Directions

This institute may be found at Strand in Central London, just north of the Thames (map).

Getting to the Strand Campus:

  • By underground

Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk. Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk, Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk, Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines): 12 minute walk, Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 12 minute walk,Chancery Lane (Central line): use exit 4 - 15 minute walk.

  • By train

Charing Cross: 9 minute walk. Waterloo: 12 minute walk. Waterloo East: 10 minute walk. Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.

  • By bus

Buses stopping outside the College: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, X68, 168, 171, 172, 176(24 hour), 188, 243 (24 hour), 341 (24 hour), 521, RV1.

For more information about public transportations in London, please visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk.

Seminars at King's College London

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25.03.2020 (Wednesday)

TBA

Regular Seminar Agnese Bissi (Uppsala University)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
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11.03.2020 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Kiril Hristov (INRNE, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

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19.02.2020 (Wednesday)

Polygon Seminar KCL

Polygon Seminar Mahdi Godazgar (QMUL)

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16:00 KCL
room STRAND S -1.27
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12.02.2020 (Wednesday)

TBA

Regular Seminar Paolo Benincasa (NBI)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

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29.01.2020 (Wednesday)

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Regular Seminar Lucia Cordova (ENS)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
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22.01.2020 (Wednesday)

Five-Point Functions in N=4 SYM

Regular Seminar Thiago Fleury (International Institute of Physics UFRN)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

The correlation functions (three and higher point) in N=4 SYM can be computed using integrability techniques. One formalism is called hexagonalization and its main object is an integrable form-factor with hexagonal shape. It was successfully used to compute a specific all loop four-point function for the first time. However, it seems that new developments are needed to understand the five-point function and other kinds of finite size corrections. In this talk, after a long review of the hexagonalization procedure, I will explain the five-point calculation at weak coupling and its difficulties.

20.01.2020 (Monday)

Emergent diffusion and super-diffusion in quantum and classical chains.

Exceptional Seminar Jacopo de Nardis (University of Ghent)

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13:00 KCL
room S5.20
abstract:

Finding a theoretical framework to explain how phenomenological transport laws on macroscopic scales emerge from microscopic deterministic dynamics poses one of the most significant challenges of condensed matter physics. In recent years, the advent of the generalized hydrodynamics in integrable quantum systems and more recent studies of quantum chaos and its relation to transport, reinvigorated the field of nonequilibrium physics in spin chains. Numerous results were found: lower bounds to diffusion constants, exact expressions for diffusion coefficients and remarkable anomalous features of transport in quantum and classical chains, deeply related to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang dynamical universality class. I will present an overview of such results with a particular focus on anomalous transport and its relation to non-linear hydrodynamics.

08.01.2020 (Wednesday)

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Exceptional Seminar Eliezer Rabinovici (HUJ)

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13:15 KCL
room K6.63
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12.12.2019 (Thursday)

Thermodynamics of the XXZ spin-1/2 chain

Exceptional Seminar Salvish Goomanee (ENS Lyon)

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11:00 KCL
room K4.31
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In this talk I will present the novel developments pertaining the the thermodynamics of the XXZ spin-1/2 chain. I will describe the analysis allowing one to prove several features related to the behaviour of the Heisenberg-Ising (or XXZ) spin-1/2 chain at finite temperature. It has been argued in the literature that the per-site free energy or the correlation length admit integral representations whose integrands are expressed in terms of solutions of non-linear integral equations. The derivations of such representations rested on various unproven conjectures such as the existence of a real, non-degenerate, maximal in modulus Eigenvalue of the quantum transfer matrix, the existence and uniqueness of the solutions to the auxiliary non-linear integral equations in the infinite Trotter limit. I will show how these conjectures can be proven in a rigorous setting for temperatures high enough. The result of these analyses allowed one to observe that a subset of sub-dominant Eigenvalues of the quantum transfer matrix admits a large temperature asymptotic expansion.

11.12.2019 (Wednesday)

Asymptotic charges in gravity

Regular Seminar Hadi Godazgar (AEI)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

I will review asymptotic charges in electromagnetism and explain why they are physical. Then I will review BMS charges in asymptotically flat spacetimes and show that there are in fact magnetic analogues of BMS charges that had been overlooked in the literature. I will comment on the implications of these newly found charges.

27.11.2019 (Wednesday)

Modularity of 3-manifold invariants

Regular Seminar Francesca Ferrari (SISSA)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

Since the 1980s, the study of invariants of 3-dimensional manifolds has benefited from the connections between topology, physics and number theory. Recently, a new topological invariant has been discovered: the homological block (also known as the half-index of certain 3d N=2 theories). When the 3-manifold is a Seifert manifold given by a negative-definite plumbing the homological block turned out to be related to false theta functions and characters of logarithmic VOA's. In this talk I describe the role of quantum modular forms, false and mock theta functions in the study of the topology of 3-manifolds. The talk is based on the article 1809.10148 and work in progress with Cheng, Chun, Feigin, Gukov, and Harrison.

26.11.2019 (Tuesday)

Reflections and sum-rules for CFTs and modular forms

Exceptional Seminar David McGady (NORDITA)

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13:30 KCL
room K-1.56
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In this talk, we discuss conformal field theories in two dimensions (2d CFTs) and aspects of the theory of modular forms. Physical considerations lead us to study two extensions to the theory of modular forms: modular forms for GL2(Z) that are defined on the double half-plane (in distinction to SL2(Z) modular forms defined on the upper half-plane), and L-functions for modular forms with poles *within* the fundamental domain. We introduce both concepts, and discuss their consistency, both with each other and with the physical considerations which led to them. Finally, we note that very similar physical considerations may apply to finite-temperature path integrals for generic QFTs in higher dimensions, and comment on possible consequences of this.

13.11.2019 (Wednesday)

Celestial primaries, soft limits and memory effects

Regular Seminar Andrea Puhm (CPHT, CNRS, Ecole polytechnique)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

Novel insights into quantum gravity in asymptotically flat spacetimes evolving around soft theorems in scattering amplitudes, memory effects and asymptotic symmetries hint at an underlying holographic structure of Minkowski spacetime: information about 4D quantum gravity might be encoded in a 2D CFT on the celestial sphere at the conformal boundary of Minkowski spacetime. I will discuss recent progress on this attempted formulation of a flat space holography focusing on the 4D S-matrix which takes the form of a 2D correlator on the celestial sphere in a conformal basis. I will discuss how celestial conformal symmetry is generated by "conformally soft" gravitons and how insertions of the BMS supertranslation current in a correlator gives rise to the celestial analogue of Weinberg's soft graviton theorem.

06.11.2019 (Wednesday)

Soliton and breather gas in the focusing nonlinear Schrodinger equation

Regular Seminar Guennady El (Northumbria University)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

Solitons and breathers are localized solutions of integrable systems that can be viewed as "particles'' of complex statistical objects called soliton and breather gases. In view of the growing evidence of their ubiquity in fluids and nonlinear optical media these ``integrable'' gases present fundamental interest for nonlinear physics. We develop nonlinear spectral theory of breather and soliton gases by considering a special, thermodynamic type limit of the nonlinear dispersion relations for multi-phase (finite-gap) solutions of the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger (fNLS) equation. A number of concrete examples of breather and soliton gases are considered, demonstrating efficacy of the developed general theory and also having some interesting implications. In particular, the statistical properties of a special kind of soliton gas, that we term the bound state soliton condensate, reveal a remarkable connection with the nonlinear stage of modulational instability. This is joint work with Alex Tovbis (Central Florida).

30.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Triangular Seminar at KCL: Event shapes and the light-ray OPE in CFTs

Triangular Seminar Alexander Zhiboedov (CERN)

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15:00 KCL
room K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre
abstract:

I will review recent progress in our understanding of light-ray operators in abstract CFTs. Light-ray operators first appeared in QCD and were later studied in N=4 Super Yang-Mills theory and holography by Hofman and Maldacena. More recently, they attracted new interest due to an important role played by the averaged null energy condition (ANEC) operator in various contexts. However, it is only during the last few years it became possible to start developing a more general theory of light-ray operators. I will explain a nonperturbative, convergent operator product expansion (OPE) for null-integrated operators on the same null plane in a CFT. I will discuss its application to energy-energy correlators in N=4 Super Yang-Mills theory.

30.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Triangular Seminar at KCL: From generalized global symmetries to pulsar magnetospheres

Triangular Seminar Nabil Iqbal (Durham University)

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16:30 KCL
room K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre
abstract:

Certain quantum field theories possess generalized global symmetries; just as ordinary global symmetries enforce the conversation of particle number, generalized global symmetries enforce the conservation of extended objects, such as strings. I will review this symmetry principle and argue that it governs the long-distance physics of conventional 4d electromagnetism, where the strings in question are magnetic field lines. I will then apply it to construct a novel effective theory for the description of strongly magnetized plasmas. One potential application of this new effective theory is to astrophysical pulsars, which are thought to be surrounded by strong magnetic fields as well as a high density of charged particles; the resulting zero temperature system is highly nonlinear. At leading order in derivatives our new effective theory agrees with the standard treatment in terms of ``force-free electrodynamics''. The inclusion of higher derivative terms however generically results in new and potentially observationally relevant effects, such as electric fields that accelerate charges to high energies along magnetic field lines. If time permits I will describe some recent work towards describing such energetic charges in terms of bosonization along magnetic field lines.

23.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Differential equations for one-loop string integrals

Regular Seminar Oliver Schlotterer (Uppsala)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

In this talk, I will describe new mathematical structures in the low-energy expansion of one-loop string amplitudes. The insertion of external states on the open- and closed-string worldsheets requires integration over punctures on a cylinder boundary and a torus, respectively. Suitable bases of such integrals will be shown to obey simple first-order differential equations in the modular parameter of the surface. These differential equations will be exploited to perform the integrals order by order in the inverse string tension, similar to modern strategies for dimensionally regulated Feynman integrals. Our method manifests the appearance of iterated integrals over holomorphic Eisenstein series in the low-energy expansion. Moreover, infinite families of Laplace equations can be generated for the modular forms in closed-string low-energy expansions.

09.10.2019 (Wednesday)

't Hooft Anomalies and Holomorphy of Supersymmetric Partition Functions

Regular Seminar Heeyeon Kim (Oxford)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

I discuss the dependence of supersymmetric partition functions on continuous parameters for the flavour symmetry group. In the presence of the 't Hooft anomalies, the supersymmetric Ward identities imply that the partition function computed in the Wess-Zumino gauge has a non-holomorphic dependence on the flavour parameters. I show this explicitly for a large class of 4d N=1 partition functions on half-BPS four manifolds. I propose a new expression for the partition functions on M3 x S1, which differs from earlier holomorphic results by a non-holomorphic Casimir pre-factor.

02.10.2019 (Wednesday)

Gauge Theory and Boundary Integrability

Regular Seminar Roland Bittleston (DAMTP)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

Costello, Witten, and Yamazaki have recently proposed a new description of quantum integrable systems using a variant of Chern-Simons theory defined on the product of a two dimensional real manifold and a Riemann surface. I'll review their work, and show how to extend it to describe integrable systems with boundary. In particular I'll discuss how it can be used to generate solutions of the boundary Yang-Baxter equation, and how to realise twisted Yangians in the theory. If there is enough time I will explore the result of applying this construction when the Riemann surface is chosen to be a torus.

25.09.2019 (Wednesday)

Anomaly inflow for M5-branes, geometric engineering, and holography

Regular Seminar Federico Bonetti (Johns Hopkins University)

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13:15 KCL
room S2.29
abstract:

A large class of 4d SCFTs can be engineered by wrapping a stack of M5-branes on a compact space, possibly with defects. ‘t Hooft anomalies are crucial observables for such theories, which often do not admit any known Lagrangian description. Building on the seminal work of Freed, Harvey, Minasian, Moore, we develop systematic tools for extracting the ‘t Hooft anomalies of a geometrically engineered 4d theory using anomaly inflow from the M-theory bulk. We exemplify our tools by studying a class of setups with M5-branes probing a C^2/Z_2 singularity. We argue that these setups define 4d SCFTs which are dual to a class of AdS_5 solutions­—first discussed by Gauntlett, Martelli, Sparks, Waldram—whose field theory interpretation has been a longstanding puzzle.