This series consists of talks in the area of Superstring Theory.
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The exact boundary states for the rolling D-brane solution in two-dimensional black hole systems will be presented.I will study the physical significance of the solution in relation to the ``tachyon-radion correspondence\" and the ``black hole - string transition\". When the alpha\' corrections become larger, when at the same time the Hawking temperature coincide with the Hagedorn temperature, the phase transition occurs and the physics changes drastically. It also suggests the universal feature of the decaying D-brane and its failure in the strong quantum regime.
I will discuss some ambiguities involved in using the AdS/CFT correspondence
to calculate the ultra-relativistic jet quenching parameter for quarks moving in
an N=4 super Yang-Mills thermal bath. Along the way, I will investigate the behavior of various string configurations on a five-dimensional AdS black hole
background.
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In string compactifications, Kahler metrics for chiral matter fields are an essential prerequisite for the computation of soft supersymmetry breaking terms. I describe new techniques for computing these in Calabi-Yau string compactifications. This involves deducing the modular behaviour of the Kahler metric from that of the physical Yukawa couplings. Using these techniques I derive Kahler metrics for both KKLT and large-volume models. For the latter case, I discuss two applications.
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