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Koji Hashimoto | Osaka univ. | Japan

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APCTP, Korea.

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It was rather cold at Pohang, compared to the standard average temperature in summer seasons in Japan and Korea. “Cold” means “confortable temperature” for most of Japanese and Korean people, since typically in summer it is very hot and humid. The temperature at Pohang in Korea took non-typical values during the APCTP focus workshop on AdS/CFT and its application to QCD, for which I work as an organizer.

Thanks to the lecturers, the workshop is, I would say, successful. At least for me, it was very fruitful. Through discussions with many participants of the workshop, I gain much insights and also precious information relevant for my on-going work, a realization of color-flavor locking in holographic QCD. It was in fact precious momnet that I could share with my friends in Korea and Japan and in other countries. The workshop is the place to learn new things, of course, but in addition to that, I enjoyed really much the discussions with my friends.

I have never been to Pohang where the APCTP, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Phyics, headquarter is located. It resides in a floor of a building in Postech, a new university. With their new offices which are beautiful, researchers, in particular young researchers, actively study theoretical physics. I was indeed surprised by the newly renovated part of the offices of the APCTP. Owing much to the secretaries, the workshop ran without any problem, it was amazingly smooth, I felt. This place, with this kind of workshop, is definitely the one which I like to visit again.

This time, I caught a cold right after I arrived at Pohang. Good health is very important praticularly when you are in foreign countiries. I took a rest for half a day, which was eventually sufficient for me to recover completely. Well, sometimes it is important to go slowly, in particular when you are in rush….. Icouldn’t do any calculation during the workshop, but the workshop is not the place to do calculations. Rather than that, discussions are important. In the coming week, I plan to write down equations for the ideas I came up with in the workshop. I thank all of my friends who shared time for the discussions.

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