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The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) was established in 1987 as part of the School of Physics and Astronomy, with the goal of conducting research in theoretical physics at a world-class level.

The most important function of FTPI is to produce significant, exciting and sound theoretical physics that will have an impact on physics as a whole. To this end the Institute provides a meeting place for theorists from around the globe to exchange and develop ideas.

FTPI sponsors several workshops annually and runs ongoing programs, such as the visiting short- and long-term scholar program. Through these and other outreach programs, the Institute serves to advance theoretical physics and to further develop its links to other science and engineering research disciplines, industrial research initiatives, and other academic sectors.

We hope you'll explore our website and find out more about us.


We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Stephen Gasiorowicz passed away on Friday, June 3rd at the age of 88. There will be a memorial service scheduled at a later date. We will update this posting with information when we have it so those interested may attend. Please click HERE to read more about the life of Stephen Gasiorowicz.



ICM Workshop - August 22-24, 2016


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2016 MISEL FAMILY PUBLIC LECTURE - FREE and open to the public!

John Preskill, California Institute of Technology
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
McNamara Alumni Center, 7:00pm

Title: Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

Abstract: The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. John Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world. By exploiting quantum entanglement, quantum computers should be able to solve otherwise intractable problems, with far-reaching applications to cryptology, materials, and fundamental physical science. Preskill is less weird than a quantum computer, and easier to understand.

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