During 2015-16 FTPI was pursuing an active visitor program related to high energy physics. The high energy group hosted 28 short-term visitors and 5 long-term visitors (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 2016-17 academic year. We are also planning to maintain our active and successful visitor program.
The eleventh biannual workshop, “Continuous Advances in QCD” (CAQCD_2016) was held on May 12th to 15th, 2016. The workshop traditionally attracts the experts in the theory of Quantum Chromodynamics and in the theory of dynamics in general gauge theories with and without supersymmetry, and also in the theoretical description of specific processes and of specific particles. The workshop has given to its more than 50 participants ample opportunities to exchange the current results and new ideas. These workshops became a highly respected event in the high-energy theoretical community, and summarize the latest developments in the field. A group of participants proudly formed a "club" of those who have not missed a single FTPI conference on high energy physics.
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.