June 12-14, 2022
Organizers: Zvi Bern, Eric D'Hoker, Enrico Herrmann, and Per Kraus.

ManiThis conference celebrates the 5th year of the Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics, as well as Dr. Mani L. Bhaumik's 90th birthday. (This conference is more than a year late due to the pandemic.) The workshop will include topics on basic issues in quantum field theory, string theory, black holes and gravitational waves and other topics. Speakers include Nima Arkani-Hamed, Barry Barish, Steven Chu, David Gross, Juan Maldacena, Eva Silverstein, Caludio Pelegrini, Lenny Susskind, and three young UCLA professors to represent current and future work at the Bhaumik Institute.

In 2016 Dr. Mani L. Bhaumik pledged the largest gift ever to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to create a world-class Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA. The Institute provides an outstanding research environment for our students and postdocs, and helps UCLA hire top-ranked new faculty. Prior to his distinguished career as a laser physicist, Dr. Bhaumik's love of theoretical physics began as a student in India where he learned about Kaluza-Klein theories from S. N. Bose (of Bose-Einstein fame), initiating his passion for deep questions in theoretical physics, especially as related to quantum field theory.

This conference will end with overview talks that kick off a specialized workshop on the theoretical interpretation of recent exciting results from the ongoing Fermilab Muon g-2 Collaboration, hinting at new physics beyond the Standard Model. The talks will be colloquium-style and suitable for a broad audience.

The talks will be broadcast via a zoom webinar https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nAHuGr2dSA6-PdeRshvNKA

Please contact Zvi Bern (bern@physics.ucla.edu) for further information.

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Talks on Sunday and Monday, June 12,13 will take place at:

Luskin Conference Center Centennial Ballroom
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(+1) 855-522-8252

Talks on Tuesday will be at:

First Floor
Physics and Astronomy Building
475 Portola Plaza 
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Each talk is 45+5 minutes.

Sunday June 12
(Location: Luskin Conference Center Centennial Ballroom)
9:00-9:55 morning coffee and registration
9:55-10:00 Zvi Bern (UCLA) welcome
10:00-10:50 David Gross (KITP) "My bucket list"
10:50-11:20 coffee 
11:20-12:10 Juan Maldacena (IAS) "The entropy of Hawking radiation"
12:10-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:50 Eva Silverstein (Stanford) "The Quantum Origin of Structure and Spacetime Microstates"
14:50-15:20 Coffee
15:20-16:10 Thomas Dumitrescu (UCLA), "Symmetries and Strong Coupling in Quantum Field Theory"
16:10-17:00 Claudio Pellegrini (UCLA) "Recent Progress in X-ray Lasers"
17:00-18:00 Reception

18:00-20:30 conference dinner at Luskin Center

Monday June 13
(Location: Luskin Conference Center Centennial Ballroom)
9:00-9:50 Steven Chu (Stanford) "Molecular Motors and Non-Thermal Equilibrium Statistical Physics" 
9:50-10:40 Barry Barish (Caltech) "Gravitational Waves and Multi-Messenger Astronomy"
10:40-11:10 coffee
11:10-12:00 Smadar Naoz (UCLA) "Gravitational Wave Sources at the Heart of Galaxies"
12:00-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-14:50 Mikhail Solon (UCLA), "From Elementary Particle Scattering to Binary Black Holes"
14:50-15:20 Coffee
15:20-16:10 Lance Dixon (SLAC), "The DNA of Particle Scattering"
16:10-17:00 Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS), "(Dual) Surfacehedra for All-Loop Scattering, or how the Positive Geometry of Particles Discovers Strings"
17:00-18:00 Reception

Tuesday morning June 14 Overlaps with SchwingerFest: Muon g-2, Location
Physics and Astronomy Building 1st floor
9:00-9:50 Graziano Venanzoni (INFN-Pisa) "Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab" 
9:50-10:40 Martin Hoferichter (Bern) "Muon g-2 Theory Overview I"
10:40-11:25 coffee and completion of Mani-Fest

Further information on SchwingerFest: Muon g-2