String Seminars

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

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Thursday Nov 11, 2010

The dynamics of fluids is a long standing challenge that remained as an unsolved problem for centuries. Understanding its main features, chaos and turbulence, is likely to provide an understanding of the principles and non-linear dynamics of a large class of systems far from equilibrium. We consider a conceptually new viewpoint to study these features using black hole dynamics. Since the gravitational field is characterized by a curved geometry, the gravity variables provide a geometrical framework for studying the dynamics of fluids: A geometrization of turbulence.

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Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

The dynamics of fluids is a long standing challenge that remained as an unsolved problem for centuries. Understanding its main features, chaos and turbulence, is likely to provide an understanding of the principles and non-linear dynamics of a large class of systems far from equilibrium. We consider a conceptually new viewpoint to study these features using black hole dynamics. Since the gravitational field is characterized by a curved geometry, the gravity variables provide a geometrical framework for studying the dynamics of fluids: A geometrization of turbulence.

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Tuesday Oct 19, 2010
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We discuss holographic duals of strongly interacting gauge theories which show properties of p-wave superfluids which in addition to an Abelian symmetry also break the spatial rotational symmetry. The gravity duals of these superfluid states are black hole solutions with a vector hair which we construct in a non-Abelian Einstein-Yang-Mills theory and in the D3/D7 brane setup. The latter allows us to identify the dual field theory explicitly.

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Tuesday Oct 05, 2010
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This talk will focus on hypermultiplet moduli spaces of various N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories in (3+1)d. In the first part of the talk, we discuss the moduli space of instantons on C^2. For the classical groups, the ADHM construction of the moduli space can be realised on the Higgs branch of N=2 gauge theories on D3-branes probing D7-branes. No known construction is available for exceptional groups.

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Tuesday Sep 28, 2010
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We give a detailed derivation of a supersymmetric configuration of wrapped D5-branes on a two-cycle of a warped resolved conifold. Our analysis reveals that the resolved conifold should support a non-Kahler metric with an SU(3) structure. We use this as a starting point of the geometric transition in type IIB theory. A mirror, and a subsequent flop transition using an intermediate M-theory configuration with a G2 structure, gives rise to the complete IR geometric transition in type IIA theory.

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Friday Jul 09, 2010
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In this talk I shall describe a general formalism based on $AdS_2/CFT_1$ correspondence that allows us to
systematically calculate the entropy, index and other physical observables of an extremal black hole taking into
account higher derivative and quantum corrections to the action. I shall also describe precise microscopic computation of the same
quantities for a class of supersymmetric extremal black holes and compare this with the prediction of $AdS_2/CFT_1$
correspondence.

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Thursday Jul 08, 2010
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In this talk I shall describe a general formalism based on $AdS_2/CFT_1$ correspondence that allows us to
systematically calculate the entropy, index and other physical observables of an extremal black hole taking into
account higher derivative and quantum corrections to the action. I shall also describe precise microscopic computation of the same
quantities for a class of supersymmetric extremal black holes and compare this with the prediction of $AdS_2/CFT_1$
correspondence.

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Wednesday Jul 07, 2010
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In this talk I shall describe a general formalism based on $AdS_2/CFT_1$ correspondence that allows us to systematically calculate the entropy, index and other physical observables of an extremal black hole taking into account higher derivative and quantum corrections to the action. I shall also describe precise microscopic computation of the same quantities for a class of supersymmetric extremal black holes and compare this with the prediction of $AdS_2/CFT_1$ correspondence.

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Tuesday Jun 08, 2010
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We study time dependent couplings in conformal field theories using rotating probe branes in AdS X S spacetimes. We find that induced metrics on the brane worldvolumes develop horizons with characteristic Hawking temperatures even when there is no black hole in the bulk. This framework is used to obtain toy models for quantum quench.

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Tuesday Jun 01, 2010
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Quantization of string theory on the AdS(3) backgrounds with the RR flux, such as AdS(3)xS(3)xT(4) or AdS(3)xS(3)xS(3)xS(1), is an unsolved problem. Since the sigma model on these backgrounds is classically integrable, one can try to implement powerful methods of integrability similar to those used to solve AdS(5)/CFT(4) and AdS(4)/CFT(3). I will describe the integrability approach to the AdS(3) backgrounds, emphasizing the differences to the better understood cases of AdS(5) and AdS(4).

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