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July's Bethe Colloquium will take place on Thursday, July 6th (4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Zoltan Fodor (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)
 The Origin of Mass of the Visible Universe
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: More than 99% of the mass of the visible universe is made up of protons and neutrons. Both particles are much heavier than their quark and gluon constituents. The existence and stability of atoms rely on the fact that the mass difference between the neutron and the proton is about 0.14%. A slightly smaller or larger value would have led to a dramatically different universe. I show how theoretical breakthroughs and highperformance computing resources have transitioned to a point where these masses, their differences and similar physics observables can be calculated accurately on spacetime lattices directly from Quantum Chromodynamics, the strongly interacting theory of quarks and gluons.
Lecture Series on "Conformal Field Theories, Trace
Anomalies and Their Applications"
For more information see the webpage.
Bethe Colloquium by Fernando Quevedo
A second Bethe Colloquium in June took place on Thursday, June 22nd (4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Fernando Quevedo (ICTP, Trieste / DAMTP, Cambridge)
 On String Theory, Particle Physics and Cosmology
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: An overview is presented on the efforts and challenges for string theory to make contact with particle physics and cosmology.
Bethe Forum "SUSY breakdown confronting LHC and other data"
The Bethe Forum was organized by Xerxes Tata (Hawaii), Manuel Drees (Bonn), Hans Peter Nilles (Bonn), and Stefan Pokorski (Warsaw).
More information as well as the talks are available on the webpage.
Bethe Colloquium by Joseph D. Lykken
June's Bethe Colloquium took place on Thursday, June 1st
(4:15 pm) in Seminar room 1, Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics:
 Joseph D. Lykken (Fermilab)
 Supersymmetry and the Real World

Note the unusual room:
Seminar room 1, Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics
Wegelerstr. 10, 2nd floor
Abstract: Supersymmetry has proven to be one of the most powerful ideas in gaining a better theoretical understanding of how quantum physics meshes with gravity and other fundamental forces. However it remains to be seen if supersymmetry is actually realized in the real world. This is a challenge for experiments, as well as for theorists exploring different mechanisms for how a universe born supersymmetric can evolve to the complexity that we see around us.
Bethe Colloquium by Richard Neher
May's Bethe Colloquium took place on Thursday, May 4th
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Richard Neher (Biozentrum, University of Basel)
 Rapid adaptation and the predictability of next year's flu
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: Evolution is simple if adaptive mutations, that is evolutionary innovations, appear and spread one at a time. However, in large microbial populations many mutations arise simultaneously resulting in a complex dynamics of competing variants. I will discuss recent insights into universal properties of such rapidly adapting populations which has surprising parallels to the physics of front propagation and disordered systems. Not only do these models describe observations, but they also allow to predict which variants in the population are likely to be successful. When applied to seasonal influenza virus, such predictions can anticipate virus variants of future seasons and help to optimize the influenza vaccine.
Bethe Forum "Discrete Symmetries"
More information and the talks are available on the webpage.
XXIX Workshop  Beyond the Standard Model
The topics and speakers of the pedagogical lectures were:
 G. Arutyunov (Hamburg): Quantum Integrable Models in the AdS/CFT correspondence
 D. Berman (London): An introduction to double and exceptional field theory
 A. Nielsen (Hannover): Gravitational Waves and Black Holes
 J. Wells (Ann Arbor): Particle Physics  Quo Vadis?
Bethe Forum Lecture Series on "Neutrinos"
Topics included were
 Masses, mixing and oscillations
 Flavor transformations in matter
 Phenomenology of neutrinos from various sources
 Mass hierarchy and CPviolation
 Beyond the 3neutrino paradigm
 Neutrino masses: towards the underlying physics
Bethe Colloquium by James Wells
The first Bethe Colloquium in 2017 took place on Thursday, January 19th
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 James Wells (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor / DESY, Hamburg)
 The theoretical physics ecosystem behind the Higgs boson discovery
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: A simplified history of the Higgs boson has Peter Higgs positing it in the mid1960s followed by a long wait while experimentalists progressively turned up collider energies until it appeared several decades later. However, in order for both the hypothesis and the experimental discovery to occur, a vast and complex theory ecosystem, across multiple subfields, had to thrive in the years before Higgs's hypothesis and in the years that followed, builing up to its discovery. In the process I describe how important the discovery of the Higgs boson has been to particle physics and what it means for the future. I also provide a response to Anderson's recent statement in Nature: "Maybe the Higgs boson (of particle physics) is fictitious!"
Bethe Forum "Beyond the standard Higgssystem"
More information is available here.
Bethe Colloquium by Joachim Schultze
November's 2nd Bethe Colloquium took place on November 21th
(2:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Joachim Schultze (LIMES Institut, Bonn)
 Genomic Research goes Computational
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: The life and medical sciences have seen a revolution in the last decade. Initiated in the 1990s with the Human Genome Project, genomic research has significantly accelerated since 2007 when next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies were introduced. NGS is seen as the single most important driver of innovation in the life sciences in the next 10 to 25 years. The number of human genomes sequenced by 2015 already reached 300,000 and in the same year USpresident Barack Obama announced a USbased project sequencing 1 million American citizens. A few weeks ago, the pharma company Astra Zeneca announced to sequence even 2 million human beings. At the same time the Beijing Genome Center is on its way sequencing all species existing in China. All these advances have triggered three main developments: first, biology becomes more and more computational. Mathematics and informatics play an everincreasing role in genomic research and therefore in the life sciences. This biological data avalanche without computation and meaningful algorithms  even including deep learning algorithms  would be meaningless. Second, biology becomes quantitative. Indeed, genomic technologies allow the generation of truly quantitative data. And third, datadriven hypothesis generation and machine learningbased decision making slowly but steadily replaces classical approaches based on thoughts, postulates and speculation. I will give an overview of these developments and will also bring them into the perspective of our own goals applying genomics to questions in neurodegeneration and immunology.
Bethe Colloquium by Markus Gabriel
November's Bethe Colloquium took place on November 14th
(2:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Markus Gabriel (Institut für Philosophie, Bonn)
 What is Metaphysics and Why Does it Matter?
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: As a first approximation metaphysics is a discipline which deals with absolutely everything which exists. There are many names for this extraordinary totality: the world as a whole, reality, cosmos, nature, the universe. Yet, how could we possibly ever know enough in order to figure out what the fundamental structure of such an extraordinary object or domain of objects is? In my presentation, I will introduce some contemporary philosophical arguments in central fields of theoretical philosophy such as metaphysics, metametaphysics and epistemology. In particular, my aim is to raise questions concerning the limits of both science and metaphysics. In this context, I will also deal with the recently muchdiscussed question whether the universe is or could be a simulation and how anyone could ever come to believe that it might be.
Bethe Colloquium by Peter Scholze
October's Bethe Colloquium took place on October 27th
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Peter Scholze (Mathematical Institute Bonn)
 Hyperbolic 3manifolds and Galois representations
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: A large part of modern number theory deals with the relation between algebraic objects and analytic objects, as in the famous ShimuraTaniyamaWeil conjecture relating elliptic curves with modular forms, whose proof by Wiles, completed by Taylor, et. al., lead to the solution of Fermat's Last Theorem. I will try to explain the general Langlands conjectures underlying this picture, and describe some recent results, in particular in the situation mentioned in the title.
8th Bethe Center Workshop "Particle Physics meets Cosmology"
More information and the application form are available here.
Meeting of the Research Unit "New Physics at the LHC"
Further information about the Research Unit and the program of the meeting can be found here:
http://web.physik.rwthaachen.de/service/wiki/bin/view/Kraemer/NewPhysicsattheLHC
Bethe Colloquium by Xenia de la Ossa (Oxford) and Eric Zaslow (Evanston)
July's Bethe Colloquium took place on July 17th
(2:30 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Xenia de la Ossa (Oxford) and Eric Zaslow (Evanston)
 25 Years of Mirror Symmetry, 20 Years of Homological Mirror Symmetry
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
 Part 1 by Xenia de la Ossa at 2:30pm, part 2 by Eric Zaslow at 4:15pm
 Coffee break at 3:45pm
Part 1: Reflections on Mirror Symmetry (Xenia de la Ossa, Oxford)
I will give a review of the history of mirror symmetry. This has had many ramifications, but its prime utility in physics is that it permits the evaluation of path integrals without
recourse to perturbation theory. I will make reference also to a possible impact on arithmetic, and return to the origins of the subject with a consideration of the moduli space of
the vacuum state of the heterotic string.
Part 2: HMS, Hopefully Made Simple (Eric Zaslow, Evanston)
I will try to explain a few ideas which make Homological Mirror Symmetry tractable and intuitive in a few simple examples.
Bethe Forum on "Mirror Symmetry"
Further information can be found here.
Bonner Schülerakademie 2016
Students from upper secondary schools and future university students took part in this event. The 19 participants enjoyed a varied program of scientific talks, guided laboratory tours, visits and experiments.
Further information can be found here.
Bethe Forum on "Dark matter beyond Supersymmetry"
Further information, the registration form and updates on the program can be found here.
Bethe Colloquium by Gabrijela Zaharijas
June's 2nd Bethe Colloquium took place on June 16nd
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Gabrijela Zaharijas (Nova Gorica)
 Dark Matter search with the Fermi Large Area Telescope
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: High energy gammarays are one of the most promising tools to constrain or reveal the nature of dark matter. During the almost eight years of the Fermi satellite mission, the data from its Large Area Telescope (LAT) were used to set constraints on the dark matter cross section to various particle channels which now cut well into the theoretically motivated region of the parameter space. In this talk I will describe methods used to search for evidence of dark matter with the LAT, and review the status of the searches. Special attention will be given to the latest indications of the origin of the unaccounted gammaray excess at few GeV in the FermiLAT data in the region around the Galactic Center, which steered lots of attention as it was shown to be consistent with putative signals of WIMP dark matter particles. Finally I will discuss projections of the expected sensitivities with continued LAT data taking.
Bethe Forum on "Model Building in the 13 TeV Era"
Further information, the registration form and updates on the program can be found here.
Bethe Colloquium by Gilad Perez
June's Bethe Colloquium took place on June 2nd
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Gilad Perez (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot)
 Probing the atomic Higgs force
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: After the discovery of the Higgs particle at the LHC, the Higgs mechanism is expected to account for the masses of the fundamental particles. We argue that, while this is true for the electroweak gauge bosons, we are still in the dark regarding the origin of the charged fermions masses, in particular those of electron, up and down quark. It motivates us to propose a noncollider approach to probe Higgs boson couplings to these matter constituents via precision measurement of isotope shifts in atomic clock transitions. We present an experimental method which competes with and potentially surpasses the LHC in bounding the Higgstolightfermion couplings. Better knowledge of the latter is an important test of the Standard Model and could lead to an alternative understanding of the flavor puzzle (the fact that the fermion masses span five orders of magnitude in scale). We will then discuss how to translate the above (potential) fantastic sensitivity to constrain the presence of heavy new particles that are well beyond the reach of near future accelerators.
Meeting of the Research Unit "New Physics at the LHC"
Further information about the Research Unit and the program of the meeting can be found here:
http://web.physik.rwthaachen.de/service/wiki/bin/view/Kraemer/NewPhysicsattheLHC
Bethe Colloquium by Dr. HansThomas Janka
April's Bethe Colloquium took place on April 21st
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 HansThomas Janka (MPI for Astrophysics, Garching)
 Supernova Simulations in Three Dimensions: Models Confronting Observations
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: Recently the first selfconsistent threedimensional computer simulations of supernova explosions of massive stars have become possible and reveal new, stunning phenomena like a dipolar emission asymmetry of electron neutrinos and antineutrinos. They lend support to the viability of the neutrinodriven explosion mechanism in principle, although stars above ten solar masses are hard to explode and might suggest still missing physics. The violent hydrodynamical instabilities that facilitate the onset of the explosion lead to kicks and spins of the newly formed neutron stars and to supernova asymmetries whose observations can help to decipher the physics of the central engine.
Bethe Forum Lecture Series on "Higgs Physics" by Georg Weiglein
You will find further information here.
Bethe Forum on "Axions and the Low Energy Frontier"
Bethe Forum Lecture Series on Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories
Topics included
 GUT model building in spacetime dimensions
 Examples of complete 4D SUSY GUTs
 Orbifold GUTs
 Embedding orbifold GUTs into the heterotic string
 Testing SUSY GUTs at the LHC
Further information and the registration can be found here.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Marc Vanderhaeghen
January's Bethe Colloquium took place on January 28th
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Marc Vanderhaeghen (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
 Precision hadron physics
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: To answer physics questions at both the highest and lowest energy scales, hadron physics plays a central and connecting role. In many questions at the forefront of
particle physics, atomic physics, and nuclear astrophysics, the progress is limited by a missing quantitative knowledge of the strong interaction in the nonperturbative domain of
Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD). On the other hand, precision measurement e.g. in atomic and particle physics lead to new insights on the structure of hadrons, as well as to the
question how hadrons emerge out of their constituent quarks and gluons.
In this talk, I will survey several examples of this fruitful interplay. In the field of particle physics, the most precise measurement worldwide of the weak mixing angle in
electronproton scattering will open a window on searches for new physics. Furthermore, I will illustrate how measurements and theoretical calculations will lead to an improved
knowledge of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. In the interplay with atomic physics, new measurement campaigns of nucleon form factors and polarizabilities, combined with
more refined theoretical analyses, will allow to importantly improve on the limiting factors in the interpretation of high precision tests of the Lamb shift in muonic atoms and to
shed light on the proton radius puzzle. In the interplay with nuclear astrophysics, measurements in nuclear systems will allow to study the nuclear equation of state, and address
important questions in astrophysics, such as the detailed structure of neutron stars.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Andreas Weiler
December's Bethe Colloquium took place on December 3rd
(4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Andreas Weiler (Technische Universität München)
 Naturalness' last stand
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: With the discovery of the Higgs boson, the Standard Model of particle physics celebrated a great triumph. It also brought the naturalness puzzle sharper into focus: What keeps the Higgs mass so light? Will supersymmetry soon be found or should we consider a cosmological solution? Run 2 of the LHC is about to tackle this and a multitude of urgent questions. We will review what I consider as the most interesting lessons learned and open issues, and outline the main directions for future progress.
Meeting of the Research Unit "New Physics at the LHC"
Further information about the Research Unit and the program of the meeting can be found here:
http://web.physik.rwthaachen.de/service/wiki/bin/view/Kraemer/NewPhysicsattheLHC
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Christof Wetterich
November's Bethe Colloquium took place on November 19th (4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Christof Wetterich (Universität Heidelberg)
 Big Bang or freeze?
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: If the sizes of atoms are allowed to vary, the geometry of our Universe can be described by different pictures, with distances between galaxies shrinking, expanding or static. Motivated by quantum gravity we discuss a unified picture where both inflation and a present dynamical dark energy arise from the same scalar field. The history of the Universe undergoes a crossover from a „past fixed point“ where all particles are massless, to a „future fixed point“ where spontaneous breaking of the exact scale invariance generates the particle masses. The cosmological solution can be extrapolated to the infinite past in physical time  the Universe has no beginning and no physical singularity. This is seen most easily in a frame where particle masses and the Planck mass are fielddependent and increase with time. In this „freeze frame“ the Universe shrinks and heats up during radiation and matter domination. In the equivalent, but singular Einstein frame cosmic history finds the familiar big bang description. The bigbangsingularity turns out to be an artifact of an unsuitable choice of „fieldcoordinates“. We discuss a simple model which is compatible with all present cosmological observations. It could be tested by the observation of huge lumps in the cosmic neutrino background, the detection of early dark energy , or rather large primordial graviton fluctuations generated during inflation.
Meeting of the Research Unit "New Physics at the LHC"
A meeting of the Research Unit took place on Wednesday, 28th October, in the bctp. A further meeting in the bctp is scheduled for Wednesday, 25th November.
Details about the work of the Research Unit and the program of the meeting can be found here.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Jan Louis
October's Bethe Colloquium took place on October 22nd (4:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Jan Louis (Universität Hamburg)
 String Theory  Status and Perspectives
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: After a brief introduction to string theory we discuss its relevance for particle physics, cosmology and mathematics.
Inaugural meeting of jDPG Bonn
Read more about the jDPG meeting here.
Annual meeting of the SFB/TR 16 "Subnuclear Structure of Matter"
More information about the SFB/TR 16 can be found here.
7th Bethe Center Workshop 2015
Challenges in Strong Interaction Physics
We were happy to organize this year’s Bethe Center Workshop from September 29th to October 2nd, 2015, in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany. The topic was Challenges in Strong Interaction Physics with foci on nuclear and hadron physics. The four workshop days will had the following themes:
 Nonperturbative HadronHadron Interactions: fewparticle systems
 Strongly interacting manybody systems
 Hadronic transitions form factors and (g2)
 Hunting for physics beyond the SM
Local Organising Committee
Christoph Hanhart, UlfG. Meißner, Bastian Kubis, Evgeny Epelbaum, HansWerner Hammer, Carsten Urbach
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Peter Koepke
July's Bethe Colloquium took place on July 2nd (3:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Peter Koepke (Mathematical Institute, University of Bonn)
 Turing Machines: Exploring the Limits of Computability
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: To demonstrate the computability of a function it suffices to exhibit a concrete computational procedure like some algorithm for decimal arithmetic or a computer
program. Proofs of incomputability, however, require a general notion of computability and an argument that each of those computable functions disagrees with the given function.
In 1936, Alan Turing proposed a mathematical model of computation by abstract machines, and he used it to give a negative answer to the Entscheidungsproblem of David Hilbert: there is
no general procedure which decides the truth or falsity of every mathematical statement within some finite time. Turing machines soon became universally recognized as the correct
model of intuitive computability: they are mathematically simple, correspond to idealized digital computers, and they are equivalent to notions of computability based on other
paradigms.
In my talk I shall survey the origins of computability theory and illuminate some aspects of Turing's biography and his general views on computability and (artificial) intelligence. I
shall also mention research intended to overcome the limitations of Turing computability by allowing infinitary computations. There are investigations and speculations whether such
computations can be physically "realized" by letting a classical Turing machine work in an orbit around a black hole.
Bethe Forum on String Cosmology
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Henry S.H. Tye
June's Bethe Colloquium took place on June 18th (3:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Henry S.H. Tye (Cornell University)
 Sphaleron and Baryon Number Violating Processes
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: It is known that baryon number violating processes are allowed in elecrotroweak theory, but they are believed to be exponentially suppressed. I like to argue otherwise. The reasoning is based on the periodicity property of the sphaleron potential in the electroweak theory, where we write down the onedimensional timeindependent Schr\"{o}dinger equation with the ChernSimons number as the coordinate. The baryonlepton number violating processes may even take place at LHC soon.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Urs Achim Wiedemann
May's Bethe Colloquium took place on May 7th (3:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Urs Achim Wiedemann (CERNPH/TH)
 Heavyion collisions at the LHC
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: The “standard model” of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions is based on the picture that viscous relativistic fluid dynamics can account for the time evolution of dense QCD matter produced in the nuclear overlap area, and that this transient QCD fluid attenuates the production of high momentumtransfer processes. My talk will review the experimental evidence supporting this picture, as well as the questions for a theory of heavy ion collisions arising from it. One recurrent theme will be that the little bangs produced in heavy ion collisions and the Big Bang are the smallest and largest physical systems respectively, for which fluctuation analysis can inform us about material properties. I shall discuss recent efforts that raise this observation beyond the level of a mere analogy by exploiting techniques of modern cosmology in heavy ion physics and vice versa.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Andreas Ringwald
April's Bethe Colloquium took place on April 16th (3:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Andreas Ringwald (DESY)
 The Hunt for Axions and other WISPs
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: Many theoretically wellmotivated extensions of the standard model of particle physics predict the existence of very weakly interacting slim (in the sense of ultralight) particles (WISPs), such as the axion. WISPs may constitute the mysterious dark matter in the universe and solve some puzzles in stellar and highenergy astrophysics. There are new, relatively small experiments around the globe, which started to hunt for these elusive particles and complement the search for physics beyond the standard model at the Large Hadron Collider.
Bethe Forum on Methods in lattice field theory
Topics included:
 Finite volume methods on the lattice
 Scattering observables
 Exotic bound states and resonances
 All mode averaging and distillation
 Analysis methods for time series of large correlator matrices
 Algorithms for nuclear correlation functions
 Nuclear lattice simulations
XVII Workshop  Beyond the Standard Model
The topics and speakers of the pedagogical lectures were:
 Daniel Baumann (Cambridge University): Recent Developments in (String) Cosmology
 Stefano Cremonesi (King's College London): New exact Results in Supersymmetric Field Theories
 Henning Samtleben (ENS Lyon): Introduction to Exceptional Field Theory
 Eran Palti (Heidelberg University): Prospects in String Phenomenology
Bethe Forum Lecture Series on Axions
Topics included
 Basics of the Strong CP Problem and Axion Solution
 Axion Models and Low Energy Couplings
 AxionlikeParticles and Other Light States
 Axions in Cosmology
 Axions in String Theory
The homepage of the program can be found here.
Bethe Forum on Constructive Methods in Number Theory
Recently there have been several attempts to attack this difficult problem with some success. However we are still far from understanding what Grothendieck called the tower of Teichmüller groupoids. The goal of the workshop is to bring together experts from different fields of mathematics to share their insights and enlighten the connections between the algebraic, geometric and number theoretic aspects of the problem.
The homepage of the program can be found here.
Bethe Colloquium by Prof. Arthur Hebecker
Janurary's Bethe Colloquium will take place on January 15th (3:15 pm) in Hörsaal I:
 Arthur Hebecker (Heidelberg University)
 String Theory Landscape and Cosmological Inflation
 Hörsaal I, Physikalisches Institut
Abstract: The talk will start by motivating string theory as a theory of quantum gravity. Then the resulting 10dimensional effective field theory and its compactification to 4 spacetime dimensions will be discussed. It turns out that this leads to a very large number of possibilities  the "string theory landscape". This landscape is populated through eternal inflation, creating the socalled multiverse. To describe our observed cosmology, eternal inflation has to be supplemented by slowroll inflation which leaves its imprint on the cosmological microwave background, measured e.g. by the Planck satellite. Recent progress in the stringtheoretical understanding of this inflationary period of our universe will be briefly discussed at the end.