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Welcome to FTPI

The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) was established in 1987 as part of the School of Physics and Astronomy, with the goal of conducting research in theoretical physics at a world-class level.

The most important function of FTPI is to produce significant, exciting and sound theoretical physics that will have an impact on physics as a whole. To this end the Institute provides a meeting place for theorists from around the globe to exchange and develop ideas.

FTPI sponsors several workshops annually and runs ongoing programs, such as the visiting short- and long-term scholar program. Through these and other outreach programs, the Institute serves to advance theoretical physics and to further develop its links to other science and engineering research disciplines, industrial research initiatives, and other academic sectors.

We hope you'll explore our website and find out more about us.


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Professor Arkady Vainshtein was awarded the 2014 Julius Wess Award by The KIT Center Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA)


2015 Misel Family Public Lecture - FREE and open to the public!

Joseph Polchinski, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, September 10, 2015, McNamara Alumni Center, 7:00pm.
Click HERE for more information.

Upcoming Workshops

Cosmology with the CMB and its Polarization - January 14-16, 2015

Symmetries and Interactions in Topological Matter - May 1-3, 2015


Weekly Seminars

Click HERE for schedules and 435 calendar.

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