During 2016-17 FTPI was pursuing an active visitor program related to high energy physics. The high energy group hosted 23 short-term visitors and 1 long-term visitor (staying for two weeks or longer). The visitor program serves two main purposes: to enhance the standing of FTPI in the world physics community and to promote the highest modern level of research in FTPI and the School of Physics and Astronomy. The visitors invited to FTPI over the last year are actively working researchers in all the directions of study currently pursued in FTPI:
1. Theoretical and phenomenological studies of new models of particle theories
2. Interfacing between high energy physics, cosmology, and astrophysics
3. Structure and properties of the vacuum and of nonperturbative configurations in supersymmetric theories
4. Non-Abelian dynamics in supersymmetric theories
5. Applications of QCD to high energy scattering of hadrons and to properties of hadrons
6. Theory and phenomenology of hadrons containing heavy quarks
These topics are among the most widely and actively researched throughout the high energy physics community and advances in this research are of great interest. Therefore, these studies will be continued in FTPI in the 2017-18 academic year. We are also planning to maintain our active and successful visitor program.
Within the School of Physics and Astronomy, the Institute continues to support students in the field of theoretical physics, run a regular seminar in high energy physics and an informal lunch seminar in the same field.