Supersymmetric Localization and Exact Results

Marilyn and James Simons Conference Center (IHÉS)

Marilyn and James Simons Conference Center


35 route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette, France

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


  • Abay Zhakenov
  • Alessandro Pini
  • Alexander Belavin
  • Alexander Tabler
  • Andreas Rocén
  • Andrei Grekov
  • Antoine Bourget
  • Arash Arabi Ardehali
  • Arghya Chattopadhyay
  • Boris Eremin
  • Changjian Su
  • Cheng Shi
  • Chiara Toldo
  • Christopher Couzens
  • Daniil Menskoy
  • Deliang ZHONG
  • Dinh-Long VU
  • Dongsheng Ge
  • Evyatar Sabag
  • Fabrizio Del Monte
  • Gourab Bhattacharya
  • Ilya Vilkoviskiy
  • Ioana Coman
  • Ioannis Lavdas
  • Ivan Garozzo
  • Jairo Martínez Montoya
  • Jan Peter Carstensen
  • Jewel Kumar Ghosh
  • Jie Gu
  • Jin Chen
  • Joel Clingempeel
  • Jonathan Schulz
  • Joonho Kim
  • Juan Villarreal
  • Jun Nian
  • Junyi Zhang
  • Kaiwen Sun
  • Konstantin Aleshkin
  • Konstantina Polydorou
  • Laczko Zoltan
  • Lennart Schmidt
  • Lorenzo Ruggeri
  • Luis Alberto Ypanaque Rocha
  • Martí Rosselló
  • Matteo Sacchi
  • Matthew Renwick
  • Matthieu sarkis
  • Maximilian Schwick
  • Mykola Semenyakin
  • Nezhla Aghaei
  • Nikita Sopenko
  • Olga Chekeres
  • Philipp Rüter
  • Pierre Heidmann
  • Pieter Bomans
  • Rebecca Lodin
  • Roberto Vega Álvarez
  • Rodolfo Panerai
  • Roman Geiko
  • Ruidong Zhu
  • Salvatore Baldino
  • Seung-Joo Lee
  • Shahriyar Jafarzade
  • Songyuan Li
  • Thomas Bourton
  • Tin Sulejmanpasic
  • Troy Figiel
  • Urmi Ninad
  • Varun Gupta
  • Vivek Saxena
  • Yale Fan
  • Yegor Zenkevich
  • Yi Pang
  • Yi Zhang
  • Zhihao Duan
  • Zhuo Chen
Contact: Elisabeth Jasserand