Over the years, various researchers have suggested connections between the octonions and the standard model of particle physics. The past few years, in particular, have been marked by an upsurge of activity on this subject, stimulated by the recent observation that the standard model gauge group and fermion representation can be elegantly characterized in terms of the octonions. This workshop, which will be the first ever on this topic, is intended to bring this new community together in an attempt to better understand these ideas, establish a common language, and stimulate further progress.
The workshop will consist of an hourlong talk every Monday at noon (EST), with the first talk on Monday February 8, and the final talk on Monday May 17.
Format results

The standard model, left/right symmetry, and the "magic square"
Latham Boyle Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Discussion Session

Tejinder Singh Tata Institute for Fundamental Research

Shane Farnsworth Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics  Albert Einstein Institute (AEI)

Cohl Furey Humboldt University of Berlin


Jordan algebras: from QM to 5D supergravity to … Standard Model?
Paul Townsend University of Cambridge

Potentially realistic SO(10) GUTs and their phenomenology
Michal Malinsky Charles University

Spin(11,3), particles and octonions
Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

Can We Understand the Standard Model Using Octonions?
John Baez University of California

Can We Understand the Standard Model?
John Baez University of California

The Higher Algebra of Supersymmetry
John Huerta University of Lisbon

Clifford algebra of the Standard Model
Ivan Todorov Bulgarian Academy of Sciences  Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy

Division algebraic symmetry breaking

Cohl Furey Humboldt University of Berlin

Mia Hughes Imperial College London


A Magic Pyramid of Supergravity Theories from YangMills Squared
Mia Hughes Imperial College London

Gravity as the square of gauge theory
Leron Borsten Imperial College London