29.10.2014 (Wednesday)

From higher spins to strings: a constructive approach

Regular Seminar Massimo Taronna (Potsdam)

14:00 IC
room H503

Starting from some examples, I will review various implications of classical consistency that have played a key role in the context of higher-spin theories (Vasiliev's equations) and holography. I will then review the current understanding higher-spin interactions involving totally-symmetric higher-spin fields and the associated classification of higher-spin algebras generalizing Coleman-Mandula theorem in the context of AdS/CFT. Finally, I will discuss the extension of this analysis to massive higher spins, towards a new understanding of string theory.