Week 10.11.2018 – 18.11.2018

Wednesday

Logarithmic terms in entanglement entropy: black holes, anomalies and boundaries

Regular Seminar Sergey Solodukhin (University of Tours)

at:
13:15 KCL
room S2.49
abstract:

In my talk I will give a review on the logarithmic terms that appear in the entanglement entropy, their relation to conformal anomaly and the geometry of the entangling surfaces. I will discuss how the presence of boundaries may effect these terms.

Type-B Formal Higher Spin Gravity

Regular Seminar Maxim Grigoriev (Lebedev Institute of Physics)

at:
14:00 IC
room H503
abstract:

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.

A nAttractor mechanism for AdS(2) quantum gravity.

Regular Seminar Finn Larsen (University of Michigan)

at:
14:30 KCL
room S2.49
abstract:

We study the nearly AdS(2) geometry of nearly extremal black holes in N = 2 supergravity in four dimensions. In the strictly extreme limit the attractor mechanism for asymptotically flat black holes states that the horizon geometries of these black holes are independent of scalar moduli. We determine the dependence of the near extreme geometry on asymptotic moduli and express the result in simple formulae that generalize the extremal attractor mechanism to nearly extreme black holes. This is a nAttractor mechanism. We discuss the dependence of the near horizon theory on the scales introduced by generic attractor flows.

Thursday

Free Field Realizations from the Higgs Branch

Regular Seminar Carlo Meneghelli (Oxford)

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

To any four-dimensional N=2 super-conformal field theory (SCFT) one can canonically associate a two-dimensional vertex operator algebra (VOA). This provides a powerful framework for the analysis of SCFTs and leads to surprising predictions for a large new class of VOAs. In this talk I will present remarkable free field realizations of the relevant VOAs which mirror the effective field theory description of the corresponding four dimensional theory on the Higgs branch of its moduli space of vacua.