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The HET Group

WHAT:

This is a series of informal seminars on the AdS/CFT
correspondence. The subject is an active field of research which emerged
from efforts to build a quantum theory of gravity (string theory) and
has
found surprising applications in strongly coupled systems. I will give a
pedagogical introduction motivating the ideas, developing them and
applying
them to systems of interest (quarkgluon plasma in heavy ion collisions,
condensed matter (superconductors), etc.) over the course of the
semester.

WHEN:

Each Wednesday at 1:15 pm

WHERE:

Room 405 in Earth & Planetary Sciences Building

TEXTBOOKS:

String Theory, Vols. I and II, by Joseph Polchinski,
Cambridge.
DBranes, by Clifford V. Johnson, Cambridge.
String Theory in a Nutshell, by Elias Kiritsis, Princeton.
A First Course in String Theory, by Barton Zwiebach, Cambridge.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lecture 1: Path Integral
Lecture 2: Schwarzschild Black Hole
Lecture 3: ReissnerN\"ordstrom Black Hole
Lecture 4: Black Branes from String Theory
Lecture 5: Microscopic Calculation of Entropy and Hawking Radiation
Lecture 6: AdS/CFT Correspondence
Lecture 7: Finite Temperature
Lecture 8: Finite Volume and HawkingPage phase transition
Lecture 9: Transport properties
