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DRSTP NEWSLETTER - Thursday 4 February 2021

The DRSTP Newsletter is published a few times a year.
An overview of DRSTP events is available at:
DRSTP Events calender.

 Dear DRSTP members,

You may not have heard from the DRSTP for a while, as the last event we were able to organize before the pandemic hit was almost one year ago. That was the DRSTP THEP PhD school. Subsequently we had to cancel the 2020 SPTCM PhD school and the PhD day. Now it's 2021 and we have had to postpone both spring schools and the Trends in Theory symposium. With this newsletter we want to inform you of our (provisional) plans for the coming period.

First of all some organizational news: As of January 1st 2021, Rembert Duine has been appointed as Scientific Director of the DRSTP. We thank our former director Henk Stoof for his work for the DRSTP over the past 6 years.

Below please find an overview of the events the DRSTP is planning to organize this year, including (modified) editions of the PhD schools, the Trends in Theory symposium, and the DRSTP PhD day. if you have any questions about the events, please contact the DRSTP bureau.

This Newsletter contains:

1. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics ATTP II (spring 2021)
Registration is open!

2. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2021 - 14 May postponed - New Date and details to follow. Virtual

3. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) - SPTCM
(12 June - 18 June 2021)

4. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) - THEP
(Summer - details to follow)

5. PhD Day - Autumn 2021

1. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics ATTPII (spring 2021)

We are happy to announce the Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, which takes place in the spring 2021 and has as theme "Theoretical physics: from the cosmos to the stock market".

The course consists of three 5-week modules. Each module consists of four lectures and exercise sessions, as well as an exam.
Lectures will take place on Monday's at 11:15-13:00, followed by a study/exercise session 13:45- end. 
At the end of the module there is an exam. All exams will be graded with a pass or fail. You need to pass all three exams to receive credit for the course.
We anticipate that all teaching will take place online, for which the details will be communicated to registered participants.

Module 1: Eric Laenen (UvA)
Soft theorems and gauge theories
Lectures: Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Room G5.29, UvA Science Park 904 Amsterdam 
Exam: Mar 1

In these lectures we examine the structure of scattering amplitudes with soft gauge fields, both abelian and non-abelian. We explain the role of Wilson lines and so-called webs that allow all-order organization. We discuss the Low-Burnett-Kroll theorem and next-to-soft effects, and modern ways to organize these. Applications to cross sections and even to gravity are discussed.

Module 2: Robbert Pullen (UL&Optiver) 
Physics and Finance
Lectures: Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 
No class Apr 5 (Easter)
Exam: Apr 12

This course introduces how physics and physics concepts play a role in the dynamics of financial markets. At its core is the equivalence between the heat-equation and the Black-Scholes equation for option pricing. We build on this to explore the statistical "mechanics" underlying more intricate options such as Greeks. During the course we highlight both the commonality and the difference between physics and finance questions.

Lecture 1: Financial Markets and their dynamics. 
Lecture 2: From the Heat Equation to Black-Scholes and Option Pricing
Lecture 3: Greeks; its physical interpretation, characteristics and dynamics 
Lecture 4: Pricing beyond ES options, binomial trees and Monte Carlo simulation

These lectures will be based on selections from a specially developed course by and for physicists and mathematicians now working at Optiver Trading. 

Module 3: Tanja Hinderer (UU)
Gravitational Waves for fundamental physics
Lectures: Apr 19, May 10, 17, 31
No class Apr 26 (King’s day), May 3 (UvA holiday), May 24 (Pentecost)
Exam: June 7

The goal of this module is to become familiarized with the tools for using gravitational waves to probe fundamental physics in unexplored regimes. We will begin with a basic introduction to gravitational waves from binary systems and the important role of theoretical models for the measurements, assuming knowledge of General Relativity. We will then cover modern modeling methods such as black hole perturbation theory, approximations for the inspiral, and effective one body resummations. We will discuss example applications to gravitational-wave signatures from physical effects that encode information about the nature of black holes, strong-field gravity, QCD at extreme density, and dark matter, and conclude with an outlook to the remaining challenges and future prospects.

Delta ITP Calendar:
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2. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2021 (14 May postponed - New Date and details to follow)
Every two years the DRSTP organizes the symposium Trends in Theory.
This symposium is part of the educational program for our PhD students who are encouraged to present a poster on this occasion. The symposium is an opportunity for all DRSTP members to meet and share their ideas on recent developments in the area of theoretical physics.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the symposium Trends in Theory of 2021 is postponed.
Instead of this symposium there will be offered a (virtual digital) small one-day event
in Spring (New date and details to follow).

The next 2-day symposium will be held in May 2022.

3. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) - SPTCM

Statistical Physics and Theory of Condensed Matter (12 June - 18 June 2021)

Subject to change due to the covid-19 pandemic

Location: Fletcher hotel Callantsoog, Callantsoog

Organizers: Jasper van Wezel (UvA), Laura Filion (UU), Stefano Polla (UL)


Week 1 (12 June - 18 June 2021)

- Chris Hooley (St. Andrews) - Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems

- Bela Mulder (UvA) - Theory of Biomolecular Matter

- Carlo Beenakker (UL) - Random-matrix theory of Majorana fermions and topological


- Frank Smalleburg (Orsay) - When liquids misbehave

4. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) - THEP

Theoretical High Energy Physics (Summer 2021 - details to follow)

Location: t.b.a. This will possibly be organized as a hybrid online event.

Organizers: Daniel Baumann (UvA), Thomas Grimm (UU)

5. PhD Day – Autumn 2021

The DRSTP PhD Day is an annual fall event organized by members of the PhD Student Council and is part of the educational program for PhD students. The PhD Day is aimed at exchanging ideas, inviting former PhD students to discuss career options, presenting scientific talks and discussing recent trends in theoretical physics. The PhD Day is primarily aimed at PhD AND Master's students.

The next PhD Day will be held in Autumn 2021 (details to follow)

Last update: 05-03-2021, 10.45