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The George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy

Heterotic Strings and (0,2) QFT

Quantum field theory with (0,2) supersymmetry plays a key role in the study of heterotic string compactifications. Recently these theories have also been playing a role in the study of four-dimensional gauge theories with defects, and there has been a revival in the study of (0,4) theories in light of the Mathieu-Moonshine conjectures.

The workshop will bring together leading experts in these areas with the goals of giving an overview of recent results, finding new relations between the various problems under study, and hopefully charting some new directions where progress can be achieved by combining different approaches.

Participant List

Allan Adams Jennifer Lin
Paul Aspinwall Travis Maxfield
Katrin Becker Ilarion Melnikov
Melanie Becker David Morrison
Francesco Benini Ronen Plesser
Marco Bertolini Callum Quigley
Jacques Distler Andy Royston
James Gray Savdeep Sethi
Sergei Gukov Eric Sharpe
Sebastian Guttenberg Mark Stern
Jeff Harvey Timm Wrase
David Kutasov


The workshop will begin at 9 am on Monday and end at noon on Friday.The schedule can be downloaded here: Heterotic Schedule

Slides From Presentations

Speaker Talk Title
Eric Sharpe Recent Developments in 2d(0,2)Theories
Francesco Benini Cluster Algebras from 2d Gauge Theories
James Gray Algebroids, Heterotic Moduli Spaces and The Strominger System
Jeff Harvey Aspects of Umbral Moonshine
Jennifer Lin (0,2) Dynamics From Four Dimensions
Timm Wrase Mathieu Moonshine and Heterotic String Compactifications


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn within walking distance of the Mitchell Institute. Participants can contact the hotel (contact information below) and use the group code HET when making their reservations. We will be able to cover the accommodation costs for invited participants Sunday to Thursday nights.

Hampton Inn, College Station
320 Texas Ave South
College Station, Texas 77840
(979) 846-0184
Hampton Inn Website

More Information

April 28, 2014 – May 02, 2014

This workshop is organized by K. Becker, M. Becker, I. Melnikov, D. Morrison & S. Sethi


If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Ilarion Melnikov at


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