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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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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)

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Triangular Seminar Prem Kumar (Swansea)

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15:00 IC
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04.12.2019 (Wednesday)

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Triangular Seminar Geoffrey Compere (U Brussels)

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16:30 IC
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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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20.11.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Chiara Toldo (Ecole Polytechnique)

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14:00 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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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)

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

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14:00 IC
room H503
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23.10.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Fischbacher Thomas (Google Research)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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16.10.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Davide Cassani (INFN Padua)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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09.10.2019 (Wednesday)

TTbar and TsT

Regular Seminar Stijn van Tongeren (Humboldt U)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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The TTbar deformation of two dimensional QFTs has various attractive and interesting features, giving a simple CDD deformation of the S matrix, and for instance preserving integrability, if present. As a simple example, deforming massless free scalars gives a Nambu-Goto string in flat space in a uniform light-cone gauge. I will discuss what happens if we deform "twice", i.e. TTbar deform light-cone gauge fixed string sigma models. In this setting, TTbar deformations can be viewed as TsT transformations in a suitable T dual frame. This TsT picture also gives a natural interpretation of the TTbar CDD factor as a Drinfeld-Reshetikhin twist.

02.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Localization of 4d N=1 theories on D2 x T2

Regular Seminar Antonio Pittelli (Uppsala)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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We consider 4d N=1 gauge theories with R-symmetry on a hemisphere times a torus. We apply localization techniques to evaluate the exact partition function through a cohomological reformulation of the supersymmetry transformations. Our results represent the natural elliptic lifts of the lower dimensional analogs as well as a field theoretic derivation of the conjectured 4d holomorphic blocks, from which partition functions of compact spaces with diverse topology can be recovered through gluing. We also analyze the different boundary conditions which can naturally be imposed on the chiral multiplets, which turn out to be either Dirichlet or Robin-like. We show that different boundary conditions are related to each other by coupling the bulk to 3d N=1 degrees of freedom on the boundary three-torus, for which we derive explicit 1-loop determinants.

26.06.2019 (Wednesday)

The entropy of bulk quantum fields and the entanglement wedge of an evaporating black hole

Regular Seminar Henry Maxfield (UCSB)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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Semiclassical gravity is famously in tension with the unitary evolution of quantum mechanics when black holes evaporate. I'll describe a semiclassical calculation that nonetheless reproduces signatures of unitarity, namely the "Page curve" of entropy and the Hayden-Preskill protocol. This involves finding a quantum extremal surface, an extremum of the generalised entropy (the area in Planck units plus the entropy of exterior matter), which in the context of an evaporating black hole can exist far from a classical extremal surface. The calculations are performed in an exactly solvable model of Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity coupled to conformal matter. I will conclude by commenting and speculating on the implications for the information paradox.

12.06.2019 (Wednesday)

Euclidean Wormholes and Holography

Regular Seminar Panos Betzios (Crete)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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In this talk I will discuss asymptotically AdS wormhole solutions in the context of holography. I will present how to compute correlation functions of local operators as well as non local observables such as correlation functions of Wilson loops on the distinct boundaries and I will discuss their behavior. Moreover, I will discuss the effect that multi-trace deformations have on such observables. From the computations mentioned we observe that the dual theory is expected to be described in terms of two interacting sectors coupled by a UV soft, non-local interaction. Finally, I will present a simple effective field theory construction that can explain the behaviors that we observe from these gravitational computations.

05.06.2019 (Wednesday)

Black holes in N=4 Super-Yang-Mills

Regular Seminar Francesco Benini (SISSA)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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AdS/CFT provides a consistent non-perturbative definition of quantum gravity in asymptotically AdS space. Black holes should correspond to ensembles of states in the boundary field theory. By analyzing the superconformal index of 4d N=4 SU(N) Super-Yang-Mills, with the help of a new Bethe Ansatz type formula, we are able to exactly reproduce the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of BPS black holes in AdS5 x S5. The large N limit exhibits many competing contributions and Stokes phenomena, hinting at new physics.

04.06.2019 (Tuesday)

Bimetric theory of fractional quantum Hall states

Regular Seminar Andrey Gromov (Brown)

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13:30 IC
room H503
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Fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states are topologically ordered. Additionally, FQH states support a collective neutral excitation known as the Girvin-MacDonald-Platzman (GMP) mode. Certain features of this mode are independent of the microscopic details. The objective of the talk is to construct an effective theory includes both topological properties and the massive GMP mode. The theory reproduces the universal properties of chiral lowest Landau level (LLL) FQH states which lie beyond the TQFT data, such as the projected static structure factor and the GMP algebra of area-preserving diffeomorphisms. The dynamics of the mode is described by a fluctuating rank-2 symmetric, positive-definite tensor, which leads to a natural geometric (or gravitational) interpretation of the GMP mode.

29.05.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Chris Blair (VUB)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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22.05.2019 (Wednesday)

Little Strings, Long Strings, and Fuzzballs

Regular Seminar Emil Martinec (Chicago)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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The microstate structure of AdS3 black holes involves stringy ingredients, yet quantitative control over these ingredients in a regime where the state being described approximates a black hole has been elusive. This talk will show how 2d worldsheet current algebra provides a tool to describe the stringy objects that govern the black hole phase transition in AdS3 and linear dilaton backgrounds, providing a bridge between the entropy-carrying degrees of freedom of the dual non-gravitational theory (little strings or long strings) and their conjectured gravitational dual, the fuzzball.

15.05.2019 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Vasileios Niarchos (Durham)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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08.05.2019 (Wednesday)

Duality invariant cosmology to all orders in alpha prime

Regular Seminar Olaf Hohm (Humboldt, Berlin)

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14:00 IC
room H503
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I discuss the higher-derivative \alpha' corrections in the reduction to one dimension (cosmic time) that is relevant for the dynamics of cosmological backgrounds. In this setting string theory is known to be duality invariant under O(d,d), which makes it possible to completely classify all \alpha' corrections. I discuss some generic features of the \alpha' completed Friedmann equations and show that there are duality invariant theories that allow for de Sitter solutions that are non-perturbative in \alpha', suggesting that string theory may permit de Sitter vacua in this novel fashion.