Mathematics and Physics in Heidelberg Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik Mathematisches Institut Karl-Theodor-Brücke Surprise Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie Institut für Theoretische Physik Universität Heidelberg Universität Heidelberg Universität Heidelberg

Seminar in the Summer Term 2018 (Diese Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt!)

Holography and large-N dualities


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.


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