Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12

The Mall, a central feature of the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona, facing the Tucson Mountains in the west.

This will be the kickoff meeting of the String Vacuum Project (SVP). Established over the past few years, the SVP is a large, multi-institution, interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to exploring the space of string models (string vacua) and their low-energy phenomenological implications. The specific goals of the SVP are many, including

  • the enumeration and classification of string vacua;
  • the development of a detailed understanding of those string vacua with realistic low-energy phenomenologies;
  • the development of more explicit connections between string vacua and LHC data and phenomenology generally; and
  • statistical studies across the entire "landscape" of string vacua.

Through both direct enumeration and statistical studies, we gain valuable experience in the construction and analysis of phenomenologically viable string models and their connections to the Standard Model and ultimately to experiment.

Given that relatively large numbers of string vacua exist, it is imperative that string phenomenologists confront this issue head-on by learning about these vacua and the space of resulting phenomenological possibilities.



Meeting Organizers

Keith R. Dienes, University of Arizona
Gordy Kane, University of Michigan
Stuart Raby, Ohio State University

For further information, contact:

Keith R. Dienes
Department of Physics
University of Arizona
1118 E. 4th Street
Tucson, AZ 85721 USA


This will be the kickoff meeting of the SVP, and all physicists interested in string model-building and string phenomenology are encouraged to attend. We particularly encourage participation from junior colleagues (postdocs and graduate students). The style of this workshop will include not only talks on recent work, but also ample time for coordination and discussion concerning the larger SVP project. An important goal of this meeting will also be to foster future collaboration between program participants.

The meeting will be held Thursday 4/10 through Saturday 4/12 in Tucson, Arizona. There will be no registration fee, but it is expected that participants will pay their own travel and lodging expenses. However, some NSF support is available for participants, especially junior participants.


This meeting is supported in part by the US National Science Foundation
and the Department of Physics of the University of Arizona.