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Mon 22 Jan 2018 – Leading theoretical physicists flock to Dublin this week

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Monday, 22nd January 2018

Leading theoretical physicists flock to Dublin this week

More than 60 leading theoretical physicists from across the globe are gathering in Dublin this week for a special conference hosted by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).

The conference entitled Quantum Physics: Fields, Particles, and Information Geometry takes place from today until Friday, 26th of January at DIAS, 10 Burlington road, Dublin 4.

The conference will celebrate the life’s work of esteemed theoretical physicist, A. P. Balachandran, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Ahead of the conference today (22.01.18) Dr Eucharia Meehan, Registrar and CEO of DIAS, said: “I would like to warmly welcome these international physicists to DIAS and to Dublin today, who are here to celebrate the great work of Professor A. P. Balachandran.”

Professor Balachandran, who is world-renowned for his extensive contributions to quantum physics and quantum field theory, will be in attendance at the conference this week.

Balachandran’s contributions to modern physics include the appreciation of edge states in condensed matter systems that are now playing a decisive role in the current effort to build quantum computers.

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About DIAS

DIAS was founded by Éamon de Valera in 1940 as a centre of excellence for advanced scholarship focused on three disciplines: Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics and Cosmic Physics.  As a globally embedded institution which attracts scholars and academics from around the globe, it conducts and publishes advanced research. The organisation also leads Ireland’s participation in a number of international research endeavours, runs the Dunsink Observatory and coordinates a number of
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About A. P. Balachandran

Professor Aiyalam Parameswaran Balachandran is an Indian and US theoretical physicist who is well known for his extensive contributions to quantum physics and quantum field theory and with his many students, for the early development of superstring theory.

His contributions to modern physics include the appreciation of edge states in condensed matter systems that are now playing a decisive role in the current effort to build quantum computers.

He has pioneered our current understanding of the role topology plays in many quantum physics phenomena and in developing a solitonic model of nucleons. More recently he has pioneered developments in our understanding of the potential role an underlying non-commutative structure to spacetime might play in a quantum theory of gravity. His most recent works deal with the asymptotic properties of quantum fields and have applications to the black hole information paradox.

Balachandran’s many contributions to clarifying the role deep mathematical structures play in theoretical physics are now beginning to come to fruition in experimental physics, most notably the importance topology plays in the quantum world.

Balachandran has long-standing connections to the DIAS School of Theoretical Physics (STP) having first visited in 1968 on the invitation of Professor Lochlainn O’Raifeartaigh.