## Directions

We are located at the 6th floor of the G.O. Jones Building on the Mile End Campus, midway between Stepney Green and Mile End Tube stations, approximately 15-20 minutes from central London on the Central or District lines. If exiting Stepney Green tube station, turn left and walk along the Mile End Road for approximately 300 metres. The G.O. Jones (Physics) building is to the right of the main college building, which is fronted by a clocktower and lawn. If exiting Mile End tube station, turn left and walk approximately 300 metres until you are opposite the main college building. A more detailed description can be found here.

## Seminars at Queen Mary University of London

Found at least 20 result(s)

### 26.03.2015 (Thursday)

#### Higher Gauge Theory and M-Theory

Regular Seminar Christian Saemann (Edinburgh)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: Higher Gauge Theory is a categorical way of thinking about parallel transport of extended objects. Such parallel transport appears naturally within string and M-theory. In particular, the six-dimensional maximally superconformal theory or at least self-dual strings in four dimensions should be captured by Higher Gauge Theory. I will review some of my recent work in this area, including how M2-brane models fit into the picture, how twistor geometry can yield field equations containing the non-abelian tensor multiplet and give explicit higher versions of the BPST instanton and the 't Hooft-Polyakov monopole. If time permits, I will also talk a bit about a higher version of the IKKT matrix model.

### 12.03.2015 (Thursday)

#### Gluon scattering amplitudes as flux-tube partition functions

Regular Seminar Benjamin Basso (ENS Paris)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: In this talk I will explain how to compute gluon scattering amplitudes at finite coupling in planar N=4 SYM theory, using the duality with null polygonal Wilson loops, conformal symmetry, and the integrability of the colour flux tube dynamics. After introducing the main ideas and results, I will present some applications of this formalism at strong coupling and discuss the validity of the semiclassical (dual) string description.

### 11.03.2015 (Wednesday)

#### Multiboundary wormholes and holographic entanglement

Triangular Seminar Simon Ross (Durham)

 at: 15:00 QMWroom Peoples Palace PP2 abstract:

### 11.03.2015 (Wednesday)

#### Holography for N=2(star) on S4

Triangular Seminar Nikolay Bobev (Leuven)

 at: 16:30 QMWroom Peoples Palace PP2 abstract: I will discuss the gravitational dual of a mass deformation of N=4 SYM, called N=2* SYM, on S^4. Using holographic techniques one can calculate the universal contribution to the corresponding free energy in the planar limit and at large 't Hooft coupling. The result matches the expression recently computed using supersymmetric localization in the field theory. This agreement constitutes a non-trivial precision test of holography in a non-conformal setting. I will also briefly discuss the extension of these results to mass deformations of N=4 SYM with N=1 supersymmetry.

### 09.03.2015 (Monday)

Informal Seminar David Berman (QMUL)

 at: 14:30 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: Graduate Lectures: This short course will cover the origin of M-theory and brane physics with its applications.

### 05.03.2015 (Thursday)

#### Permutation orbifolds and holography

Regular Seminar Mukund Rangamani (Durham)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: CFTs at large central charge display some universal features which can be inferred from holography. Using these as a guide one can obtain some necessary conditions for a given CFT to admit a classical string dual. I will describe attempts to construct a large class of CFTs satisfying these conditions exploiting some technology of permutation orbifolds.

### 04.03.2015 (Wednesday)

Informal Seminar David Berman (QMUL)

 at: 14:30 QMWroom G.O. Jones LG1 abstract: Graduate Lectures: This short course will cover the origin of M-theory and brane physics with its applications.

### 25.02.2015 (Wednesday)

Informal Seminar David Berman (QMUL)

 at: 14:30 QMWroom G.O. Jones LG1 abstract: Graduate Lectures: This short course will cover the origin of M-theory and brane physics with its applications.

### 19.02.2015 (Thursday)

#### Quantum Gravity and the Stbility of the Higgs Vacuum

Regular Seminar Jan Plefka (Humboldt)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: A central outcome of the recent Higgs discovery is that the Standard Model (SM) appears to be a selfconsistent quantum field theory all the way up to the Planck scale. Moreover, the measured values for the Higgs and top masses have an intriguing consequence for the question of stability of the Higgs vacuum: The SM lies close to the border of absolute electroweak vacuum stability and metastability. However, these celebrated results extrapolate the SM into a region where quantum gravity effects become important. We have therefore computed the quantum gravitational contributions to the standard model effective potential and analyzed their effects on the Higgs vacuum stability in the framework of effective field theory. Non-renormalizability of Einstein gravity induces higher dimension φ6 and φ8 operators at the one- loop level with novel couplings η1/2. We find that the true minimum of the standard model effective potential now lies below the Planck scale for almost the entire parameter space (η1/2(mt) > 0.01). In addition quantum gravity is shown to contribute to the minimal value of the standard model NLO effective potential at the percent level. The quantum gravity induced contributions yield a metastable vacuum for a large fraction of the parameter space in the flowing couplings η1/2.

### 12.02.2015 (Thursday)

#### Extremal chiral ring states in AdS/CFT are described by free fermions

Regular Seminar David Berenstein (UCSB)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: Half BPS states (operators) in N=4 SYM are famously described by free fermions both at weak and strong coupling. I describe a set of conjectures for a preferred class of states in more general conformal field theories that can be tested in supergravity for when such a free fermion description might arise and some motivation for it applying generally. The states in question belong to the chiral ring of a supersymmetric conformal field theory that extremize an additional U(1) charge for fixed dimension and can be reduced to multi-traces of a composite matrix field, which is equivalent to using Young tableaux (Schur polynomials) as a basis. The main conjecture asserts that if the Young tableaux are orthogonal, then the set of extremal three point functions of traces to order 1/N are determined up to a single constant. The conjecture is extended further by providing an exact norm for the Schur basis and this norm arises from a set of free fermions for a generalized oscillator algebra.

### 05.02.2015 (Thursday)

#### Introduction to pure spinor methods for string- and field-theory amplitudes

Regular Seminar Oliver Schlotterer (AEI Potsdam)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: In this talk, I will review basic features of the pure spinor superstring as well as recent progress to compute and compactly represent scattering amplitudes in this framework. A string-inspired organization scheme for amplitudes in both field- and string-theories will be described where the non-linearities of ten-dimensional super Yang-Mills theory are encoded in so-called multiparticle superfields. They allow to efficiently capture the polarization dependence through cubic diagrams where the intuitive mapping as well as the composition rules for amplitudes are guided by BRST invariance.

### 04.02.2015 (Wednesday)

#### Aspects of Gauge-Strings Duality

Regular Seminar Carlos Nunez (Swansea U.)

 at: 16:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: I will discuss recent developments in the duality between gauge fields and strings.

### 29.01.2015 (Thursday)

#### Higher Spin Holography

Regular Seminar Robert de Mello Koch (Witwatersrand U.)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: In this talk we will discuss the collective field theory approach towards understanding the holographic duality between Vasiliev's minimal higher spin theory in AdS4 and the free O(N) vector model in 2+1 dimensions.

### 28.01.2015 (Wednesday)

#### On black hole thermodynamics from super Yang-Mills

Regular Seminar Toby Wiseman (Imperial College)

 at: 15:15 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: I will review the link between 1+p dimensional maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills and the black hole thermodynamics of Dp-branes via the gauge/string correspondence. The finite temperature behaviour of Dp-brane supergravity black holes looks very alien from the perspective of the dual strongly coupled Yang-Mills. However, I will argue that in a natural set of Yang-Mills variables, the classical moduli (which unfortunately are still strongly coupled), certain features of these thermodynamics become quite transparent.

### 22.01.2015 (Thursday)

#### Cancelled

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract:

### 08.01.2015 (Thursday)

#### Functional determinants, index theorems and exact quantum black hole entropy.

Regular Seminar Sameer Murthy (King's)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: I will discuss the exact quantum entropy of supersymmetric black holes as a gravitational functional integral in AdS2. In theories with eight supercharges, a computation of the exact entropy is possible using supersymmetric localization. I will discuss this technique, and describe the computation of functional determinants that can be computed using index theorems. I will then compare the exact gravitational formula to microscopic formulas coming from string theory.

### 12.12.2014 (Friday)

#### What is the equation of state for the early Universe?

Exceptional Seminar Samir Mathur (Ohio State)

 at: 15:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones Lecture Theatre abstract: The Bekenstein-Hawking formula for the entropy of a black hole suggests that entropy in strong gravity situations should be proportional to bounding area rather than enclosed volume. But we argue that the S and T dualities of string theory suggest an entropy formula that is extensive in the volume, with the area formula appearing as a special case. In particular we find a set of states in string theory that violate the covariant entropy bound, which seeks to extend the area entropy formula to situations like the early Universe.

### 11.12.2014 (Thursday)

#### Generic Predictions of String/M theory solutions with Low Energy Supersymmetry breaking

Regular Seminar Bobby Acharya (King's)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: By studying the cosmological dynamics of the moduli and axion fields we develop a set of "generic predictions" of solutions to string/M theory which have low energy supersymmetry breaking and grand unification. The nature of dark matter plays an important role in much of the discussion.

### 03.12.2014 (Wednesday)

#### Polygon Seminar: Gauge Theories and Calabi-Yau Manifolds

Triangular Seminar Yang-Hui He (City University)

 at: 15:30 QMWroom Francis Bancroft 1.15 abstract:

### 27.11.2014 (Thursday)

#### Interacting UV fixed points - from 4D quantum gauge theories to 4D quantum gravity

Regular Seminar Daniel Litim (Sussex U.)

 at: 14:00 QMWroom G.O. Jones 610 abstract: It is commonly believed that for a quantum field theory to be fundamental, its high-energy behaviour must be governed by an ultraviolet (UV) fixed point. A very satisfying example is given by asymptotic freedom of QCD where the UV fixed point is non-interacting. In this talk, I discuss the existence of interacting UV fixed points in various quantum field theories, in particular in four dimensions, both with and without gravity. Implications for particle physics are also evaluated.