Informal Seminars - Fall 2010
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The HET Group
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
found surprising applications in strongly coupled systems. I will give a
pedagogical introduction motivating the ideas, developing them and
them to systems of interest (quark-gluon plasma in heavy ion collisions,
condensed matter (superconductors), etc.) over the course of the
Each Wednesday at 1:15 pm
Room 405 in Earth & Planetary Sciences Building
String Theory, Vols. I and II, by Joseph Polchinski,
D-Branes, 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: Reissner-N\"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 Hawking-Page phase transition
Lecture 9: Transport properties
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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