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Benjamin Lee distinguished professorship is created in honor of Korea's foremost theoretical physicist, late Benjamin Lee, who had a distinguished career in particle physics theory. The program is intended to invite a theoretical physicist of international prominence to stay at APCTP for an extended period. The visit is expected to provide opportunities for the domestic scientists and graduate students to interact with an world-caliber theoretical physicist in their fields of study. The Benjamin Lee professor may give lecture sessions and/or organize small workshops built around the theme of his/her research during the stay.

Hirosi Ooguri (Fred Kavli Professor, Director of Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology; Director of Kavli IPMU, the University of Tokyo)

Professor Hirosi Ooguri receives the 2021 Benjamin Lee Professorship Award of the Asian-Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP). Professor Ooguri has made fundamental contributions to superstring theory, quantum black holes, supersymmetric gauge theories, and related mathematical physics. The awarding ceremony will be held at the KPS fall meeting in October 2021.


<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: TBA
Program: TBA


Steven G. Louie (University of California at Berkeley)
Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science


<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: Nov. 5(Thu.) – 10 (Tue.), 2020

Nov. 5 11:00~12:00 (KST)

Nov. 9 10:30~ (KST)

Nov. 10 10:30~ (KST)

[APCTP-KPS Plenary Talk]
The Fascinating Quantum World of Atomically Thin Two-dimensional Materials

[Lecture Ⅰ]
Understanding and Predicting Quantum Excited-State Phenomena in Materials: Correlated Multiparticle Excitations and Time-Dependent Phenomena

[Lecture Ⅱ]
Topological Effects in Quasi 1D and 2D Materials: Topological Band Engineering, Optical Selection Rules, and Excitonic Shift Currents


Alessandra Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics)
Gravitational-wave Physics / Cosmology

▶Period of visit: 2019.04.24~28

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: Apr. 25(Tue.) – 27 (Thu.), 2019

Apr. 25 11:00~16:00

Apr. 26 14:30~16:00

Apr. 27 09:00~13:00

[APCTP-KPS Plenary Talk]
Gravitational Waves: A New Tool for Observing the Universe

[2019 KPS Spring Meeting Pioneer Symposium]
The Need for High-precision Gravitational Waveforms

[APCTP Special Colloquium]
Gravitational Waves: A New Tool for Observing the Universe

[Korean Gravitational Wave Group Meeting]
Discussion on current issues about gravitational wave

DCC, Daejeon

#201 Science Bldg. III,
Common room, APCTP, Pohang

Eugene H. Stanley (Boston University)
Statistical Physics

▶Period of visit: 2018.10.22 ~ 24

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: Oct 23 (Thu.) - 24 (Wed.), 2018

Oct. 23 10:00~17:00

Oct. 24 13:00~14:00

[APCTP-POSTECH Colloquium]
Are Organizing Principles from Physics of Relevance to Economic and Social Sciences?
[APCTP JRG Seminar]
Are Organizing Principles from Physics of Relevance to Economic and Social Sciences?
[APCTP JRG Consulting Session]

[APCTP-KPS Keynote Speech]
Are organizing principles from physics of relevance to economic and social sciences?

& #512 APCTP, Pohang

CECO, Changwon

Professor Gerardus 't Hooft (Utrecht University)

Particle physics

▶Period of visit: 2017.10.24 ~ 28

Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics)


▶Period of visit: 2017.10.24 ~ 28

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: Oct 25 (Wed.) - 28 (Sat.), 2017

Oct. 25 13:00

Oct. 26 14:00

Oct. 27 16:00

Oct. 28 10:00

[APCTP-KPS Keynote Speech]
Gerardus 't Hooft “Quantum Black Holes and the Structure of Space and Time”

[APCTP Keynote Speech]
ViatcheslavMukhanov “Resolving Singularities in General Relativity”

[APCTP Special Session]
Gerardus 't Hooft The early days of the Standard Model - remembering Benjamin Lee

[POSTECH-APCTP Public Lecture]
Gerardus 't Hooft “From sub-atomic particles to black holes, a world of physics in a bird’s eye view“

[Pohang-APCTP Public Lecture]
ViatcheslavMukhanov “The Quantum Universe

HICO, Gyeongju
Int’l Conference Room, PIC,

Professor János Kertész (Central European University)

Statistical Physics


▶Period of visit: May 23 ~ June 4, 2016

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: May 25 (Wed.)- 26 (Thur.), 2016
Place: APCTP Seminar room (Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg.-512, POSTECH)
Program: https://www.apctp.org/plan.php/BenjaminLee2016/1530

May 25 (Wed.)
10:00 a.m.

May 26 (Thu.)
10:00 a.m.

Lecture I
Complex Networks: An introduction

Tracing people’s digital footprints:
A Statistical Physics Approachto
Social Science

Lecture II
Dynamics on and of Networks

Lecture III
Cascading Phenomena


Professor Karlheinz Langanke (GSI)

Nuclear Astrophysics


▶Period of visit: 2015. 10. 19 ~ 10.28

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture Series>
Date: October 25 (Sun.)- 27 (Tue.), 2015
Place: APCTP Seminar room (Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg.-512, POSTECH)
Lectures: Selected Topics in Nuclear Astrophysics
Program: https:www.apctp.org/plan.php/BenjaminLee2015/1348

Oct. 25 (Sun.),
6:30 p.m.

Oct. 26(Mon.),
9:30 a.m.

Oct. 27(Tue.),
9:30 a.m.

Registration & Reception

Lecture I
Hydrostatic stellar burining and onset of collapse

Lecture II
Core-collapse supernovae

Lecture III
Nucleosynthesis beyond iron


Professor Chandra Varma (University of California, Riverside)

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

application sent to : sec(at)apctp.org

▶Period of visit: 2014. 12. 7 ~ 12.13

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Colloquium & Lecture Series>
Date: Colloquium December 8 (Mon), Lectures December 9(Tue)-11 (Thu), 2014
Place: APCTP Seminar room (Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg.-512, POSTECH)
Title & Program
Colloquium : Higgs Bosons in Condensed Matter Physics [Abstract]
Lectures: Quantum-criticality and high temperature superconductivity in the cuprates and the Fe-based compounds

I. Unuusal metallic states and Anisotropic Superconductivity.
        a. Phase diagram of Cuprates, Ironics and Heavy Fermion compounds.
        b. Anomalous Normal state Properties.
        c. Fermi-Liquid Theory and its violations.

II. Anisotropic Superconductivity Promoted by Quantum-critical Fluctuations.
        a. Nature of Interactions for Anisotropic Superconductivity.
        b. Gaussian Quantum-critical Fluctuations and superconductivity promoted by them.
        c. Local Quantum-criticality in the XY model.
        d. Transformation of the problem of 2D Antiferromagnetic Fluctuations to the XY model.

III. Superconductivity in Cuprates and Ironics.
        a. Analysis of ARPES spectra to reveal Physics of Superocnductivity in Cuprates.
        b. Model for the Ironics - Speculations on Really High Temperature Superconductivity.


Dec. 8 (Mon)

Dec. 9 (Tue)

Dec. 10 (Wed)

Dec. 11 (Thu)



Lecture I

Lecture II

Lecture III

12:00-14:00   Lunch Lunch Lunch
15:00-15:45   Lecture I Lecture II Lecture III
15:45-16 00   Break Break Break
16:00-17:00 Colloquium      
16:00-17:50   Discussion I Discussion II Discussion III
18:30-     Banquet  


Professor Eric Linder (University of California, Berkeley)


▶Period of visit: 2013. 11. 24 ~ 12.02

<Benjamin Lee Professor Colloquium & Lecture Series>
Date & Time: November 25 (4:00 pm) / November 26 - 28 (2:00 pm), 2013
Place: APCTP Seminar room (Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg.-512), Pohang
Program [Download]

Nov. 25 (Mon),
4:00 pm

Nov. 26 (Tue),
2:00 pm

Nov. 27 (Wed),
2:00 pm

Nov. 28 (Thu),
2:00 pm


The Cosmic Jigsaw Puzzle: Testing Dark Energy, Gravity, and Neutrinos

Lecture 1

Testing Inflation and Neutrinos with the CMB and Large Scale Structure

Lecture 2

Early (Dark) Energy and the CMB

Lecture 3

Mining the Time Domain in Astrophysics


Professor Naoto Nagaosa (University of Tokyo)

Condensed Matter Theory

▶Period of visit: 2012. 8. 19 ~ 27

<Benjamin Lee Professorship Lecture>
Title: Skyrmions and their dynamics in helical magnets [Abstract]
Date & Time: August 21 (Tue), 2012, 4:30PM
Place: APCTP Seminar room (Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg.-512), Pohang

▶Period of visit: 2012. 3. 14 ~ 24

Title : Gauge Fields in Condensed Matter Physics [Lecture Note]


Mar. 14 (Wed)

Mar. 15 (Thu)

Mar. 16 (Fri)

Mar. 17 (Sat)



Lecture 3

Lecture 5

Excursion to Gyeongju
Mt. Namsan


Lecture 1

Lecture 4

Lecture 6


Lecture 2








Berry phase
Haldane problem in 1D antiferromagnet
Anomalous and spin Hall effect
Topological insulators
Topological superconductors
Splitting electrons into fractions

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