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Local Organizing Committee:

Luca Lusanna
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)

Francesco Bigazzi
University of Florence and INFI

Domenico Seminara
University of Florence and INFI


International Organizing Committee:

Tepper L. Gill
Howard University, USA

Lawrence P. Horwitz
Bar Ilan University, Israel
Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Martin C. Land
Hadassah College, Israel









The 8th Biennial Conference on Classical and Quantum Relativistic Dynamics of Particles and Fields

Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics (GGI)  ♦  Florence, Italy
29 May - 1 June 2012


The International Association for Relativistic Dynamics (IARD) hosted its 8th biennial meeting at The Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics (GGI) in Florence (Firenze), Italy, from 29 May to 1 June 2012.

IARD 2012 marks the association's 14th year of activity since its founding at the 1998 meeting.

Seven previous meetings took place in Houston, Texas, Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, Howard University in Washington DC, Saas Fee, Switzerland, the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Hualien, Taiwan.

IARD 2010 was held in conjunction with a workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information, including a joint session on RQI-N.

The goal of these meetings is to bring together researchers from diverse fields whose interests involve relativistic dynamics, both classical and quantum. The conference program aims to present recent developments in the abstract theoretical aspects of general approaches in quantum field theory, conformal field theories and string theories, manifestly covariant approaches to classical mechanics, quantum theory, and statistical mechanics, general relativity, classical and quantum gravity, and explore application in such areas as high energy electron spectroscopy, quark-gluon plasma generation in heavy ion collisions, general high energy scattering and particle decay, cosmology, gravitational waves, and relativistic quantum information.


Conference Proceedings

The Proceedings of IARD 2012 appear in Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 437.


Academic Sponsors

The International Association for Relativistic Dynamics (IARD) gratefully acknowledges the generous support of INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.


International Advisory Committee

Stephen Adler
Institute for Advanced Study, USA

Itzhak Bars
University of Southern California, USA

Gordon Baym
University of Illinois, USA

Jacob Bekenstein
Hebrew University, Israel

Fred Cooper
Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Bei-Lok Hu
University of Maryland, USA

Werner Israel
University of Victoria, Canada

E.V. Shuryak
Stony Brook University, USA

L.S. Schulman
Clarkson University

William Unruh
University of British Columbia, Canada


Conference Venue

The conference will take place in the main auditorium (Aula A).

There are two projectors in the auditorium but no PC. We will provide a laptop to display Adobe PDF and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.


Conference Program

9:00-9:40 Opening
9:40-10:30 Luca Lusanna, INFN
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Relativistic Entanglement in the Rest-Frame Instant Form of Dynamics
10:30-11:00 coffee break
11:00-11:50 Hongsheng Zhao, University of St Andrews
Theory Implications of Relativistic Gravitational Redshift in clusters
12:30-13:10 Alberto Salvio, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
The cosmological constant in supersymmetric large extra dimensions
13:10-14:10 lunch
14:10-14:50 James O'Brien, Wentworth Institute of Technology and University of Connecticut
Rotation curves in conformal gravity
14:50-15:30 Alexey Kryukov, University of Wisconsin
Functional methods underlying classical mechanics, relativity and quantum theory
15:30-16:10 Yakov Itin, Jerusalem College of Technology and Hebrew University
Coframe geometry, gravity and electromagnetism
16:10-16:30 coffee break
16:30-17:10 Yaakov Friedman, Jerusalem College of Technology
Extending the Relativity of Time
17:10-17:50 Tzvi Scarr, Jerusalem College of Technology
Extending the Lorentz Transformations to Accelerated Systems
9:00-9:50 Benoit Famaey, University of Strasbourg
The MOND phenomenology and its relativistic theories: successes and failures
9:50-10:30 Martin Land, Hadassah College
3D electrostatics in 5D Stueckelberg electrodynamics
10:30-11:00 coffee break
11:00-11:40 Rafi Milo
Absolute Time and the CERN Neutrino issue
11:40-12:20 Tepper Gill, Howard University
Canonical Proper-time Quantum Theory
12:20-13:00 Paolo Salucci, SISSA
The mysterious dark matter around galaxies
13:00-14:00 lunch
14:00-14:40 Marcelo Schiffer, Ariel University Center of Samaria
Consequences of an Alpha-Varying theory
14:40-15:20 Volker Perlick, University of Bremen
On the self-force on point charges in Born-Infeld theory
15:20-16:00 Matej Pavsic, Joseph Stephen Institute
Quantum field theories and spaces with neutral signature
16:00-16:20 coffee break
16:20-17:00 Domingo Louis-Martinez, University of British Columbia
Relativistic action at a distance and fields
17:00-17:40 Ron Folman, Ben-Gurion University
On the possibility of a relativistic correction to the E and B fields around a current-carrying wire
18:00-18:45 business meeting
9:00-9:40 Abraham Sternlieb, Ariel University Center of Samaria
The principle of finiteness -- a guideline for physical laws
9:40-10:40 Uri Ben Ya'acov, Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee
The Inner Symmetries of Relativistic Systems, the Laplace-Runge-Lenz Symmetry and the Relativistic Centre-Of-Mass
10:40-11:10 coffee break
11:10-11:50 Klaus Hasselmann, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Towards a unified classical theory of fields, particles and quantum phenomena
11:50-12:30 Francesco Becattini, University of Florence
Thermodynamical inequivalence of relativistic quantum stress-energy and spin tensors
12:30-14:00 lunch
14:00-14:40 Amos Harpaz, University of Haifa
A "Fine Structure" constant for Inertia
14:40-15:20 Hristu Culetu, Ovidius University
On the conformal version of Schwarzschild - de Sitter spacetime
15:20-15:40 coffee break
15:40-16:30 Yaakov Friedman, Jerusalem College of Technology
The wave-function type description of the electromagnetic field
9:00-9:40 Martin Land, Hadassah College
Topics in 5D electrodynamics: from uniform motion to radiation reaction
9:40-10:20 Alexander Gersten, Ben-Gurion University
Consistent quantization of massless fields of any spin
10:20-10:50 coffee break
10:50-11:30 Martin Rivas, University of the Basque Country
Is General Relativity a simpler theory?
11:30-12:10 Paul O'Hara, Northeastern Illinois University
Line metrics, their duals and wave equations
12:10-12:50 Netsivi Ben Amots
Relativistic Radial Expansion - Do we need Dark Energy?

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