Piotr Sułkowski is a theoretical physicist, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), and a visiting faculty at the California Institute of Technology (USA). His research interests concern mathematical physics, in particular formal aspects of string theory and gauge theories. Occasionally he happens to be active in the field of biophysics. He conducts research in all these topics with members of his group at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, and with collaborators around the world.
May 2017: Paweł Ciosmak and Jakub Jankowski won Preludium and Sonata grants from the National Science Centre to conduct research in our group. Congratulations!
Meetings not to be missed: "Categorification in mathematical physics" (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook, USA, April 9-13, 2018) and "Quantum knot invariants and supersymmetric gauge theories" (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, November 5 – December 14, 2018).
Rozmowa z okazji 25-lecia FNP: "Ważne fizyków rozmowy"
Science popularization prize for Piotr Sułkowski and the Faculty of Physics.
Polish Academy of Sciences Stefan Pieńkowski Prize.
W radiu TokFM o konferencji "Światy równoległe", działalności "Zapytaj fizyka", i fizyce współczesnej.
Prof. Tomasz Taylor will spend the academic year 2016/2017 at our department as a Fulbright visiting professor. Among other activities he will give a lecture course entitled "Amplitudes" - everyone is encouraged to learn how to compute them!
Helder Larraguivel and Petr Vasko joined our group this autumn (2016)!
A new lecture course in the winter term 2016/2017: Conformal field theory
PAP - Nauka w Polsce (2016): Fizyk rozsupłuje zagadnienia z pogranicza teorii strun i teorii węzłów
Spotkanie z Hubertem Czerepokiem i Piotrem Sułkowskim, w ramach tegorocznej edycji projektu Synchronizacja Fundacji "Bęc Zmiana" oraz wystawy ZAPAL SIĘ!, odbędzie się 22 września 2014 r. o godz. 18:00 w Parku Rzeźby wokół Królikarni. Zapraszamy!
A workshop "Quantum curves, Hitchin systems, and the Eynard-Orantin theory" will take place at the American Institute for Mathematics, Palo Alto (CA), September 29 - October 3, 2014
"(Introduction to) Topological Field Theory" - a new lecture series in the winter term 2014/2015, Tuesdays, 16:15-18:00, lecture room C223 (Faculty of Physics, ul. Pasteura 5); see also USOSweb and EXAM PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS
We have launched the "KnotProt: a database of proteins with knots and slipknots"; the accompanying paper has been published in Nucl. Acids. Res.
A new webpage for the project Zapytaj fizyka has just been launched. This is a science popularization project in which we answer intriguing physics questions asked by non-experts. As part of the project we will also organize a series of lectures by famous physicists and science advocates. First lectures are given by prof. Michał Heller (February 26th), dr Stanisław Bajtlik (March 12th), prof. Ryszard Horodecki (April 17th). The lectrues are advertised, among the others in buses, trams, and trains in Warsaw transportation system - be alert!
In January 2015 Prof. Neil Lambert became an affiliated professor at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw; he will be our guest for the next few years. This spring he will give a course on string theory and M-theory - everyone is welcome to attend!
Interview about "Zapytaj fizyka" in TokFM (March 18, 2015)
This week (June 1-5, 2015) the Mathematics and physics of knot homologies conference is taking place, summarizing the whole semester program on these and related topics at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.
Our research and science popularization activites have been awarded by the Award of the City of Warsaw, which is granted to people or teams of people who are of special merit to the City; the awards ceremony took place at the Royal Castle on July 31st, 2015.
Our Advanced School on Topological Quantum Field Theory (Warsaw, December 7-9, 2015) has just been announced!
Our String theory journal club meetings take place (unless otherwise stated) on Wednesdays at 11:00 this academic year (2015/2016)
Paweł Ciosmak, Miłosz Panfil, Junya Yagi joined our group this Fall (2015)
A postdoctoral position for the academic year 2017/2018 is available within the European Research Council (ERC) funded project "Quantum Fields and Knot Homologies". The project is devoted to research at the interface of quantum field theory, string theory, knot theory and the theory of random matrices, and experience in some of those fields will be an asset. The project is based at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), and involves collaborations with renowned scientists at Caltech, University of California Davis, Institut de Physique Theorique (Saclay, France), and Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon, Portugal). The appointment apart from a salary includes a decent research and travel expense fund. Application documents should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interest, a proposed starting date, and three letters of recommendation. The documents, preferably in pdf format, should be sent by e-mail to psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl (with "ERC postdoc application" in the subject line); primary consideration will be given to applications received by May 26, 2017. All inquiries in regards to this announcement should be sent to Piotr Sułkowski (psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl).
Several postdoc and PhD positions in the area of biophysics and knotted/entangled proteins are available in our neighbours' lab.
"Homology theories in low dimensional topology", Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge University, UK), January 9 - June 30, 2017
"Advanced School on Integrability", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, March 6-8, 2017
"stringtheory.pl/2017", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, April 21-23, 2017
"Physics and biology of proteins", International Institute of Physics, Natal, Brasil, June 12-30, 2017
"Workshop on quantum information and topological recursion", SKOLTECH, Russia, June 19-23, 2017
"TEDx – The Future is Now", Tarnów, Poland, June 24, 2017
"Limits of Knowledge", Humboldt Kolleg, Cracow, Poland, June 22-25, 2017
"Applied Topology", Będlewo, Poland, June 25- July 1, 2017
"Flat Connections in Physics and Geometry", Heidelberg, Germany, July 20-22, 2017
"44. Zjazd Fizyków Polskich", Wrocław, Poland, September 10-15, 2017
"8th Forum of Polish Mathematicians", Lublin, Poland, September 18-22, 2017
"Integrability and Chaos in Multicomponent Systems", Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, October 2-7, 2017
"Categorification in mathematical physics", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (Stony Brook, USA), April 9-13, 2018
"Quantum knot invariants and supersymmetric gauge theories", Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, November 5 – December 14, 2018
"Combinatorics and interactions", Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris, France), January 9 - March 31, 2017
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories, III", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose, USA), January 23-27, 2017
"Interactions between topological recursion, modularity, quantum invariants and low-dimensional topology", University of Melbourne (Australia), November 28 - December 23, 2016
"Symposium to celebrate the 75th birthday of John Schwarz", Cahill Hameetman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, November 18-19, 2016
"Classical and quantum integrable systems and supersymmetry", Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, (Tianjin, China), September 19-24, 2016
"Knots in Hellas", Ancient Olympia (Greece), July 17-23, 2016
"Topological Recursion and its Influence in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology", AMS von Neumann Symposium (Hilton Charlotte University Place, North Carolina, USA), July 4-8, 2016
"New perspectives on Higgs bundles, branes and quantization", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), June 13-17, 2016
"5th Workshop on Combinatorics of Moduli Spaces, Hurwitz Numbers and Cohomological Field Theories", Moscow, June 6-11, 2016
"Quantum spacetime structures: Dualities and new geometries", Bayrischzell (Germany), April 29 - May 3, 2016
"Program on the mathematics of string theory", Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris, France), April 11 - July 15, 2016
"Topological Recursion and TQFTs", MFO Oberwolfach (Germany), February 14-20, 2016
"Quantum Spacetime '16", Zakopane (Poland), February 6-12, 2016
"Moduli spaces, integrable systems, and topological recursions", Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM, Montréal, Canada), January 9-13, 2016
"Advanced School on Topological Quantum Field Theory", University of Warsaw (Poland), December 7-9, 2015
"The 2nd conference of the Polish Society of Relativity: 100 years of General Relativity", University of Warsaw (Poland), November 23-28, 2015
"Quantization of Spectral Curves", Osaka City University (Japan), November 2-6, 2015
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories, II", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose, USA), October 12-16, 2015
"Geometry and biophysics", Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée (Strasbourg, France), September 17-19, 2015
"The Planck Scale II - XXXV Max Born Symposium", Wrocław (Poland), September 7-12, 2015
"Quantum geometry, duality, and matrix models", ITEP & IITP (Moscow, Russia), August 24-29, 2015
"Glances at Manifolds, low and high dimensional", Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland), July 17-20, 2015
"EMBO Young Scientists Forum", Warsaw (Poland), July 2-3, 2015
"Physics and mathematics of knot homologies", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), June 1-5, 2015
"Knot homologies, BPS states, and SUSY gauge theories", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), March 16 - June 12, 2015
"stringtheory.pl/2015", Wrocław (Poland), April 10-12, 2015
"Caltech - Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics - Inaugural Celebration and Symposium", Caltech, February 23-24, 2015
"EMBO workshop on computational biology", Goniądz (Poland), February 20-22, 2015
"Third EFI conference on quantum gravity", Tux (Austria), February 16-20, 2015
"XXI Oporto meeting on geometry, topology and physics - Applications of topology", Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal), February 4-7, 2015
"Group theory and knots", International Institute of Physics URFN (Natal, Brasil), November 17-28, 2014
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (Palo Alto, USA), November 10-14, 2014
"Gauged sigma models in two dimensions", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), November 3-7, 2014
"Quantum curves, Hitchin systems, and the Eynard-Orantin theory", American Institute for Mathematics, Palo Alto (CA), September 29 - October 3, 2014
"Quantum Curves and Quantum Knot Invariants", BIRS, Banff (Canada), June 15-20, 2014
stringtheory.pl/2014 - Spring School on String Theory, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw, April 25-27, 2014
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