Directions

This institute may be found at Strand in Central London, just north of the Thames (map).

Getting to the Strand Campus:

  • By underground

Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk. Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk, Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk, Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines): 12 minute walk, Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 12 minute walk,Chancery Lane (Central line): use exit 4 - 15 minute walk.

  • By train

Charing Cross: 9 minute walk. Waterloo: 12 minute walk. Waterloo East: 10 minute walk. Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.

  • By bus

Buses stopping outside the College: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, X68, 168, 171, 172, 176(24 hour), 188, 243 (24 hour), 341 (24 hour), 521, RV1.

For more information about public transportations in London, please visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk.

Seminars at King's College London

Found at least 20 result(s)

07.05.2014 (Wednesday)

The fermionic basis in sin(h)-Gordon model

Informal Seminar Stefano Negro (Durham and Turin)

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13:15 KCL
room K -1.56
abstract:

Recently a powerful approach to the computation of one-point functions in the quantum XXZ spin 1/2 chain has been proposed by Boos, Jimbo, Miwa and Smirnov; this framework relies on the existence of a particular basis in the state space of the theory: the fermionic basis. I will present the construction of these fermions for the scaling limit of inhomogeneous XXZ spin 1/2 chain, the sine-Gordon model, and for its twin, the sinh-Gordon model. If time allows it, I will briefly present a possible interpretation of the fermionic basis and one-point functions in terms of the action of a modified version of the sinh-Gordon model.

26.03.2014 (Wednesday)

Exact tachyon spectrum in AdS/CFT

Regular Seminar Ryo Suzuki (Oxford)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

Unstable string states in curved spacetime is not well-understood compared to those in the flat spacetime. We consider potentially tachyonic open string states in AdS_5xS^5 which should correspond to a determinant-like operator in N=4 super Yang-Mills by the AdS/CFT correspondence. Its conformal dimension is studied using integrability and perturbative methods in N=4 SYM. By proposing and solving the boundary thermodynamic Bethe ansatz (BTBA) equations, we find an indication that states of N=4 SYM turn into tachyonic at finite coupling where the total energy of the corresponding string becomes zero.

19.03.2014 (Wednesday)

Localisation on three-manifolds

Regular Seminar Paul Richmond (Oxford)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

In this talk I will discuss the localisation of supersymmetric gauge theories on Riemannian three-manifolds with the topology of a three-sphere. The three-manifold is always equipped with an almost contact structure and an associated Reeb vector field. The partition function depends only on this vector field and has an explicit expression in terms of the double sine function. In addition, I will discuss the possibility of generalising this work to five dimensions.

05.03.2014 (Wednesday)

Entanglement in higher spin theories

Regular Seminar Eric Perlmutter (DAMTP Cambridge)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

There has been phenomenal recent progress in computing CFT entanglement and Renyi entropies, holographically and otherwise. We extend these investigations to the higher spin regime -- where sensible notions of geometry are sorely lacking -- by computing ground state Renyi entropies in certain classes of holographic CFTs with higher spin symmetry. Our calculations are performed at both classical and one-loop level, from gravity and CFT. Along the way, we establish some new general results about Renyi entropy in any CFT, higher spin symmetry aside.

26.02.2014 (Wednesday)

Wick rotation and the positivity of energy in quantum field theory

Regular Seminar Graeme Segal (Oxford)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

The positivity of energy in quantum field theory is traditionally but not altogether clearly encoded in the possibility of ‘Wick rotation’ – the analytic continuation of various observable quantities to ‘imaginary time’. My talk, an account of joint work with Maxim Kontsevich, will describe a somewhat different point of view on this. I shall motivate the definition of a specific infinite-dimensional domain of complex-valued metrics on a smooth manifold which is a complexification of the usual space of real Riemannian metrics, but has the Lorentzian metrics on its boundary. The positivity of energy is then encoded in the fact that the theory is the boundary value of a holomorphic theory defined for space-time manifolds with complex metrics belonging to the domain. Questions of the unitarity of field theory in a curved space-time are thereby related to familiar phenomena in representation theory.

19.02.2014 (Wednesday)

Seminar Cancelled

Regular Seminar Fedor Smirnov (LPTHE Paris)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

Using the fermionic basis we conjecture explicit formulae for the one-point functions in the sinh-Gordon model on a cylinder at finite temperature). The conjecture is checked against known results.

05.02.2014 (Wednesday)

Exceptional geometry, gauged supergravity and the tensor hierarchy

Regular Seminar Mariana Grana (IPhT Saclay)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

Exceptional generalised geometry (or exceptional field theory) is an extension of generalised complex geometry (or double field theory) "geometrising" all degrees of freedom of 11d or type II supergravity. Concentrating on the case in which the 11d tangent space is split into four and seven dimensional spaces, we will discuss the geometry and gauge structure of these exceptional theories. We will show how closure of the "exceptional Lie algebra" requires adding a tower of four-dimensional p-form fields, known in the 4d gauged supergravity language as the tensor hierarchy. This indicates the existence of an underlying structure compatible with the E_{11} construction.

29.01.2014 (Wednesday)

Integrabilty and STU supergravity

Regular Seminar Axel Kleinschmidt (AEI Potsdam)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

I will review the known integrable structures of (super-)gravity in the presence of a sufficient number of Killing vectors and how they can be used to generate new solutions. The associated inverse scattering techniques have been widely applied to four-dimensional Einstein gravity, starting with the work of Belinski and Zakharov, but their generalisation to other gravity systems poses some problems. I will discuss progress for the case of STU supergravity by exploiting the underlying group theory.

22.01.2014 (Wednesday)

BPS black holes in AdS_4 and their CFT duals

Regular Seminar Kiril Hristov (Milano Bicocca)

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13:15 KCL
room S -1.04
abstract:

The microscopic description of the 4 dimensional supersymmetric (or BPS) black holes in flat space has already been well understood via the AdS/CFT correspondence on the black hole horizon. In this talk I address the similar problem of finding the dual description for the static BPS black holes in AdS_4 embeddable in M-theory. The gravity picture of an interpolation between asymptotic AdS_4 and AdS_2xS^2 on the horizon can be understood as a renormalization group (RG) flow between a 3d and a 1d superconformal field theory. I discuss in some detail both the gravity and the field theory side, providing evidence for their match. At the end I present a proposal for the 1d CFT states that make up the black hole entropy.

11.12.2013 (Wednesday)

Generalised Structures and Holography

Regular Seminar Michela Petrini (LPTHE Paris)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

04.12.2013 (Wednesday)

Holographic Entanglement Entropy and Spacetime Entanglement

Triangular Seminar Rob Myers (Perimeter)

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15:00 KCL
room Strand S -2.08
abstract:

Holographic entanglement entropy is part of an expanding dialogue has opened between string theorists and physicists in a variety of other fields, eg, condensed matter and nuclear physics. Holographic entanglement entropy also provides an interesting window into the suggestion that quantum entanglement plays an essential role in the emergence of spacetime geometry in theories of quantum gravity. In this lecture, I will review some of the basic aspects of entanglement entropy and holographic entanglement entropy. I will also describe how holographic entanglement entropy leads one to consider associating entanglement entropies with general regions of spacetime in quantum gravity. Finally, I will discuss some recent work to examine this conjecture more precisely in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence.

04.12.2013 (Wednesday)

A QFT viewpoint on entanglement

Triangular Seminar Erik Tonni (SISSA)

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16:30 KCL
room S -2.08
abstract:

Entanglement of quantum states and its measures play an important role in many areas of theoretical physics. Some techniques about how to deal with entanglement in QFT will be discussed. In particular, the strong subadditivity play the crucial role in the analysis of the "c-theorems" in 1+1 and 2+1 dimensions. We will also consider the twist fields and how they are employed to find analytic results for the entanglement entropies of disjoint intervals and the negativity (a measure of entanglement for mixed states) 1+1 CFTs.

27.11.2013 (Wednesday)

Lecture on Higher-spin symmetry

Regular Seminar Nicolas Boulanger (Mons)

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13:00 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

20.11.2013 (Wednesday)

A 360-degree view of M5-branes

Regular Seminar Neil Lambert (King's College)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

13.11.2013 (Wednesday)

Primordial perturbations from cosmic inflation

Regular Seminar David Wands (Portsmouth)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

I will review what has become the standard model for the origin of structure in the Universe: quantum fluctuations of a scalar field during a period of accelerated expansion ("inflation") in the very early universe. I will discuss some of the latest observational evidence, including recent results from ESA's Planck satellite, and what this might tell us about the physics of inflation.

06.11.2013 (Wednesday)

Quantum black hole entropy and the holomorphic prepotential

Regular Seminar Sameer Murthy (King's College)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

30.10.2013 (Wednesday)

Twistor Strings for N=8 Supergravity

Regular Seminar David Skinner (DAMTP Cambridge)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

I'll explain a new way of looking at 4d supergravity --- as a theory of holomorphic maps into Penrose's twistor space. Allowing twistor space to have N fermionic directions, the theory is anomaly free when N=8. Via the Penrose transform, the vertex operators correspond to an N=8 Einstein supergravity multiplet. Conformal symmetry is explicitly broken by the presence of the infinity twistor in the BRST operator. I will show how to compute the complete classical S-matrix from worldsheet correlation functions, and interpret these amplitudes geometrically.

23.10.2013 (Wednesday)

Conformal Bootstrap, the 3d Ising Model, and the Epsilon-expansion

Regular Seminar Slava Rychkov (CERN and ENS and Univ.Paris 6)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

A classic problem in field theory is to compute the critical exponents of the second-order phase transitions in 3d, for example for the Ising model universality class. Traditionally, this problem has been approached via RG-based techniques, such as the Wilson-Fisher epsilon-expansion. Here I will discuss another method to extract the critical exponents, and more, by using conformal field theory.

16.10.2013 (Wednesday)

3D Bosonization and Chern-Simons Vector Models

Regular Seminar Guy Gur-Ari (Weizmann Institute)

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13:15 KCL
room S-1.04
abstract:

Chern-Simons theories coupled to vector matter exhibit interesting phenomena. In the planar limit, these theories are conjectured to be holographically dual to generalized theories of gravity, involving high-spin fields. This is a weak-weak holographic duality that is in some aspects very simple, and may serve as a toy model for deepening our understanding of both holography and string theory. On the CFT side, exact calculations performed in the planar limit, along with constraints imposed by a ‘slightly-broken’ high-spin symmetry, have led to many exact results. These have uncovered the details of a 3D bosonization duality, relating theories with bosonic matter to theories with fermionic matter. I will present dynamical evidence for this duality.

02.10.2013 (Wednesday)

3d non-abelian mirror symmetry for Wilson loops in matrix models

Regular Seminar Benjamin Assel (King's College)

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13:15 KCL
room S4.23
abstract:

We study half-BPS Wilson loops in D = 3 N =4 gauge theories using matrix models obtained from localization techniques. The infrared CFTs of the N=4 theories are subject to 3-dimensional mirror symmetry, which exchanges the Higgs and Coulomb branches of vacua of dual theories. Recently progress have been made in understanding the mapping of BPS Wilson loops under mirror symmetry in abelian theories. Our aim is to understand the operators dual to half-BPS Wilson loops in non-abelian theories. We propose a matrix model for the mirror loops by implementing mirror symmetry directly in the matrix model and we verify the mapping of loop operators by computing explicitly the Wilson loops and mirror loops in non-abelian linear quiver theories. We discuss the possible gauge theory operators that would lead to the matrix model we found. Our results are nicely related to the brane realization of linear quivers in IIB string theory.