TRAINING AND MOBILITY OF RESEARCHERS (TMR)
Integrability, non-perturbative effects, and symmetry in quantum
A TMR Physics Network.
EC contract number FMRX-CT96-0012
Start date 1-10-1996. End date 30-9-2000. Duration 48 months.
Durham, Mathematical Sciences
South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, GB.
Tel + 44-191 3742372, Fax + 44-191 3747388
- Peter West,
King's College London, GB
- David Olive,
University of Wales Swansea, GB
- Hermann Nicolai,
Planck Institute Potsdam, DE
- Loriano Bonora,
SISSA Trieste, IT
- Cesar Gomez,
CSIC Madrid, ES
- Jean-Bernard Zuber,
Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique,
- Bernard Julia, CNRS,
Weizmann Institute for Science, Rehovot, IL
In addition to these, some members of the following universities
(contact names in brackets) are collaborating with the principal partners
and are considered part of the above nodes:
Summary of objectives:
There are two long-term objectives: to find a unified consistent
theory of the elementary particles and their interactions,
and to provide techniques for the calculation of non-perturbative
effects in quantum field theory or in string theory. The first
objective recognises the shortcomings of the Standard Model of
elementary particles, including the serious problem of incorporating
gravity within the framework of renormalisable quantum field theory.
One immediate task is to clarify the role of hidden symmetries
such as extended conformal symmetry or weak-strong coupling
symmetries, in order to be able to make use of them
non-pertubatively, and in order to expose the true nature of
Another task is to study two-dimensional models in which hidden
symmetries play a part but for which the role of the symmetry is
more transparent. Some of these, the affine Toda field
theories, also exhibit a weak-strong coupling duality and other
non-perturbative effects which need to be properly understood.
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