Jul 16 – 27, 2018
Europe/Paris timezone

Organising Committee Elli Pomoni(DESY)  Bruno Le Floch (Princeton University) and Masahito Yamazaki (Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo)

Scientific Committee: Vasily Pestun (IHES), Silviu Pufu (Princeton University), Joerg Teschner (DESY)

The Summer school on "Supersymmetric Localization and Exact Results" will be held at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) from July 16 to July 27, 2018. IHES is located in Bures-sur-Yvette, south of Paris (40 minutes by train from Paris).

This school is open to everybody but intended primarily for young participants, including PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Significant progress has been made in the study of gauge theories in the last decade. Thanks to the discovery of novel techniques and especially supersymmetric localization, the field now possesses a plethora of exact results that previously seemed unreachable.

Starting with the work of Nekrasov who computed the instanton partition function for N=2 theories in four dimensions, Pestun computed the exact partition function on a four-sphere for theories with N=2 supersymmetry. Shortly after the partition functions as well as other observables in various spacetime dimensions and compact manifolds were computed.

Our school aims in deepening the understanding of current results and at investigating which of our current methods are transferable to theories with less supersymmetry, as well as trying to increase the list of possible observables that are computable via localization.

Each week will feature three or four speakers giving one lecture per day. During the first week, in addition to these three one hour and a half lectures there will be discussion and homework sessions in the afternoon. During the second week, some of the lectures will be replaced by talks on more advanced topics.

The main lectures will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Introduction to localization, Localization of instantons and Exact results on 4d N=2 theories

Week 2:  Topological strings and matrix models, M5 brane compactifications and Zamolodchikov metric and tt^* equation

Advanced talks week 2: Chiral algebras, N=1 localization, Localization with boundaries, line operators, surface operators, relations to CFT and integrable systems


Week 1: 1h30 per topic per day
     Francesco Benini(SISSA
     Guido Festuccia (Uppsala)
     Wolfger Peelaers(Rutgers)

Advanced talk in week 1: 2-3 hours
     Seiji Terashima (Kyoto)

Week 2: 1h30 per topic per day
     Zohar Komargodski (Stony Brook)
     Maxim Zabzine (Uppsala)

Advanced talks in the second week: 2-3 hours each
     Nikita Nekrasov (Simons Center)
     Takuya Okuda (Tokyo)
     Balt van Rees (Durham)

Some funding is available for young participants (more info at the bottom of the page)

With the support of


Marilyn and James Simons Conference Center
35 route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette, France

The IHÉS hopes to be able to provide partial financial support to cover housing for most accepted graduate students and postdocs. Some limited amount of additional funds will be available for special circumstances.