This week

Monday

All-point correlation functions in SYK

Exceptional Seminar Vladimir Rosenhaus (KITP)

at:
14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

We discuss the computation of all-point correlation functions in the SYK model, at leading order in 1/N. The result has remarkable simplicity and structure. The result is general, holding for any theory in which one forms higher-point correlators by gluing together four-point functions; for instance, large N vector models and tensor models. It implies specific singularity structure of analytically extended OPE coefficients. In particular, the analytically extended OPE coefficients of the single-trace operators encode the OPE coefficients of the double-trace operators

Tuesday

A review of Double and Exceptional Field Theory

Regular Seminar David Berman (QMUL)

at:
15:00 City U.
room C312
abstract:

Recently a new formulation for supergravity has emerged inspired by the presence of duality symmetries in reduced theories. These new theories generalise ideas of Riemannian geometry and lead to new ways of looking at string and M-theory.

Wednesday

Polygon Seminar

Triangular Seminar Kostas Skenderis and Andrei Starinets (Southampton, Oxford)

at:
15:00 IC
room Blackett LT2
abstract:

Kostas Skenderis: Title: "Towards a general AdS/Ricci-flat correspondence" Abstract: The AdS/Ricci-flat (AdS/RF) correspondence is a map between families of asymptotically locally AdS solutions on a torus and families of asymptotically flat spacetimes on a sphere. In this talk I will discuss how to relax these restrictions for linearized perturbations around solutions connected via the original AdS/RF correspondence. This correspondence should allow us to develop a detailed holographic dictionary for asymptotically flat spacetimes. Andrei Starinets: TBA

Conformal Fishnet Theory

Regular Seminar Vladimir Kazakov (ENS Paris)

at:
13:15 KCL
room K4.31
abstract:

I will discuss the properties of a family of four-dimensional CFTs, recently proposed by O.Gurdogan and myself, emerging as a double scaling limit of weakly coupled and strongly gamma-twisted N=4 SYM theory. These non-unitary CFTs inherit the integrability of N=4 SYM in the planar limit and present a unique opportunity of a non-perturbative study of four-dimensional conformal physics. Important physical quantities are dominated by a limited subset of Feynman graphs (such as "fishnet" graphs for the simplest, bi-scalar model). I present the results of exact calculation of some of these quantities, such as anomalous dimensions of local operators, some 3- and 4point correlation functions and scattering amplitudes, by means of spin chain techniques or the quantum spectral curve (QSC) approach originally proposed for N=4 SYM.

Thursday

Knot Invariants and M theory

Regular Seminar Radu Tatar (Liverpool U.)

at:
14:00 QMW
room G O Jones 610
abstract:

Brane construction with certain boundary conditions are used to study knot invariants and Khovanov homology. We argue that seven-dimensional manifolds in M-theory give rise to the topological theories may appear from certain twisting of the G-flux action. We discuss explicit constructions of the seven-dimensional manifolds in M-theory, and show that both the localization equations and surface operators appear naturally from the Hamiltonian formalism of the theories. Knots and link invariants are then constructed using M2-brane states in both the models.

Friday

All-point correlation functions in SYK

Exceptional Seminar Vladimir Rosenhaus (University of California)

at:
12:00 KCL
room S3.31
abstract:

The SYK model, and more generally, tensor models, are a new class of large N quantum field theories. We discuss the computation of all-point correlation functions in the SYK model, at leading order in 1/N. The result has remarkable simplicity and structure. The result is general, holding for any theory in which one forms higher-point correlators by gluing together four-point functions; for instance, large N vector models and tensor models. It implies specific singularity structure of analytically extended OPE coefficients. In particular, the analytically extended OPE coefficients of the single-trace operators encode the OPE coefficients of the double-trace operators.