Carbon nanotubes exhibit interesting characteristics rendering them particularly suited to the construction of hybrid devices made of biological issue and synthetic material. These special devices are planned to re-establish connections between nerve cells, for instance at spinal level, lost on account of lesions or trauma.
SISSA director Stefano Ruffo is one of the winners of the SigmaPhi Prize 2017, together with Ralf Metzler and David Mukamel. The SigmaPhi Prize was instituted by the SigmaPhi Conference to honor exceptional achievements in Statistical Physics. Stefano Ruffo is awarded "for his outstanding contributions to the statistical and dynamical behaviour of systems of nonlinear coupled oscillators and with long-range interactions".
Gromov-Witten invariants, which ''count'' curves (with appropriate extra conditions) on smooth projective varieties, were introduced more than two decades ago; motivated by high energy physics, they ended up revolutionizing enumerative algebraic geometry and provided a bridge to other branches of mathematics. The Summer School in Enumerative Geometry will bring doctoral students, post-docs, and anyone interested from a review of the basic construction to current, state-of-the art research in this field.
“Technology innovation offer” is the title of the round table scheduled for Friday 23 June as one of the several appointments of Venice’s “Biennale innovazione 2017”. During the event, the rectors of Triveneto’s universities will present the SMACT Competence Center. Supported by these academies, the Center will be a new “ecosystem” able to create connections between companies and leading innovation actors.
The conference will be centered on the hottest research topics in formal theoretical physics, mathematical physics and in geometry focusing on exact aspects in quantum field theories, integrable systems and the refined underlying geometric and algebraic constructions. As a topic "geometric correspondence" includes the phenomenon of duality in physics and the counting of topological invariants in mathematics.
Optical phenomena visible to everyone have been central to the development of, and abundantly illustrate, important concepts in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, mirages, green flashes, glories, daylight, and the crystals. The concepts include refraction, caustics, wave interference, dispersion, complex angular momentum, polarization singularities, geometric phases, and visual illusions.
In recent years, social networks have become a primary source of information for citizens and, sometimes, for journalists. In particular, in emergency situations - like earthquakes, floods or terroristic attacks – they have proved themselves to be a fundamental tool for real time updating. A reliability problem exists, though. Are they really such a good source? Are we able to understand how to use them in emergency communication?
On Tuesday 20 June, Paolo Bussotti from University of Udine DIUM will give a seminar entitiled "Newton’s physics: the results of a genius lived in the 17th century" dedicated to Isaac Newton and his research. In 1687 Newton published his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. This text can be considered the most important contribution to the birth of modern physics. In the three books, Newton explained rational mechanics, hydrodynamics and presented his system of the world.
SISSA will be hosting the 18th event of a series of Schools and Workshops that have been organized by the Mathematical Physics and Geometry group of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste in conjunction with leading institutions around the world. The event will take place between 19 and 23 June in the original SISSA Building (via Beirut).
Physics will be opening on Friday 16 June Bloomsday 2017, the event that, since several years, Trieste dedicates to James Joyce and his unforgettable character Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of his famous novel Ulysses. Giuseppe Mussardo, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at SISSA, will start the programme with a conference entitled “The colour and the taste of quarks”.