### News

All interested are encouraged to attend the organizational meeting on
** Monday, February 5, at 2pmst in SR 3 Mathematikon**. More information about
the format and topics will then be posted here.

### Description

The holographic principle has been identified as one of the cornerstones of a complete
theory of quantum gravity. Its most compelling incarnation to date is the celebrated
AdS/CFT correspondence, which has taught many important lessons over the past 20
years and also found numerous applications to understanding the dynamics of strongly
coupled quantum systems in geometric terms. Like other dualities that have emerged
from string theory, the correspondence is expected to have a deep mathematical counterpart.
The aims of the seminar are two-fold:

1. We will learn the physics motivation behind holography and the basic working of the
AdS/CFT correspondence, including its classic tests, hopefully reaching some recent
developments.

2. We will study mathematical versions of large-N duality in examples
such as the correspondence between Chern-Simons theory on the three-sphere and the
topological string on the resolved conifold.

** Prerequisites:**
The seminar is aimed at Masters and Doctoral students in physics and mathematical physics.
Participants should have at least nodding acquaintance with any or all of the following:
General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry, String Theory, Differential
Geometry and Representation Theory.

### Schedule of Talks

Schedule still subject to change.

Date | Speaker | TitleAbstractNotes |
---|---|---|

April 26 | N.N. | Introduction and Overview |

May 3 | N.N. | TBA |

Some other time | everything else | everything else |