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

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16.03.2017 (Thursday)

Symmetry and String theory

Regular Seminar Menika Sharma (Harish-Chandra)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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String theory in the tensionless limit is expected to have a large gauge symmetry. By recasting string theory on the AdS background as a generalization of Vasiliev's theory of massless higher-spin fields, it has become possible to understand the nature of this symmetry. In this talk, I will first give an overview of three-dimensional Vasiliev theory and its dual CFT. I will then discuss the current understanding of the symmetry algebra of string theory as well as some open problems related to it.

02.03.2017 (Thursday)

Quantum Geometry and Non-Geometric Backgrounds

Regular Seminar Richard Szabo (Heriot Watt)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

Recent advances in non-geometric string theory suggest that locally non-geometric flux compactifications can be understood in terms of nonassociative deformations of spacetime geometry. We will review some of these developments and how they shed light on properties of non-geometric strings, and explain some new results concerning how these structures lift to non-geometric M-theory

01.03.2017 (Wednesday)

Modular properties of String Scattering Amplitudes

Triangular Seminar Michael Green (DAMTP/QMUL)

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15:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones Lecture Theatre
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This talk will focus on some recent results concerning the low energy expansion of superstring scattering amplitudes. Whereas tree-level amplitudes generate a series of multiple zeta values (MZV) the genus-one amplitudes generate a series of elliptic generalisations (“modular graph functions”) that satisfy fascinating polynomial relations analogous to those satisfied by MZV’s. The latter part of the talk will briefly review how these features fit in with the non-perturbative structure of superstring amplitudes, studied some time ago.

01.03.2017 (Wednesday)

Yangian Symmetry and Integrability of Planar N=4 SYM

Triangular Seminar Niklas Beisert (ETH Zurich)

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16:30 QMW
room G.O. Jones Lecture Theatre
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This talk is about integrability of Planar N=4 super Yang-Mills theory. We present a concrete notion of the corresponding Yangian symmetry in this model, show that it holds true, and discuss the (perturbative) implications for correlation functions and Wilson loops.

16.02.2017 (Thursday)

TBA

Regular Seminar Dhritiman Nandan (Humboldt)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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09.02.2017 (Thursday)

Generalized type II supergravity from kappa symmetry

Regular Seminar Linus Wulff (Imperial)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

It has been known since the 80's that the Green-Schwarz superstring possesses the fermionic kappa symmetry, required for the consistency of the formulation, if the target space is a solution of the supergravity equations of motion. However, contrary to the standard lore and previous claims in the literature, it was recently shown that the converse is not true. Kappa symmetry of the Green-Schwarz superstring implies only a weaker set of equations for the target space fields, which we refer to as generalized supergravity equations. I will describe these equations for the type II case and contrast them with the standard type II supergravity equations which arise as a special case.

02.02.2017 (Thursday)

Particle formation and ordering in strongly correlated systems: a 1+1D model of QCD

Regular Seminar Gabor Takacs (Budapest U.)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

I present the results of a study of a (1 +1 )-dimensional version of the famous Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model of quantum chromodynamics both at zero and at finite baryon density. For zero chemical potential, we found the formation of fermionic (nucleons and Δ baryons) and bosonic (two-quark mesons, six-quark deuterons) excitations, and demonstrated the existence of a phase transition. For a finite baryon density the model has a rich phase diagram which includes phases with a density wave and superfluid quasi-long-range (QLR) order, as well as a phase of a baryon Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid (strange metal). Relevant publication: P. Azaria, R.M. Konik, Ph. Lecheminant, T. Pálmai, G. Takács and A.M. Tsvelik: Particle Formation and Ordering in Strongly Correlated Fermionic Systems: Solving a Model of Quantum Chromodynamics, Phys. Rev. D94 (2016) 045003, arXiv:1601.02979 [hep-th].

26.01.2017 (Thursday)

Cosmic Inflation from String Axions

Regular Seminar Susha Parameswaran (University of Liverpool)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

An early epoch of cosmic inflation, driven by a scalar field slowly rolling down a flat potential, provides an elegant solution to several cosmological puzzles. The notorious sensitivity of the slow roll potential to quantum gravity effects, presents both a challenge and opportunity for string theory to connect to observations. A very promising way to explain slow roll inflation is with an axionic inflaton field, whose flat potential is protected by a perturbative shift symmetry. However, the canonical models of axion inflation - "Natural Inflation" and "Axion Monodromy" - are now both in tension with observations and difficult to embed in a UV complete theory like string theory. I will discuss these challenges, and also a way to overcome them, with an inflationary mechanism - beyond slow roll - that is well-motivated from string theory and consistent with observations, including distinctive signatures to be searched for in future observations.

18.01.2017 (Wednesday)

Holographic Entanglement Entropy for the Gravitational Anomaly in Four Dimensions

Regular Seminar Jeff Murugan (Cape Town U.)

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16:30 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

We compute the holographic entanglement entropy for the pure gravitational anomaly in 3+1 dimensions. Using the perturbative method developed for com- puting entanglement entropy for quantum field theories, we also compute the parity odd contribution to the entanglement entropy of the dual field theory that comes from a background gravitational Chern-Simons term. We find that, in leading order in the perturbation of the background geometry, the two contribu- tions match except for a logarithmic divergent term on the field theory side. We interpret this extra contribution as encoding our ignorance of the source which creates the perturbation of the geometry.

12.01.2017 (Thursday)

Poincare' symmetry shapes the massive 3-point amplitude

Regular Seminar Andrea Marzolla (Bruxelles U.)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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Poincaré invariance imposes strong non-perturbative constraints on the dependence of scattering amplitudes on the kinematical variables. For massless external states, Benincasa and Cachazo have shown that the 3-point amplitude is fully determined up to a constant (the coupling). We extend their approach, based on the spinor-helicity formalism, to time-like momenta, and we find that, even when massive external states are involved, the functional form of the 3-point amplitude is fully determined, up to (several) constants. In this talk I review the derivation in the massless case, enlightening the role of the little group covariance of the amplitude in constraining its functional form, and the particularly simple form that these constraints get in the spinor language. Then I will show how to extend this procedure to the massive case, deriving the constraining equations for the massive little group, and eventually showing the expressions for 3-point amplitudes involving one, two, or three massive particles.

15.12.2016 (Thursday)

Self-oscillation

Regular Seminar Alejandro Jenkins (Costa Rica U.)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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A self-oscillator generates and maintains a periodic motion at the expense of an energy source with no corresponding periodicity. Small perturbations about equilibrium are amplified. Non-linearity accounts for steady-state oscillations and for the ability of coupled self-oscillators to exhibit both spontaneous synchronisation (“entrainment”) and chaos. The theory of self-oscillators has achieved its greatest sophistication in mathematical control theory and in the study of ordinary differential equations. I shall explain in this talk how an understanding better suited to physicists can be founded on considerations of energy, efficiency, and thermodynamic irreversibility. After reviewing the key differences between forced a parametric resonances on the one hand and self-oscillators on the other, I will comment on how a physical approach to the theory of self-oscillators throws new light on flow instabilities. I will close by describing mechanical and hydrodynamic analogs of the Zel’dovich superradiance of rotating black holes, a subject of considerable interest in high-energy physics today.

14.12.2016 (Wednesday)

Scrambling time in eternal BTZ black hole

Regular Seminar Andrius Stikonas (Edinburgh U.)

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16:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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It is usually hard to compute entanglement entropy and mutual information for conformal field theories (CFT). Ryu-Takayanagi proposals allows us to find the same quantities using calculations in gravity. In this talk I will show how to find holographic entanglement entropy and scrambling time for BTZ black hole perturbed by a heavy (backreacting) particle. Holographic bulk description improves on the shock-wave approximation in 3d bulk dimensions. I will also discuss my work to generalize this calculation to the rotating BTZ black hole.

08.12.2016 (Thursday)

Symbolic summation assists particle physics

Regular Seminar Carsten Schneider (RISC)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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Symbolic summation started with Abramov's telescoping algorithm for rational functions (1971), was pushed further by Gosper's algorithm for hypergeometric expressions (1978) and reached its first peak level with Zeilberger's creative telescoping algorithm (1990) and Petkovsek's recurrence solver (1992) to treat definite hypergeometric sums. In this talk we focus on the difference ring approach which covers all these algorithms as special cases. Its foundation was lead by Karr's summation algorithm (1981) and has been pushed forward significantly within the last 18 years. In a long term project with DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) the produced algorithms have been playing a central role to evaluate several hundred thousands of 2-loop and 3-loop massive Feynman integrals. In this talk we will elaborate by concrete examples how our advanced difference ring theory and the underlying algorithms encoded within the summation package Sigma are used to attack these highly complicated Feynman integrals.

30.11.2016 (Wednesday)

Hilbert Series and aspects of the moduli space of instantons on CP2

Regular Seminar Alessandro Pini (Oviedo U.)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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In the first part of the talk I give an introduction to the computational tool called "Hilbert Series" (HS). I analyze how it can be employed for the characterization of the moduli space of vacua of a QFT and of the moduli space of instantons. Then, in the second part of the talk, I discuss the moduli space of (framed) self-dual instantons on CP^2. These are described by an ADHM-like construction which allows to compute the Hilbert Series of the moduli space. The latter has been found to be blind to certain compact directions. I probe these directions, finding them to correspond to a Grassmanian, upon considering appropriate ungaugings. Moreover I discuss the ADHM-like construction of instantons on CP^2/Z_n as well as compute its Hilbert series. As in the unorbifolded case, these turn out to coincide with those for instantons on C^2/Z_n. This talk is mainly based on https://arxiv.org/abs/1502.07876 .

24.11.2016 (Thursday)

S-matrix bootstrap revisited

Regular Seminar Joao Penedones (Lausanne U.)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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Inspired by the recent success of the numerical approach to the conformal bootstrap, we revisit the S-matrix bootstrap program. We shall explain how to obtain analytic bounds on the interaction strength in 1+1 QFT. In higher dimensions, we propose a numerical algorithm that seems to converge to optimal bounds.

22.11.2016 (Tuesday)

Black holes and exotic branes in string theory

Informal Seminar Masaki Shigemori (QMUL)

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15:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

PhD Lecture 4: Black hole microstates and exotic branes: We will discuss supergravity representations of black hole microstates and the possible role played by exotic branes.

21.11.2016 (Monday)

Black holes and exotic branes in string theory

Informal Seminar Masaki Shigemori (QMUL)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

PhD Lecture 3: Exotic branes: We will see that duality predicts various low-codimension objects called exotic branes, and discuss their peculiar properties.

17.11.2016 (Thursday)

Exotic objects from Double Field Theory

Regular Seminar Edvard Musaev (AEI Potsdam)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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T-duality is known to generate exotic objects, which cannot be consistently described in terms of conventional supergravity. In the focus of this talk are backgrounds of DFT carrying Q or R fluxes, which are non-commutative and non-associative in the conventional description. We show that the Berman-Rudolph's DFT-monopole solution which unifies the backgrounds of NS5-brane and KK-monopole also describes these exotic backgrounds upon a choice of section condition. The resulting Q- and R-monopoles no longer have non-trivial monodromies and the only sign of non-geometry is a non-trivial dependence of the fields on dual (winding) coordinates. based on 1607.05450

15.11.2016 (Tuesday)

Black holes and exotic branes in string theory

Informal Seminar Masaki Shigemori (QMUL)

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15:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
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PhD Lecture 2: Supergravity solutions: We will discuss the supergravity solutions representing various brane configurations and see how the duality transformations are manifested in them.

14.11.2016 (Monday)

Black holes and exotic branes in string theory

Informal Seminar Masaki Shigemori (QMUL)

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14:00 QMW
room G.O. Jones 610
abstract:

PhD Lecture 1: String theory and branes: We will review the extended objects in string theory and the duality transformations relating them