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Seminars at Imperial College

Found at least 20 result(s)

18.12.2018 (Tuesday)

TBA

Regular Seminar Tommi Tenkanen (QMUL)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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28.11.2018 (Wednesday)

Reconstructing AdS3/CFT2 correlators

Regular Seminar Rodolfo Russo (QMUL)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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The AdS/CFT duality maps supersymmetric heavy operators with conformal dimension of the order of the central charge to asymptotically AdS supergravity solutions. I'll show how, by studying the quadratic fluctuations around such backgrounds, it is possible to derive 4-point correlators of two light and two heavy states in the supergravity approximation. Then by using this input, I'll discuss how to reconstruct standard supergravity correlators between four (single particle) operators. I'll present some explicit examples in the AdS3 setup relevant for the duality with the D1-D5 CFT.

23.11.2018 (Friday)

Goldstone pairs at the Fermi surface

Exceptional Seminar Alberto Nicolis (Columbia)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

I will adapt the Goldstone theorem to spontaneously broken boosts, and show that, while still predicting gapless Goldstone states, it is quite forgiving regarding the nature of such states. In particular, I will show that while for solids and superfluids the role of the boost Goldstone states is played by phonon single-particle states, for a Fermi liquid such a role is played by the particle-hole continuum, that is, by two-particle states.

21.11.2018 (Wednesday)

Polygon Seminar: Hugh Osborn: Seeking fixed points

Triangular Seminar Hugh Osborn (DAMTP, Cambridge University)

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15:00 IC
room Blackett LT2
abstract:

Fixed points are crucial in understanding the RG flow of quantum field theories. The conformal bootstrap has proved a wonderful tool in determining the properties of CFTs at fixed points but tends to require guidance in terms of what symmetries to impose and what is the spectrum of relevant operators. Here I review what can be said in general by using the time honoured epsilon expansion. Although qualitatively this is not nowadays the most efficient method it provides qualitative information about possible fixed points. Finding fixed points which cannot be linked to the epsilon expansion could provide a clue to non Lagrangian theories.

21.11.2018 (Wednesday)

Polygon Seminar: Exploring generalised dualities and integrable deformations

Triangular Seminar Daniel C Thompson (Swansea)

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16:30 IC
room Blackett LT2
abstract:

Extensions of target space T-duality to non-Abelian isometry groups and even to spaces without isometry have found recent utility within the AdS/CFT correspondence and have played a central role in the development of new classes of integrable string backgrounds called $\eta$ and $\lambda$-models. After a pedagogical introduction to the topic I will outline some recent results concerning the open sector of $\lambda$-models and the interpretation of these theories within the formalism of double field theory.

14.11.2018 (Wednesday)

Type-B Formal Higher Spin Gravity

Regular Seminar Maxim Grigoriev (Lebedev Institute of Physics)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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We propose non-linear formally consistent equations of motion for the Type-B Higher Spin Gravity that is dual to the free fermion or to the Gross-Neveu model, depending on the boundary conditions. The equations are directly obtained from the first principles: the gauge invariance of the CFT partition function on an arbitrary background. We show that the system has a vacuum solution describing general higher-spin flat backgrounds and demonstrate that the respective linearized system describes propagation of higher-spin fields over such backgrounds, reproducing all the structures that are known to determine nonlinear higher-spin equations.

31.10.2018 (Wednesday)

Entanglement Content of Particle Excitations

Regular Seminar Olalla Castro Alvaredo (City University)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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n this talk I will review the results of recent work in collaboration with Cecilia De Fazio, Benjamin Doyon and István M. Szécsényi. We studied the entanglement of excited states consisting of a finite number of particle excitations. More precisely, we studied the difference between the entanglement entropy of such states and that of the ground state in a simple bi-partition of a quantum system, where both the size of the system and of the bi-partition are infinite, but their ratio is finite. We originally studied this problem in massive 1+1 dimensional QFTs where analytic computations were possible. We have found the results to apply more widely, including to higher dimensional free theories. In all cases we find that the increment of entanglement is a simple function of the ratio between region's and system's size only. Such function, turns out to be exactly the entanglement of a qubit state where the coefficients of the state are simply associated with the probabilities of particles being localised in one or the other part of the bi-partition. In this talk I will describe the results in some detail and discuss their domain of applicability. I will also highlight the main QFT techniques that we have used in order to obtain them analytically and present some numerical data.

10.10.2018 (Wednesday)

Topologically twisted indices and holography

Regular Seminar Alberto Zaffaroni (INFN, Milan Bicocca U.)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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Abstract: We define indices for topologically twisted supersymmetric theories from two to five dimensions. We apply them to the holographic study of AdS black holes, black strings and domain-walls across dimensions.

02.10.2018 (Tuesday)

Relating duality covariant approaches to higher derivatives in the heterotic string

Regular Seminar Diego Marques (Buenos Aires)

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13:30 IC
room H503
abstract:

There are two approaches to duality covariant first order alpha-prime corrections to the heterotic string. One is based on an extension of the duality structure, and the other relies on deformed gauge transformations. I will introduce an all order framework from which both approaches can be derived, proving their equivalence and extending them to higher orders.

26.09.2018 (Wednesday)

Amplitudes and hidden symmetries in supersymmetric Chern-Simons matter theories

Regular Seminar Karthik Inbasekar (Tel Aviv University)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

Chern-Simons theories coupled to fundamental matter have a wide variety of applications ranging from Quantum Hall effect to Quantum gravity via AdS/CFT. These theories enjoy a strong weak duality that has been tested to a very good accuracy via large N computations, such as thermal partition functions, and S matrices. Supersymmetric Chern-Simons theories are equally interesting since they have a self duality and relate to non-supersymmetric theories via RG flows. In the N=2,3 supersymmetric Chern-Simons matter theories, the four point amplitude computed to all orders in the 't Hooft coupling is not renormalised! It is a unique situation in a quantum field theory that the scattering amplitude doesn't receive loop corrections. This indicates the presence of powerful symmetry structures within the theory. This also suggests that higher point amplitudes may be easier to compute using four point amplitudes as building blocks. These higher point amplitudes not only serve as a testing tool for duality but also a probe into the symmetry structure of the theory. As a first step towards this goal, we begin by computing arbitrary n point tree level amplitudes in the N=2 theory via BCFW recursion relations. We then show that the four point tree level amplitude enjoys a dual superconformal symmetry. Since the all loop four point amplitude is tree level exact, it follows that the dual superconformal symmetry is exact to all loops. This is in contrast to highly supersymmetric examples such as N=4 SYM and N=6 ABJM, where the dual superconformal symmetry is in general anomalous. Furthermore, we show that the superconformal and dual superconformal symmetries generate an infinite dimensional Yangian symmetry for the four point amplitude. If these symmetries persist to higher point amplitudes, this suggests that the N=2 superconformal Chern-Simons matter theory may be integrable.

02.05.2018 (Wednesday)

Losing the IR: A New Framework for Holographic Area Laws

Regular Seminar Netta Engelhardt (Princeton)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

I will describe a new procedure for coarse-graining over the gravitational degrees of freedom inside a surface in the context of AdS/CFT. I will prove that in general dimensions, this coarse-graining gives an explanation of an infinite family of gravitational area laws. In three bulk dimensions, it is also straightforward to derive the precise dual of these area laws as strong subadditivity of the von Neuman entropy in the dual CFT. I will discuss a number of implications of this, which include an explanation for the geometric bulk phenomenon of extremal surface barriers

21.02.2018 (Wednesday)

Polygon Seminar

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

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15:00 IC
room Blackett LT2
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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

19.02.2018 (Monday)

All-point correlation functions in SYK

Exceptional Seminar Vladimir Rosenhaus (KITP)

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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

08.02.2018 (Thursday)

Holographic Effective Field Theories for Charge Density Wave States

Exceptional Seminar Daniele Musso (IGFAE)

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13:00 IC
room H503
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The spatially modulated self-organization of strongly-correlated electrons is central in describing the phenomenology of many condensed matter systems, such as the cuprates and the manganites. Holography can describe spontaneous formation of various kinds of density waves in a strongly-coupled media and provides toy-model effective field theories able to capture important phenomenological features, such as the low-temperature scaling of the conductivity. Appropriate UV completions of the holographic EFT can also describe the spontaneous generation of the spatial features themselves.

06.12.2017 (Wednesday)

Holographic Phonons

Regular Seminar Matteo Baggioli (University of Crete)

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13:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

We discuss the presence of phonons and the interplay between spontaneous and explicit breaking of translations in the context of holography. Using two different bottom-up models we show the existence of transverse and longitudinal phonons, whose properties are in perfect agreement with elastic theory and hydrodynamics. We focus our attention on the elastic and transport features of the dual QFT also in the presence of a small explicit breaking. We conclude speculating about the possibility of having gravitational duals for strongly coupled viscoelastic materials.

29.11.2017 (Wednesday)

RG flows in 3d N=4 gauge theories

Regular Seminar Benjamin Assel (CERN)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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I will present a new approach to study the RG flow in 3d N=4 gauge theories, based on an analysis of the Coulomb branch of vacua. The Coulomb branch is described as a complex algebraic variety and important information about the strongly coupled fixed points of the theory can be extracted from the study of its singularities. I will use this framework to study the fixed points of USp(2N) gauge theories with fundamental matter, revealing some surprising features at low amount of matter.

08.11.2017 (Wednesday)

RG Flows Across Dimensions and Holography

Regular Seminar Nikolay Bobev (KU Leuven)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

Superconformal field theories placed in nontrivial background fields for the metric and the continuous global symmetries exhibit a rich web of RG flows across dimensions. I will discuss several examples of such flows and emphasize some of their universal features. In addition, I will employ non-perturbative tools such as 't Hooft anomaly matching, a-, F-, and c-extremization, and holography to gain a quantitative understanding of some aspects of these theories. Finally, I will discuss the relevance of these results for a microscopic understanding of the entropy of supersymmetric black holes and strings in AdS.

01.11.2017 (Wednesday)

Triangle Seminar: The S-matrix bootstrap - old and new

Triangular Seminar Balt Van Rees ()

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15:00 IC
room LT2
abstract:

From a modern viewpoint the "S-matrix bootstrap" is the idea that general consistency conditions can be used to obtain quantitative constraints on scattering amplitudes. I will discuss the assumptions behind this approach, open questions about the structure of amplitudes, and discuss some fundamental results from the sixties and seventies. In the second part of the talk I will treat two modern approaches which were inspired by recent results on the conformal bootstrap, and show how they can be used to constrain scattering amplitudes in non-trivial ways.

25.10.2017 (Wednesday)

Current Algebra and CFTs at Null Infinity from Amplitudes

Regular Seminar Dhritiman Nandan (Edinburgh)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

We describe the leading and sub-leading multi-soft behavior of tree level gluon amplitudes and an underlying two-dimensional description of such scenarios where the soft limits are currents related to asymptotic symmetries of YM theory. Such kinematic limits allow us to explore the algebra of these two dimensional currents and we comment on their CFT interpretation. Then we explore a possible two-dimensional description of certain amplitudes in massive scalar QFT’s.

04.10.2017 (Wednesday)

TBA

Regular Seminar Nabil Iqbal (Durham)

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14:00 IC
room H503
abstract: