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Imperial College has its own detailed information on general directions and on getting to the theoretical physics group. The College is located on Prince Consort Road, south of Hyde Park (map). The most convenient access is via tube (South Kensington, Gloucester Road) or buses. The Theoretical Physics group resides on the 5th floor of the Huxley Building. The group also possesses its own description.

Seminars at Imperial College

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06.02.2020 (Thursday)

Towards Structure Constants in N=4 SYM via Quantum Spectral Curve

Regular Seminar Fedor Levkovich-Maslyuk (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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The Quantum Spectral Curve (QSC) is a powerful integrability-based framework capturing the exact spectrum of planar N=4 SYM. We present first evidence that it should also play an important role for computing exact correlation functions. We compute the correlator of 3 scalar local operators connected by Wilson lines forming a triangle in the ladders limit, and show that it massively simplifies when written in terms of the QSC. The final all-loop result takes a very compact form, suggesting its interpretation via Sklyanin's separation of variables (SoV). We discuss work in progress on extending these results to local operators. We also derive, for the first time, the SoV scalar product measure for gl(N) compact and noncompact spin chains. Based on arXiv:1910.13442, 1907.03788, 1802.0423.

04.02.2020 (Tuesday)

CFTs at Large Charge

Regular Seminar Susanne Reffert (University of Bern)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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The large-charge approach consists in studying conformal field theories in sectors of fixed and large global charge. This allows performing a perturbative expansion of a generically strongly-coupled theory with the inverse charge acting as a controlling parameter. In this talk, I will present the basic idea of the large-charge expansion using the simplest example of the 3D O(2) model at the Wilson-Fisher fixed point, as well as its application to other models.

30.01.2020 (Thursday)

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Regular Seminar Konstantinos Sfetsos (University of Athens)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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28.01.2020 (Tuesday)

Table-top Testing of the Non-Classicality of Gravity: A Proposal and its Assumptions, Implications and Practicalities

Regular Seminar Sougato Bose (University College London)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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A lack of empirical evidence has lead to a debate on whether gravity is a quantum entity. Motivated by this, I will present a feasible idea for such a test based on the principle that two objects cannot be entangled without a quantum mediator. I will show that despite the weakness of gravity, the phase evolution induced by the gravitational interaction of two micron size test masses in adjacent matter-wave interferometers can detectably entangle them even when they are placed far apart enough to keep Casimir-Polder forces at bay. A prescription for witnessing this entanglement, which certifies gravity as a quantum coherent mediator, is also provided and can be measured through simple spin correlations. Further, I clarify the assumptions underpinning the above proposal such as our reasonable definition of "classicality", as well as the crucial aspect of the locality of physical interactions. The role of off-shell processes is also highlighted. How the experiment sits within relativistic quantum field theory is clarified. Lastly, the practical challenges are noted. Time permitting other applications of superpositions of nano-crystals, such as in sensing classical gravity and how to detect nonclassicalities of such crystals without preparing superpositions at first, will be discussed.

22.01.2020 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Sergey Frolov (Trinity College Dublin)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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21.01.2020 (Tuesday)

A proposal for the CFT dual for superstrings on ADS3 at the string radius

Regular Seminar Massimo Porrati (New York University)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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After a review of the spectrum of superstrings on the AdS3 WZW background, I will use a conjecture positing the existence of a phase transition, when the AdS radius becomes of order of the string length, to propose a holographic dual CFT that matches exactly the entire continuous spectrum of the superstring. I will conclude with a few observations on the role of interactions amd discrete, short-string states.

15.01.2020 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Hynek Paul (Southampton)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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14.01.2020 (Tuesday)

Moduli spaces of BPS Wilson loops in 3d and quiver varieties

Regular Seminar Nadav Drukker (King's College London)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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In this talk I will reexamine the classification of BPS Wilson loops in 3d super Chern-Simons-matter theories. Over the last several years a large class of increasingly intricate constructions of such operators have been found. They involve both discrete and continuous parameters chosen to satisfy varied conditions. In my talk I will explain that the discrete parameters are related to choosing a graded quiver diagram, which may be a subquiver or a cover of the one defining the theory. The continuous parameters are then a singular limit of the variety, a complex manifold, associated to that quiver.

11.12.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Fiona Seibold (Zurich ETH)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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04.12.2019 (Wednesday)

The chaos bound in CFT_2 and higher spin holography

Triangular Seminar Prem Kumar (Swansea)

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16:00 IC
room Huxley LT308
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I will describe thermodynamics and calculation of real time correlators in CFTs with extended W-symmetries, dual to AdS_3 gravity with a finite number of higher spin fields. I will point out mechanisms, including the appearance of a novel effective temperature, by which the proposed chaos bound due to Maldacena-Shenker-Stanford is violated in these theories.

04.12.2019 (Wednesday)

Some physics behind supertranslations and superrotations

Triangular Seminar Geoffrey Compere (U Brussels)

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17:30 IC
room Huxley LT308
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I will first provide a bird-eye view upon the infrared structure of gravity. I will shortly describe the relationship between BMS symmetry, soft theorems and memory effects at leading and subleading orders in the large radius expansion, while emphasizing the specificities of super-Lorentz symmetries. Secondly, I will present a no-go result on the soft hair conjecture: supertranslations induced by matter creating and falling inside black holes do not affect Hawking radiation, though they do affect scattering amplitudes. I will start by proving that Unruh radiation is unaffected by supertranslations induced by a shockwave and then show that Hawking radiation is mathematically related to this system, as a consequence of the principle of equivalence. Third, I will explain how BMS symmetry is associated to flux-balance laws that provide constraints upon the motion of binary compact mergers. Finally, I will present the extension of the BMS group to asymptotically de Sitter spacetimes.

03.12.2019 (Tuesday)

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Regular Seminar Andrei Parnachev ()

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13:30 IC
room H503
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27.11.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Schlomo Razamat (Technion)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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26.11.2019 (Tuesday)

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Regular Seminar Congkao Wen ()

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13:30 IC
room H503
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20.11.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Chiara Toldo (Ecole Polytechnique)

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13:00 IC
room H503
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19.11.2019 (Tuesday)

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Regular Seminar Lorenzo Bianchi ()

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13:30 IC
room H503
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13.11.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Masanori Hanada (Southampton)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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12.11.2019 (Tuesday)

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Regular Seminar Paul Townsend (Cambridge)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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06.11.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Andrade Tomas (Barcelona)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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30.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Duality walls and 3d S-fold SCFTs

Regular Seminar Noppadol Mekareeya (INFN Milan Bicocca and Chulalongkorn U)

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13:00 IC
room H503
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A local SL(2,Z) transformation on the Type IIB brane configuration gives rise to an interesting class of 3d superconformal field theories, known as the S-fold SCFTs. One of the interesting features of such a theory is that, in general, it does not admit a conventional Lagrangian description. Nevertheless, it can be described by a quiver diagram with a link being a superconformal field theory, known as the T(U(N)) theory. In this talk, we discuss various properties of the S-fold theories, including their supersymmetric indices, supersymmetry enhancement in the infrared, as well as several interesting dualities.