of lectures from the four series. In the afternoon, students will solve exercises ranging from pen and paper problems to mathematica challenges to more advanced computational tasks.

Lecturers and Topics:

  • Zohar Komargodski (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Silviu Pufu (Princeton U., USA): Overview/Space of CFTs
  • Chris Beem (U. Oxford, UK), Miguel Paulos (CERN, Switzerland):  Bootstrap and Numerics
  • Tom Hartman (Cornell U., USA), Jared Kaplan (Johns Hopkins U., USA): AdS3/CFT2
  • Balt Van Rees (Durham U., UK): S-matrix Bootstrap

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Preliminary plan for the Bootstrap School layout:

Morning Lectures Afternoon
Monday 22nd Theory Paper day.
Students will solve theory problems using pen and paper.
Tuesday 23rd Theory and Mathematica Mathematica day.
Students will solve theory and numerical problems in Mathematica.
Wednesday 24th Theory Paper and Mathematica day.
Students will solve theory and numerical problems in paper and with Mathematica.
Thursday 25th Theory and Software Software installation.
Software needs to be installed to be able to generate some beautiful plots. This takes time. In this afternoon, experienced users will be helping those having trouble installing this software.
Friday 26th Theory Heavy Machinery day.
Students will produce beautiful plots being able to generate their own kinks.
Saturday 27th Theory Mixed day.
Students will have an assorted set of more advanced problems to play with, from very analytical to advanced computational challenges or intermediate Mathematica exercises.
Monday 29th Theory Mixed day.
Students will have an assorted set of more advanced problems to play with, from very analytical to advanced computational challenges or intermediate Mathematica exercises.