Quantum Fields and Strings

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Fields and Strings.

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Feb 27 2018 - 2:30pm
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Mar 6 2018 - 2:30pm
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Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
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I derive a universal upper bound on the capacity of any communication channel between two distant systems. The Holevo quantity, and hence the mutual information, is at most of order EΔt/ℏ, where E the average energy of the signal, and Δt is the amount of time for which detectors operate. The bound does not depend on the size or mass of the emitting and receiving systems, nor on the nature of the signal. No restrictions on preparing and processing the signal are imposed.

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Tuesday Feb 20, 2018
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We study the conjectured holographic duality between entanglement of purification and the entanglement wedge cross-section. We generalize both quantities and prove several information theoretic inequalities involving them. These include upper bounds on conditional mutual information and tripartite information, as well as a lower bound for tripartite information. These inequalities are proven both holographically and for general quantum states.

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Tuesday Feb 13, 2018
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All physical constraints of the conformal bootstrap in principle arise by applying linear functionals to the conformal bootstrap equation. An important goal of the bootstrap program is to identify a suitable basis for the space of functionals -- one that would allow us to solve crossing analytically. In my talk, I will describe two particularly convenient choices of the basis for the 1D conformal bootstrap. The two bases manifest the crossing symmetry of the four-point function of a generalized free boson and generalized free fermion respectively.

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Friday Feb 09, 2018
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We consider planar hairy black holes in five dimensions with a real scalar field in the Breitenlohner-Freedman window and show that is possible to derive a universal formula for the holographic speed of sound for any mixed boundary conditions of the scalar field. As an example, we locally construct the most general class of planar black holes coupled to a single scalar field in the consistent truncation of type IIB supergravity that preserves the SO(3)xSO(3) R-symmetry group of the gauge theory.

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Thursday Feb 08, 2018
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I will discuss constraints on the S-matrix of gapped, Lorentz invariant quantum field theories due to crossing symmetry, analyticity and unitarity.  In particular I will bound cubic couplings, quartic couplings and scattering lengths relevant for the elastic scattering amplitude of two identical scalar particles. After a warm-up in 1+1 dimensions I will move to 3+1 dimensions.  In the cases where the results can be compared with results in the older S-matrix literature they are in excellent agreement.

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Tuesday Feb 06, 2018
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We derive constraints on the operator product expansion of two stress tensors in conformal field theories (CFTs). In large N CFTs with a large gap to single-trace higher spin operators, we show that the coupling of two stress tensors to other single-trace operators ("TTO") is suppressed by powers of the higher spin gap, dual to the mass scale of higher spin particles in AdS. The absence of light higher spin particles is thus a necessary condition for the existence of a consistent truncation to general relativity in AdS.

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Tuesday Dec 12, 2017
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Many researchers have been studying the time evolution of entanglement entropy in the sudden quenches where a characteristic mass scale suddenly changes. It is well-know that in these quenches, the change of entanglement entropy become thermal entropy which is proportional to a subsystem size in the late time. However, we do not know which quenches thermalize a subsystem. In our works, we have been studied the time evolution of quantum entanglement in the global quenches with finite quench rate (smooth quenches).

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Tuesday Nov 28, 2017
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Gravitational shockwaves may signal the breakdown of effective field theory near black hole horizons. Motivated by this, I will revisit the Dray-‘t Hooft solution and explain how to generalize it to the Kerr-Newman background. In doing so I will emphasize the method of spin coefficients (the Newman-Penrose formalism) in its compacted form (the Geroch-Held-Penrose formalism).

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Tuesday Nov 21, 2017
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In this talk I prove that the standard notion of entanglement is not defined for gravitationally anomalous two-dimensional theories because they do not admit a local tensor factorization of the Hilbert space into local Hilbert spaces. I make this precise by combining two observations:



First, a two-dimensional CFT admits a consistent quantization on a space with boundary only if it is not anomalous.



Second, a local tensor factorization always leads to a definition of consistent, unitary, energy-preserving boundary condition.

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