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POTUS2011 : The Physics of The Universe Summit

US/Pacific
SpaceX/Andaz/Caltech

SpaceX/Andaz/Caltech

Description

To accomplish the extraordinary, you must seek extraordinary people. — James Lee Byars


This two day retreat brings together the top minds (thinkers and doers) in the fields of the physics of the universe both theoretical and experimental. The meeting fosters discussion, and when the best people talk the outcome is advance and growth. We avoid standard prepared talks, and focus on exciting forefront issues, where there may be differences of opinion, or new results that will provoke wide discussion. The summit is inspired by the data and recent results by satellite and ground-based experiments on dark matter searches, the challenges from theory and the LHC first nine months of collisions.

POTUS contact info: Jury Rodriguez jury@caltech.edu @ 626-818-6539, technical support Dorian Kcira dkcira@caltech.edu @ 626-379-2887
SpaceX day contact: Mary Beth Brown @ 310-403-0188 (January 8)
Caltech/Cahill day contact: Mary Cross @ 626-262-3770 (January 9)

 

0.     The summit kicks-off with the cocktail reception and dinner at the Andaz on Friday January 7 at the Andaz West Hollywood. 

1.     The first day of the summit (Saturday, January 8) will be held at the headquarters of SpaceX.   Elon Musk will give a tour of his “Falcon” and “Dragon” construction and missions. 

2.     The second day (Sunday, January 9) will be held at Caltech’s Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

3.     Participants will be housed at the The Andaz West Hollywood Hyatt Hotel where the kick-off reception/dinner (Jan 7) and the Pritzker Summit dinner (Jan 8)  will be given. 

4.     The closing of the meeting will be a première of a short film by Jesse Dylan followed by a reception at Caltech's Cahill Center.

5.     The summit is by invitation only; There is no registration or other fees; Just make your way to the Andaz and the rest is covered.

 
 
Andaz
Caltech/Cahill/Parking map
SpaceX Map/Directions
Participants
  • Aaron Pierce
  • Alyson Brooks
  • Anton Kapustin
  • Barry Barish
  • Ben Zwiebel
  • Brant Robertson
  • Christopher Rogan
  • Danny Hillis
  • David Gross
  • David Moore
  • Dennis Overbye
  • Dorian Kcira
  • Elliott Bloom
  • Elon Musk
  • Erik Verlinde
  • Georgi Dvali
  • Gordon Kane
  • Harvey Newman
  • Herman Verlinde
  • Hirosi Ooguri
  • Jacquelyn Savani
  • Jesse Dylan
  • JoAnne Hewett
  • John Preskill
  • John Schwarz
  • Jonathan Nolan
  • Joseph Lykken
  • Juan Collar
  • Katherine Freese
  • Kathryn Zurek
  • Kip Thorne
  • Lenny Susskind
  • Lisa Joy
  • Lisa Randall
  • lisa randall
  • Marc Kamionkowski
  • Maria Spiropulu
  • Marion Viguier
  • Mark Wise
  • Matthew Buckley
  • Maurizio Pierini
  • Michael S Turner
  • Myhrvold Nathan
  • Neal Weiner
  • Petr Horava
  • Piotr Sulkowski
  • Ryan Patterson
  • Saminder Dhaliwal
  • Sean Carroll
  • Steven Koonin
  • Sunil Golwala
  • Thomas Banks
  • Thomas Tombrello
  • Tom Soifer
  • Walter De Logi
  • Wendy Freedman
    • 19:00 22:30
      Cocktail Reception & Dinner Studio 4 (mezzanine level) (Andaz)

      Studio 4 (mezzanine level)

      Andaz

    • 07:30 08:30
      Breakfast Mezzanine Hall (Andaz)

      Mezzanine Hall

      Andaz

    • 08:30 09:15
      Buses to SpaceX Foyer (Andaz)

      Foyer

      Andaz

    • 09:15 12:30
      String/Gravity Paradigm Shift: Tom Banks, Gia Dvali, Lenny Susskind, Erik Verlinde, Herman Verlinde von Braun conference room (SpaceX)

      von Braun conference room

      SpaceX

      <font color="darkblue">The session will discuss the ongoing paradigm shift in our thinking about gravity and string theory. Although everybody seems to agree that a paradigm shift is occurring, theorists seem to have very different takes on what are the right ways to think about the new emerging paradigm(s).</font>

      Convener: David Gross
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h 30m high-bay lunch room (SpaceX)

      high-bay lunch room

      SpaceX

    • 14:00 15:00
      SpaceX tour by Elon Musk high-bay (SpaceX)

      high-bay

      SpaceX

    • 15:00 18:00
      Dark Matter: Eliott Bloom, Juan Collar, David Moore, Katie Freese, Neal Weiner von Braun conference room (SpaceX)

      von Braun conference room

      SpaceX

      <font color="darkblue">Direct and indirect searches are yielding stronger constraints on the nature of dark matter. Recent observations from both space- and ground-based experiments are being interpreted as signals of dark matter annihilation/decay or direct detection. In this session we will ask what is this data really telling us, and what are the new theory ideas generated by the dark matter results so far.</font>

      Convener: Wendy Freedman
    • 18:15 19:00
      Buses to Andaz Foyer (SpaceX)

      Foyer

      SpaceX

    • 19:30 22:30
      Summit Dinner (sponsored by Susan and Nick Pritzker) Panorama (Rooftop Terrace) (Andaz)

      Panorama (Rooftop Terrace)

      Andaz

    • 07:30 08:30
      Breakfast Mezzanine Hall (Andaz)

      Mezzanine Hall

      Andaz

    • 08:30 09:15
      Buses to Cahill/Caltech Foyer (Andaz)

      Foyer

      Andaz

    • 09:30 10:30
      The future of US science: Steven Koonin Caltech/Cahill Center

      Caltech/Cahill Center

    • 10:30 10:50
      Coffee Break 20m Library/Patio (Cahill)

      Library/Patio

      Cahill

    • 10:50 12:20
      Astro 2011: Brant Robertson, Marc Kamionkowski, Michael Turner Hameetman Auditorium (Caltech/Cahill Center)

      Hameetman Auditorium

      Caltech/Cahill Center

      <font color="darkblue">A discussion starting with the "first light" after the Universe's dark ages and concluding with the State of the Universe Address.</font>

      Convener: Hirosi Ooguri
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h 30m Library/Patio, Cahill

      Library/Patio, Cahill

    • 14:00 14:45
      Diatribes: Kathryn Zurek, Aaron Pierce, Gordy Kane Hameetman Auditorium (Caltech/Cahill Center)

      Hameetman Auditorium

      Caltech/Cahill Center

    • 14:45 16:15
      LHC Year 0: JoAnne Hewett, Harvey Newman, Maria Spiropulu Hameetman Auditorium (Caltech/Cahill Center)

      Hameetman Auditorium

      Caltech/Cahill Center

      <font color="darkblue">In this session we will discuss the vastness of the LHC discovery space, the LHC7 data results, the race for the Higgs, SUSY, extra dimensions, and other exotic phenomena, plus the road to doubling and quadrupling the energy of proton collisions.</font>

    • 16:15 17:00
      Consilience: Lisa Randall Hameetman Auditorium (Caltech/Cahill Center)

      Hameetman Auditorium

      Caltech/Cahill Center

    • 17:00 19:30
      Short film and closing cocktail reception: Jesse Dylan Hameetman Auditorium & Lobby (Caltech/Cahill)

      Hameetman Auditorium & Lobby

      Caltech/Cahill

    • 19:30 20:00
      Buses to Andaz Cahill Foyer

      Cahill Foyer

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