String Seminars

This series consists of talks in the area of Superstring Theory.

Seminar Series Events/Videos

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Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

In this talk I investigate the
"firewall argument", that claims that black hole horizons can
not be smooth.

a holographic model of the black hole horizon as a quantum mechanical
membrane, I  show how 

recover the black hole interior as an emergent
smooth region of space-time. The reconstruction makes 

of the formalism of quantum error correcting codes. I explain
why the horizon of very old black holes 

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Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

A conformal defect is
a d-dimensional geometrical object that breaks the SO(D+1,1) symmetry, of a D-dimensional conformal field theory, down to those transformations that leave the defect invariant i.e. SO(D-d) X SO(d+1,1).

We studied the 3D critical Ising model in presence of a special kind of these defects, a monodromy line defect.

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Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

will discuss superhorizon fluctuations in de Sitter space. The first part of
the talk will focus on computing entanglement entropies of field theories in a
fixed de Sitter background. Those computations are done for free theories and
also theories with gravity duals. If time permits, I will also discuss
superhorizon fluctuations in cosmological backgrounds. In particular, I focus
on showing that subhorizon fluctuations can not produce any significant

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Tuesday Jan 08, 2013

The study of the worldsheet S-matrix for AdS_5×S^5
strings was a key step in

the complete determination of the non-pertubrative planar
spectrum of anomalous

dimensions for N=4 super-Yang-Mills. To go beyond
the spectral problem it is

important to consider higher-point
worldsheet correlation functions and, as is

standard in many integrable models, one approach is
the study of form factors.

We will discuss a set of consistency conditions appropriate
to form factors in

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Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

In this talk we will present results on all one-loop scattering amplitudes in N=6 Chern-Simons matter theories. Especially we will discuss connection between certain triple-cut diagrams and tree-level recursive diagrams, and a general formula capturing the multi-particle factorization of arbitrary one-loop amplitudes in the theories is obtained from this connection. Furthermore a recursion relation for the supercoefficients of one-loop amplitudes will be derived, which leads the solution for all one-loop amplitudes.

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Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Two-dimensional gauge
theories with (0,2) supersymmetry admit a much broader, and more interesting,
class of solutions than their better studied (2,2) counterparts. In this talk,
we will explore some of the possibilities that are offered by this additional
freedom. The moduli spaces we find can be interpreted as the target spaces for
heterotic strings moving in backgrounds with non-trivial H-flux. A remarkable
relationship between (0,2) gauge anomalies and H-flux will emerge.

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Thursday Dec 06, 2012

The information paradox and the infall problem have been
long-standing puzzles in the understanding of black holes. The idea of free
infall is in considerable tension with unitarity of the evaporation process and
recent developements have made this tension sharp. In the first part of my talk
I will address the information question and argue that unitarty requires every
quantum of radiation leaving the black hole to carry information about the
initial state. Unitary evaporation is thus inconsistent with an

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Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Warped AdS3 has isometry SL(2,R) x U(1). It is closed
related to Kerr/CFT, non local dipole theories and AdS/CMT. In this talk I will
derive the spectrum of string theory on 
Warped AdS3. This is possible because the worldsheet theory can be
mapped to the worldsheet on AdS3 by a nonlocal field redefinition.

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Tuesday Dec 04, 2012

In this talk, I will
relate moduli stabilization in AdS or de Sitter space to basic properties of
the Wilsonian action in the holographic dual theory living on dS (of one lower
dimension):  the single-trace terms in the action have vanishing beta
functions, and higher-trace couplings are determined purely from lower-trace
ones (a property we refer to as the iterative structure of RG).  In the dS
case, this encodes the maximal symmetry of the bulk spacetime in a quantity

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Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Chern-Simons contact terms constitute new
observables in three-dimensional quantum field theory. In N=2 supersymmetric
theories with an R-symmetry, they lead to a superconformal anomaly. This
understanding clarifies several puzzles surrounding the S3 partition function
of these theories. In particular, it leads to a proof of the F-maximization
principle.  Chern-Simons contact terms
can be computed exactly using localization and lead to new tests of proposed

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