Quantum Fields and Strings

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

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Wednesday Apr 13, 2016
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I will discuss a natural basis of CFT operators for probing dual gravitational physics in a diffeomorphism-invariant manner. On the CFT side, these operators are already well-known: they are 'OPE Blocks' that contribute to the Operator Product Expansion with fixed Casimir. On the gravity side, I will show that these OPE blocks are dual to diff-invariant geodesic or surface operators.

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Tuesday Apr 12, 2016
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Tuesday Apr 05, 2016
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Thursday Mar 24, 2016
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In this talk, I will investigate the structure of certain protected operator algebras that arise in threedimensional N = 4 superconformal field theories. I will show that these algebras can be understood as a quantization of (either of) the half-BPS chiral ring(s). An important feature of this quantization is that it has a preferred basis in which the structure constants of the quantum algebra are equal to the OPE coefficients of the underlying superconformal theory.

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Tuesday Mar 15, 2016
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I will discuss recent work on big crunch singularities produced in asymptotic AdS cosmologies using gauge/gravity duality. The dual description consists of a constant mass deformation of ABJM theory on de Sitter space and is well-defined and stable for small deformations.

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Friday Mar 04, 2016
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In the context of class S theories and 4D/2D duality relations there, we discuss the skein

relations of general topological defects on the 2D side which is expected to be counterparts

of composite surface-line operators in 4D class S theory. Such defects are geometrically

interpreted as networks in a three dimensional space. We also propose a conjectural com-

putational procedure for such defects in two dimensional SU(N) topological q-deformed

Yang-Mills theory by interpreting it as a statistical mechanical system associated with

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Tuesday Mar 01, 2016
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We study two-dimensional (4, 4) superconformal field theories of central charge c = 6, corresponding to nonlinear sigma models on K3 surfaces, using the superconformal bootstrap method. This is made possible through a surprising relation between the BPS N = 4 superconformal blocks of c = 6 and bosonic Virasoro conformal blocks of c = 28, and an exact result on the moduli dependence of a certain integrated BPS 4-point function.

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