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SIG V - 20-23 June 2016

Skyrmions - from atomic nuclei to neutron stars

Lectures on solitons and QCD in the non-perturbative regime - mathematical properties and applications to baryon physics, nuclear matter and neutron stars.

As always, the aim of this informal workshop is to increase interactions (and possible future collaboration) between Skyrme oriented physicists and mathematicians. So, we are mainly focused on discussion. Therefore, we plan to have only 3-4 talks every day. We plan to devote each day of this workshop to one of the following topics:

  • QCD - static properties of Skyrmions (spectroscopy of atomic nuclei, binding energies, nuclear matter EoS)
  • QCD - dynamical properties of Skyrmions (vibrational modes, resonances, scattering)
  • Gravity - astrophysical applications of Skyrmions (neutron stars, black holes)
  • Mathematical aspects of Skyrmions

    Participants and Talks

  • Christoph Adam (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), "Hairy black holes in general Skyrme models"
  • Henryk Arodz (Krakow, Poland)
  • Jenny Ashcroft (Canterbury, UK)
  • Katarzyna Dziedzic-Kocurek (Krakow, Poland)
  • Stephen Flood (Leeds, UK)
  • David Foster (Bristol, UK), "Skyrmion resonances"
  • Bjarke Gudnason (Lanzhou, China), "Skyrmions with low binding energies" and "Gravitating Skyrmions"
  • Mareike Haberichter (Tokyo, Japan), "The Roper resonances and quasi-normal modes of Skyrmions"
  • Chris Halcrow (Cambridge, UK), "Vibrational Quantisation of Skyrmions"
  • Theodora Ioannidou (Thessaloniki, Greece), "Skyrmions coupled with Gravity"
  • Chris King (Cambridge, UK), "Oxygen-16 and the 6-puncture sphere"
  • Steffen Krusch (Canterbury, UK), "The deuteron in the Skyrme model"
  • Sebastian Kubis (Krakow, Poland), "Pasta phases in neutron stars"
  • Pawel Moskal (Krakow, Poland), "Experimental search for exotic matter"
  • Carlos Naya (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), "A long-standing problem: Isospin symmetry breaking in the BPS Skyrme model"
  • Muneto Nitta (Tokyo, Japan), "Composite Skyrmions" and "Supersymmetry"
  • Maciej Nowak (Krakow, Poland)
  • Jose M. Queiruga (Karlsruhe, Germany), "Fermionic zero modes and the susy baby Skyrme model" and "Defect Skyrmions in 3+1"
  • Tomasz Romanczukiewicz (Krakow, Poland), "Radial vibrations of BPS Skyrmions"
  • Yasha Shnir (Dubna, Russia)
  • Hesam Soltanpahani (Krakow, Poland)
  • Martin Speight (Leeds, UK), "Geometry of dissolving vortices"
  • Lukasz Stepien (Krakow, Poland)
  • Andrzej Wereszczynski (Krakow, Poland), "Nuclear matter EoS and neutron stars in the Skyrme models"

    Program 20-23 June

    Monday (Math) Tuesday (Grav) Wednesday (QCD) Thursday (QCD)
    11.00 M. Speight B. Gudnason M. Haberichter
    12.00 M. Nitta A. Wereszczynski T. Romanczukiewicz C. Halcrow
    15.00 J. Queiruga C. Adam D. Foster C. King
    16.00 C. Naya T. Ioannidou S. Krusch P. Moskal

    Organizing committee

  • K. Dziedzic-Kocurek, Head of the committee (Krakow)
  • M. Haberichter (Tokyo)
  • C. Naya (Santiago de Compostela)
  • A. Wereszczynski (Krakow)


    Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Lojasiewicza 11, Krakow. Seminar room - D-2-02.


    Each visitor will share an office in the secure part of the institute - mainly building section B-2 and D-2 (except of Mareike, Jenny and Carlos who will be based in the visitor office in section C-2). B,C,D stands for the part of the building while 2 denotes the second floor (See a map of the institute). Usually you will share one key and key card per office (allowing you to enter all secure zones).

    Coffee, Lunch, Refreshments

  • Coffee - one can enjoy good espresso (and other coffee varieties) at the Atom Bar, located at the main entrance of the Faculty.

    There is also a coffee an espresso machine in the Theory Department's coffee room located in our section C-2. A cup costs 1 PLN (please, put the money into the box next to the coffee machine).

  • Lunch - Atom Bar 13/15 PLN: soup, second course + salad + drink. There are also other student bars on Campus. So, feel free to explore. Unfortunately, there are no nice restaurants close to the Campus.

  • Refreshments

    In the morning, around 10.30 there will be a free cup of coffee + fresh fruits (strawberries etc.) in the Theory Department's coffee room in section C-2.

    In the afternoon, around 14.20 there will be a free cup of coffee + cakes + snacks + juice etc. in the coffee room in section C-2. That will keep yu going through the afternoon session.


  • Airport -> Krakow Glowny Train Station / City center.

    Balice Airport is connected with the Central Train Station (Krakow Glowny) by a direct train. Please, follow the signs at the Airport. Once you are at the Balice Train Station take any train. All trains go to Krakow Glowny - it is the only big station on the way. It takes approximately 17 min to get there and there is one train every 30 minutes. You can purchase your tickets from a self-service vending machine at the platform (cash/cards) or on board the train (cash - only polish zloty). It costs 8 PLN. See train time table.

  • Krakow Glowny Train Station -> Campus

    Once you arrive at Krakow Glowny leave the train station through the shopping center (Galeria Krakowska). To exit the shopping center, please follow the signs to Krakow Old Town. You will arrive at a rather big square with the shopping center in your back and an old train station building on the left (map). Please, continue straight (with the stream of people) until you see an underground passage (it leads to Planty - a green area around the Old Town). Don't take the passage but turn a bit left. There is a tram/bus stop. Take tram 52, direction "Czerwone Maki". The campus stop is "Norymberska" - just in front of "Kaufland" supermarket. The campus is behind the shopping center. A single tram ticket costs 3.80 PLN. You can buy it from a vending machine at some stops (cash/cards) or on board the tram (depending on the machine you pay by card or/and chash). See time table for tram 52.

  • Hotel "Start"

    To get to hotel "Start" you have to leave the same tram 52 at "Lipinskiego" stop. It is a big, communistic style building very close to the tram stop. To get to the campus you can travel two stops on tram 52 (direction "Czerwone Maki"). You have to buy a 20 min ticket, which costs 2.80 PLN. However, the best option is just to walk along the tram line. It takes 15 min.

  • Krakow touristic info