HGS-HIRe Power Week on Renormalization Group Methods - February 2013 - Castle Herborn



February 11-15, 2013


Renormalization Group Methods and Applications in QCD


Bernd-Jochen Schaefer (U Graz)

Tina Herbst (U Heidelberg)


Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)


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Feb 11 Feb 12 Feb 13 Feb 14 Feb 15
9:00-10:00 Arrival Lecture: Topic of Day 2 Lecture: Topic of Day 3 Lecture: Topic of Day 4 Lecture: Topic of Day 5
10:00-10:30 Welcome/Introduction
Lecture: Topic of Day 1
10:30-11:00 Break Break Break Break
11:00-12:00 Preparing the Tasks Preparing the Tasks Preparing the Tasks Preparing the Tasks Preparing the Tasks
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Individual Hands-on/
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15:00-15:30 Break Break Break Break Break
Individual Hands-on/
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Group Session/
17:00-18:00 Group Session Group Session Group Session Group Session Travel
Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
Questions/Wrapup Questions/Wrapup Questions/Wrapup Questions/Wrapup

Course Information

Course Contents/Program

The course starts with a general introduction to the idea of the renormalization group method. During the power week we will concentrate on several projects on various renormalization group approaches in quantum field theories (e.g. Wetterich equation, Callan-Symanzik equations, Wilson RG etc.) and applications thereof. Examples cover investigations of scalar theories in great detail, fixed points and phase diagrams, criticalities etc.. After an introductory lecture to the topic of the day, the participants will perform own basic computations.

What to know

Participants are supposed to have heard about quantum field theory at some basic level (for example textbook by Peskin & Schroeder or Ryder).

What to bring

Ideally, bring a laptop with some program for mathematical manipulations (e.g. Mathematica or Maple) and/or any other high-level programming language (e.g. Fortran, C++, python etc.) with some driver packages to solve differential equations.

What to read

It helps to read chapters 9 - 11 of the textbook "Quantum Field Theory" by Peskin & Schroeder. If you can read more chapters of that book (e.g. chapters 12 & 13) it will be helpful but is not necessary. More literature will be suggested during the week according to the interests of the participants.

Practical Information


The scientific program of the power week starts with a welcome and introduction session on Monday morning at 10:00. Please arrive well in time. Check-in, i.e. distribution of the rooms, will be on Monday after lunch. The power week will close on Friday late afternoon.

Late arrivals

If you will arrive late please contact the coordinator in advance.


The power week will be held at Theologisches Seminar Herborn, Nassaustraße 36, D-35745 Herborn.
The website of the venue can be found here >.


Travel to the venue is on Monday, February 11, in the morning. Please arrange for individual travel to the location. We encourage to use public transport or car pools. Directions can be found here >.


Accomodation is mostly in twin bed rooms.


Special food requirements (vegetarian, other) should be communicated to the coordinator in advance.
Full board is included in the power week.

What to bring

Clothing: The power week will be very informal, so only casual attire is necessary.
Linen/towel/others: All rooms have linen and towel, no need to bring them. Please bring your soap and hair dryer (if needed).
Other material Please bring sufficient amounts of writing materials (paper etc.).


Wireless internet access is available. Please bring your own laptop.


All basic expenses are covered by HGS-HIRe. You only have to pay for local expenses (drinks,etc.). All meals are included.


Though this trip will not generate any costs for your supervisor or group please do not forget to file a trip request so you are covered by insurance during the power week. Please ask the secretary of your official supervisor at the university for the appropriate form.


  1. Pascal Buescher
  2. Madhumita Dhar
  3. Thorben Graf
  4. Mara Grahl
  5. Anja Habersetzer
  6. Walter Heupel
  7. Ana Juricic
  8. Martin Kalinowski
  9. Jochen Keller
  10. Stanislav Kubrak
  11. Alex Meistrenko
  12. Daniel Mueller
  13. Daniel Nowakowski
  14. Piotr Piasecki
  15. Khaled Teilab
  16. Johannes Weber
  17. Christian Welzbacher
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