The IFT-Perimeter-SAIFR Journeys into Theoretical Physics is an international school organized jointly by the ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. It is a natural evolution of the Jornadas da Fisica Teorica school organized at the IFT for the past thirty years.

During the Journeys, four theoretical physics topics will be covered with two lecturers from IFT and two lecturers from Perimeter. Starting from the basics, the lecturers will also aim at presenting exciting contemporary research developments in each of the topics.

The school has five days of lectures from Monday to Friday followed by two written exams on Saturday.

Each of these exams will have four guided questions. One exam will be about the topics of the school; the other on undergraduate material. The goal of the exam day is twofold:

Firstly, there is the pedagogical component. Solving two long exams with guided questions is a great way to learn.

Secondly, based on the results of the exams a few students will be given the chance to be part of a new international joint master program between the IFT-SAIFR in Sao Paulo and the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada – see here – or of a new international joint masters program between the IFT-SAIFR in Sao Paulo and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy – more information soon.

Undergraduate material covered in the second Journeys exam (and some bibliography):
– Classical Mechanics (Goldstein, Landau,…)
– Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths, Cohen-Tannoudji, Merzbacher, Sakurai,…)
– Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics (Fermi, Hill, Reif,…)
– Electromagnetism (Purcells, Griffiths, Landau, Jackson,…)
– Special Relativity (d’Inverno,…)

All material, lecture videos and exams of previous editions will be posted on this website.

Practical info about visas, transportation, etc can be found in SAIFR’s website. For further questions please contact secretary@ictp-saifr.org.