Seminars and Events: Spring 2014
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 January 2014

HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 8 Jan at 13:15
Martin Heinze (Humboldt University)
Static Gauge and Energy Spectrum of Singlemode Strings in AdS_5xS^5HET journal club seminar
Martin Heinze
Static Gauge and Energy Spectrum of Singlemode Strings in AdS_5xS^5
Abstract:
In my talk I report on recent progress in calculation of the first quantum corrections to the spectrum of short strings in AdS_5xS^5 from first principles. Restricting ourselves to the bosonic sector, we employ static gauge and quantize in a minisuperspace approach, in which we consider only a single AdS_5 string mode excitation plus arbitrary particle like zeromodes in AdS_5xS^5. We determine the quantum spectrum to the nexttonexttoleading order in the large 't Hooft coupling expansion. Arguing for an ordering prescription which should arise from supersymmetrization, we indeed recover the integrability based predictions for the spectrum of the lightest excitation, dual to the Konishi field scaling dimensions. Higher excitations fail to agree, which is shown to be a consequence of the string mode truncation employed. Despite this simple setup, our system reveals intriguing features, such as a close connection to particles in AdS_6, classical integrability and preservation of the isometries of AdS_5xS^5 at the quantum level.
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Date: Wednesday 8 Jan
Time: 13:15
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Special DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Monday 13 Jan at 14:15
Julien Lesgourgues (CERN/EPFL)
What can the CMB tell us about the nature of dark matterSpecial DiscoveryHET Seminar
Julien Lesgourgues
What can the CMB tell us about the nature of dark matter
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Date: Monday 13 Jan
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 15 Jan at 13:15
Pawel Caputa (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
Aspects of entanglement entropy in and out of equilibriumHET journal club seminar
Pawel Caputa
Aspects of entanglement entropy in and out of equilibrium
Abstract:
Based on hepth/1306.4974 and hepth/1309.7852
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Date: Wednesday 15 Jan
Time: 13:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud. A, Thursday 16 Jan at 14:15
Stephan Stieberger
On Superstring/Supergravity Mellin Correspondence in Grassmannian FormulationDiscoveryHET Seminar
Stephan Stieberger
On Superstring/Supergravity Mellin Correspondence in Grassmannian Formulation
Abstract:
At the tree level, the maximally helicity violating amplitudes of N gauge bosons in open superstring theory and of N gravitons in supergravity are known to have simple representations in terms of tree graphs. For superstrings, the graphs encode integral representations of certain generalized Gaussian hypergeometric functions of kinematic invariants, while for supergravity, they represent specific kinematic expressions constructed from spinorhelicity variables. We establish a superstring/supergravity correspondence for this class of amplitudes, by constructing a mapping between the positions of gauge boson vertices at the disk boundary and the helicity spinors associated to gravitons.
Furthermore, we extend this correspondence of supergravity and superstring amplitudes to the case of arbitrary helicity configurations. The amplitudes are discussed in the framework of Grassmannian varieties. We generalize Hodges' determinant to a function of two sets of independent coordinates and show that treelevel supergravity amplitudes can be obtained by contour integrations of both sets in separate Grassmannians while in superstring theory, one set of coordinates is identified with string vertex positions at the disk boundary.
After replacing vertex positions by a larger set of N(N3)/2 coordinates, the superstring amplitudes become (multiple) Mellin transforms of supergravity amplitudes, from the projective space into the dual Mellin space of N(N3)/2 kinematic invariants. Similarly, inverse Mellin transforms transmute open superstrings into supergravity.
We elaborate on the properties of multiple Mellin and inverse Mellin transforms in the framework of superstring/supergravity correspondence.
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Date: Thursday 16 Jan
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud. A
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud M, Tuesday 21 Jan at 14:15
Song He
Smatrices of massless particlesDiscoveryHET Seminar
Song He
Smatrices of massless particles
Abstract:
I will present compact formula for the treelevel Smatrix of scalar theory, YangMills and gravity in arbitrary spacetime dimension, in terms of integrals over punctures on a sphere restricted to satisfy a set of equations. The new formula for Smatrices of scalars, gluons and gravitons are closely related to each other, which makes nontrivial properties of the amplitudes, such as KLT relations, BCJ colorkinematics duality and doublecopy relations, manifest. The formula also has implications for the Smatrix of string theories in twistor space and in the pure spinor formalism.
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Date: Tuesday 21 Jan
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud M
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HET journal club lunch
Bk2, Wednesday 22 Jan at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 22 Jan
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud M, Thursday 23 Jan at 14:15
Martin Beneke
Anomalous magnetic moment of the muon and penguin loops in the RandallSundrum modelDiscoveryHET Seminar
Martin Beneke
Anomalous magnetic moment of the muon and penguin loops in the RandallSundrum model
Abstract:
The RandallSundrum model with Standard Model fields in the
bulk of a warped fivedimensional spacetime provides a
simultaneous solution to the gauge and flavour hierarchy
problems. While the treelevel phenomenology of this model has
been widely studied, relatively little has been known about
processes that are entirely loopinduced. In this seminar
I describe the calculation of such processes in a framework
that treats the model as a fullfledged 5D quantum field
theory avoiding the introduction of KaluzaKlein
decompositions. The results focus on the muon anomalous
magnetic moment and the radiative leptonflavourviolating
decay mu > e gamma.
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Date: Thursday 23 Jan
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud M
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Discovery Colloquium
Aud A, Tuesday 28 Jan at 15:15
Olga Botner
Catching cosmic clues in the ice  recent results from IceCubeDiscovery Colloquium
Olga Botner
Catching cosmic clues in the ice  recent results from IceCube
Abstract:
IceCube is a neutrino observatory located deep in the Antarctic glacier close to the geographical South Pole. Close to a gigaton of ice has been instrumented with optical sensors with the primary goal of searching for neutrinos from the still unknown sources of the highestenergy cosmic rays. Last year, IceCube observed for the first time ever a handful of highenergy neutrinos which must have originated outside the solar system. The discovery was named the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by the British magazine Physics World. It is the first necessary step to actually achieve the dream of charting the places in the universe able to accelerate hadrons to energies over a million times higher than those at the LHC. The science goals of IceCube extend beyond astrophysics: IceCube is also a powerful tool for searches of dark matter and can be used to study phenomena connected to the neutrinos themselves, like neutrino oscillations. The talk will be an update on the most recent results from IceCube.
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Date: Tuesday 28 Jan
Time: 15:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 29 Jan at 13:15
Leonid Chekhov (Longterm visitor at NBI; Steklov Math Inst.; Loughborough U.)
Quantum Riemann surfaces and beta ensembles (Part 1 of 2)HET journal club seminar
Leonid Chekhov
Quantum Riemann surfaces and beta ensembles (Part 1 of 2)
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Date: Wednesday 29 Jan
Time: 13:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Thursday 30 Jan at 14:15
David Vegh
Holographic massive gravityDiscoveryHET Seminar
David Vegh
Holographic massive gravity
Abstract:
We study finite density holographic theories on a background lattice. The presence of the lattice induces an effective mass for the bulk graviton via a gravitational version of the Higgs mechanism. Momentum is not conserved and the conductivity in the boundary theory exhibits a Drude peak.
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Date: Thursday 30 Jan
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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×  February 2014

HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 5 Feb at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 5 Feb
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Thursday 6 Feb at 14:15
Hidehiko Shimada
Membranes from monopole operators in ABJM theory: Large angular momentum and Mtheoretic AdS4/CFT3DiscoveryHET Seminar
Hidehiko Shimada
Membranes from monopole operators in ABJM theory: Large angular momentum and Mtheoretic AdS4/CFT3
Abstract:
In the talk, I will consider states with large angular momentum to
facilitate the study of the Mtheory regime of the AdS4/CFT3 correspondence
(duality between Mtheory on $AdS_4 \times S^7/Z_k$ and ABJM theory
with gauge group $U(N)\times U(N)$ and level $k$,
where $k$ is finite and $N$ is large).
In particular I will discuss nearBPS operators in ABJM theory
which correspond to states of membranes with large angular momenta on AdS.
The talk will be based on my work with Stefano Kovacs(DIAS) and Yuki Sato
(Wits University).
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Date: Thursday 6 Feb
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 12 Feb at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 12 Feb
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 13 Feb at 14:15
Koichi Murakami
Multiloop amplitudes of lightcone gauge bosonic string field theory in noncritical dimensionsDiscoveryHET Seminar
Koichi Murakami
Multiloop amplitudes of lightcone gauge bosonic string field theory in noncritical dimensions
Abstract:
Superstring field theory has not been established yet, mainly because of a divergence problem called the ``contact term problem", which occurs even at the treelevel. This happens in the lightcone gauge formulation as well as gauge invariant one. In order to deal with this divergence for the lightcone gauge NSR superstring field theory, we have proposed the regularization scheme in which the spacetime dimensions is shifted to a large negative value. So far we have verified that our dimensional regularization works for the treelevel amplitudes. As a first step towards the examination whether the dimensional regularization works for the multiloop amplitudes, we study in this work the multiloop amplitudes of the lightcone gauge closed bosonic string field theory in noncritical dimensions. We show that the amplitudes can be recast into a BRST invariant form by adding a nonstandard worldsheet theory for the longitudinal variables and the reparametrization ghost system. I would also like to comment on the superstring extension in progress.
This talk is based on the collaboration with Nobuyuki Ishibashi (University of Tsukuba).
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Date: Thursday 13 Feb
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Tuesday 18 Feb at 14:15
Assaf BenDavid (NBIA)
Searches for MirrorParity and Stringy Topologies in the CMBDiscoveryHET Seminar
Assaf BenDavid (NBIA)
Searches for MirrorParity and Stringy Topologies in the CMB
Abstract:
If inflation was relatively short, signatures of preinflationary physics could be observed on the largest scales of the CMB, breaking statistical isotropy. These scales, on which the cosmic variance is large, indeed show several anomalies. In this talk I will describe two searches for such isotropybreaking evidence. One is the search for anomalous mirrorparity, motivated by some models of preinflationary relics. While past analysis of WMAP data has shown evidence for odd parity, I will present a closer examination of the anomaly on Planck data, shedding more light on this claim. The other search I will describe is for a nontrivial topology of the universe, which can lead to interesting symmetries in the CMB. I will consider some nonclassical topologies allowed in string theory, and describe their observational signatures as well as the searches for these signatures in the CMB data.
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Date: Tuesday 18 Feb
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 19 Feb at 13:15
Edvard Musaev (Queen Mary, University of London)
Dimensional reductions of exceptional supergravitiesHET journal club seminar
Edvard Musaev
Dimensional reductions of exceptional supergravities
Abstract:
The recently appeared approach of Double Field Theory (or extended geometry) allowed to rewrite low energy effective actions for string and Mtheory in a duality covariant way. The price paid was the extension of space coordinates that now transform in a irrep of the corresponding duality group. In this talk we will cover the problem of dimensional reductions in this formalism and show that under ScherkSchwarz compactification it naturally reproduces the structure of gauged supergravities.
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Date: Wednesday 19 Feb
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 26 Feb at 13:15
Leonid Chekhov (Longterm visitor at NBI; Steklov Math Inst.; Loughborough U.)
Quantum Riemann surfaces and beta ensembles (Part 2 of 2)HET journal club seminar
Leonid Chekhov
Quantum Riemann surfaces and beta ensembles (Part 2 of 2)
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Date: Wednesday 26 Feb
Time: 13:15
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HET Colloquium
Aud A, Thursday 27 Feb at 14:15
Timothy Hollowood (Swansea University)
Schrodinger's Cat: Wanted Dead or AliveHET Colloquium
Timothy Hollowood (Swansea University)
Schrodinger's Cat: Wanted Dead or Alive
Abstract:
I will explain how it is possible to assemble a consistent interpretation of quantum mechanics in a way that has no funny stuff (no brains, no minds, no parallel worlds) but at the same time reproduces the familiar phenomenology of the Copenhagen interpretation for macrosystems. At the same time the Schrodinger equation holds without modification.
The intuition needed comes from the notion of effective theory in QFT but the ideas and formalism are very simple. I show how the measurement problem is solved and discuss the EPR thought experiment in some detail. If time permits I will explain how the new interpretation has something interesting to say about the black hole firewall puzzle.
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Date: Thursday 27 Feb
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud D, Friday 28 Feb at 13:00
Timothy Hollowood (Swansea University)
Integrability on the WorldSheetDiscoveryHET Seminar
Timothy Hollowood (Swansea University)
Integrability on the WorldSheet
Abstract:
I will review the idea of deforming the integrable structure on the world sheet of the string in the AdS/CFT correspondence. This leads to a connection between the string theory and generalizations of the wellknown sineGordon field theory that some remarkable properties. The emphasis will be on giving an overview rather than the technical details.
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Date: Friday 28 Feb
Time: 13:00
Place: Aud D
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NBIA Colloquium
Aud A, Friday 28 Feb at 14:15
Marc Barthélémy (CEA Saclay)
How cities develop: a physicist's perspectiveNBIA Colloquium
Marc Barthélémy
How cities develop: a physicist's perspective
Abstract:
Physical arguments and modeling enable one to understand a number of features of data on urban growth. The first example I shall consider is that a number of quantities, such as the total energy used in transportation, and the length of the street network, display a scaling behavior as a function of the total population and I shall show how the observed nontrivial exponents come about. The second topic will be how to understand the evolution of transportation networks, such as streets and subways.
Refreshments will be served in the NBIA lounge after the talk.
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Date: Friday 28 Feb
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 5 Mar at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 5 Mar
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Discovery/HET Cosmology Seminar
Auditorium M, Tuesday 11 Mar at 11:15
JeanLuc Starck
CMB map estimation from WMAP and PlanckDiscovery/HET Cosmology Seminar
JeanLuc Starck
CMB map estimation from WMAP and Planck
Abstract:
We present the first CMB map reconstructed from both WMAP and
Planck datasets. Using recent statistical tools based
on sparsity, we show that the Galactic barrier can be broken down, so that
we can have a full sky high quality CMB map, for the first time.
In addition, as a result of our novel approach, this high quality map is
free of any significant thermal SZ contamination.
Finally, we present a new method to reconstruct the primordial power
spectrum from WMAP9yr data.
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Date: Tuesday 11 Mar
Time: 11:15
Place: Auditorium M
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 11 Mar at 14:15
Paolo di Vecchia
How to recover unitarity in gravitational highenergy scattering of particles and strings on DpbranesDiscoveryHET Seminar
Paolo di Vecchia
How to recover unitarity in gravitational highenergy scattering of particles and strings on Dpbranes
Abstract:
Highenergy scattering in a gravitational theory is dominated by graviton exchanges. Since gravitons are coupled to energy, perturbative unitarity is violated. In this talk we will discuss how unitarity is recovered in the scattering of both a particle and a closed string on Dpbranes. In the case of a particle one must resum the perturbative series getting the eikonal cnumber phase that is unitary. The case of string is more interesting because one gets the eikonal operator that is an operator in the Hilbert space of the string states. In this case, unlike the scattering of a particle, elastic unitarity is violated and, in order to recover the full unitarity, one must include inelastic processes. In this talk the eikonal operator is obtained with a complete string calculation. This allows us to identify the microscopic closedstring states that must be included for satisfying the unitarity requirement for large impact parameter. At the end of the talk we will discuss the lack of unitarity occurring at smaller impact parameters due to the fact that the production of open strings has not been yet properly taken into account.
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Date: Tuesday 11 Mar
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 12 Mar at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 12 Mar
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 13 Mar at 14:15
Lorenzo Magnea
The infrared structure of gauge amplitudes and the highenergy limit'DiscoveryHET Seminar
Lorenzo Magnea
The infrared structure of gauge amplitudes and the highenergy limit'
Abstract:
I will review recent progress in our understanding of the infrared
structure of multiparticle gauge theory amplitudes, paying special
attention to the highenergy (`Regge') limit. For massless gauge theories,
the multiparticle soft anomalous dimension is known to have a remarkably
simple, dipolelike form up to very high orders in perturbation theory,
and subleading multipole corrections are currently a subject of intense
studies. In the highenergy limit, the dipole formula leads to a simple
factorized expression for the amplitude, which automatically implies
Reggeization of singular contributions to tchannel exchanges. Furthermore,
one can study the breakdown of Reggepole factorization at high energy,
starting at NNLL, and provide explicit expressions for the leading
Reggecut contributions to highenergy logarithms.
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Date: Thursday 13 Mar
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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Joint Experiment/Theory Seminar
Auditorium A, Friday 14 Mar at 13:15
Ning Zhou
Search for Dark Matter and invisible Higgs decays using hadronic decays of W and ZJoint Experiment/Theory Seminar
Ning Zhou
Search for Dark Matter and invisible Higgs decays using hadronic decays of W and Z
Abstract:
A search is presented for dark matter pair production in association with
a W or Z boson in pp collisions representing 20.3 fb1 of integrated
luminosity at sqrt(s)=8TeV using data recorded with the ATLAS detector at
the LHC. Events with a hadronic jet with the jetmass consistent with a W
and Z boson, and with large missing transverse momentum are analyzed. The
data are consistent with the SM expectations. Limits are set on the mass
scale in effective field theories that describe the interaction of dark
matter and SM particles, and the cross section of Higgs decay to invisible
particles in a UV complete theory with the Higgs boson as a light
mediator.
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Date: Friday 14 Mar
Time: 13:15
Place: Auditorium A
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Informal Discovery Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 18 Mar at 14:15
Pavel Naselsky
Cosmological Gravitational Waves from BICEP experimentInformal Discovery Seminar
Pavel Naselsky
Cosmological Gravitational Waves from BICEP experiment
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Date: Tuesday 18 Mar
Time: 14:15
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 19 Mar at 13:15
Esben Mølgaard (CP3Origins, DIAS, University of Southern Denmark)
Renormalization group flows and the Weyl consistency conditionsHET journal club seminar
Esben Mølgaard
Renormalization group flows and the Weyl consistency conditions
Abstract:
In this talk, I will introduce the concept of renormalization group flow and describe the general features that can be found in such flows in (gauge)Yukawa theories. In perturbation theory, the renormalization group flow is given by the beta functions of the various couplings, and these can be calculated to different loop orders. It will become apparent that it is necessary to have a criterion that can determine the correct way to go to higher order in the multicoupling loop expansion. I propose that the Weyl consistency conditions are exactly that criterion and present both their derivation and their implication. If there is sufficient time, I will also touch upon how this affects the stability of the standard model vacuum.
My talk is based primarily on
Oleg Antipin, Marc Gillioz, Jens Krog, Esben Mølgaard, and Francesco Sannino, Standard Model Vacuum Stability and Weyl Consistency Conditions," JHEP 1308, 034 (2013a), arXiv:1306.3234 [hepph]
Esben Mølgaard and Robert Shrock, "RenormalizationGroup Flows and Fixed Points in Yukawa Theories," arXiv:1403.3058 [hepth]
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Date: Wednesday 19 Mar
Time: 13:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 20 Mar at 14:15
Yolanda Lozano (University of Oviedo)
Hints on 5d fixed point theories from nonAbelian TdualityDiscoveryHET Seminar
Yolanda Lozano (University of Oviedo)
Hints on 5d fixed point theories from nonAbelian Tduality
Abstract:
In spite of being nonrenormalizable 5d gauge theories can be at fixed points at strong coupling, if equipped with specific gauge groups and matter content. Being strongly coupled the AdS/CFT correspondence provides a powerful tool for their study. Starting from the only 5d theory for which the AdS dual is known we use nonAbelian Tduality to generate a new AdS_6 background and explore the properties of its associated dual CFT.
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Date: Thursday 20 Mar
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud. D, Friday 21 Mar at 11:15
Elias Kiritsis (Crete University & CERN & APC, Paris)
The confining trailing stringDiscoveryHET Seminar
Elias Kiritsis (Crete University & CERN & APC, Paris)
The confining trailing string
Abstract:
We extend the holographic trailing string picture of a heavy quark to the case of a bulk geometry dual to a confining gauge theory. We compute the classical trailing confining string solution for a static as well as a uniformly moving quark. The trailing string is infinitely extended and approaches a confining horizon, situated at a critical value of the radial coordinate, along one of the spacetime directions, breaking boundary rotational invariance. We compute the equations for the fluctuations around the classical solutions, which are used to obtain boundary force correlators controlling the Langevin dynamics of the quark. The imaginary part of the correlators has a nontrivial lowfrequency limit, which gives rise to a viscous friction coefficient induced by the confining vacuum. The vacuum correlators are used to define finitetemperature dressed Langevin correlators with an appropriate highfrequency behavior.
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Date: Friday 21 Mar
Time: 11:15
Place: Aud. D
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PhD Defense
Aud. A, Friday 21 Mar at 14:00
Andreas Vigand Pedersen
PhD Defense
Andreas Vigand Pedersen
Supervisor: Niels Obers
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Date: Friday 21 Mar
Time: 14:00
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 27 Mar at 14:15
Gavin Salam (CERN, Paris LPTHE)
Towards an understanding of jet substructureDiscoveryHET Seminar
Gavin Salam (CERN, Paris LPTHE)
Towards an understanding of jet substructure
Abstract:
Jet substructure has proven itself to be an important tool to probe new physics at high scales at the LHC. It is likely to become even more essential in forthcoming LHC running at 1314 TeV. However, jet substructure approaches suffer from the drawback that they are rather complicated, making it difficult to obtain insight and reliable calculations of their behaviour.
This talk will describe progress towards understanding three key jet substructure tools, using analytical QCD methods and will show how this progress is leading to improvements in jet substructure approaches.
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Date: Thursday 27 Mar
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 1 Apr at 14:15
Lisa Glaser (NBI)
Causal sets: Discrete, nonlocal quantum gravityDiscoveryHET Seminar
Lisa Glaser (NBI)
Causal sets: Discrete, nonlocal quantum gravity
Abstract:
The causal set programme is an approach to finding a theory of quantum gravity. It replaces the differentiable manifold of general relativity with a discrete partially ordered set. In this way it is possible to discretise spacetime while retaining Lorentzian invariance. The downside is that this discretisation introduces nonlocal effects into the theory. In this talk I will give an introduction into causal set theory and talk about these nonlocal effects and first attempts to reconstruct locality.
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Date: Tuesday 1 Apr
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Wednesday 2 Apr at 13:15
Astrid Eichhorn (Perimeter)
Renormalization Group steps on the way to quantum gravityDiscoveryHET Seminar
Astrid Eichhorn (Perimeter)
Renormalization Group steps on the way to quantum gravity
Abstract:
I will discuss the Renormalization Group as a useful tool in different quantum gravity models: On the one hand, the Renormalization Group can be used to investigate asymptotically safe quantum gravity. I will review the status of this scenario, and then explain how the coupling to matter gives us a way to test it: Too many dynamical matter degrees of freedom can destroy the Renormalization Group fixed point underlying asymptotic safety. Testing beyondStandardModel scenarios at the LHC, and discovering new particles could therefore potentially rule out asymptotically safe gravity. In the second part of this talk I will explain how the Renormalization Group can be used in discrete approaches to quantum gravity, such as matrix and tensor models, where it provides a way to search for the continuum limit.
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Date: Wednesday 2 Apr
Time: 13:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Thursday 3 Apr at 14:15
Walter Winter (DESY Zeuthen)
Perspectives for neutrino oscillationsDiscoveryHET Seminar
Walter Winter
Perspectives for neutrino oscillations
Abstract:
The determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy and the leptonic Dirac CP phase are the outstanding issues in neutrino oscillation physics after the discovery of a nonzero value of theta_13. For the mass hierarchy, novel concepts have been recently drawing quite some attention. One example is a potential upgrade of the IceCube detector at the South Pole using the Earth matter effects on atmospheric neutrinos, called "Precision IceCube Next Generation Upgrade" (PINGU). For CP violation, most likely a dedicated longbaseline experiment will be needed. We discuss the prospects and challenges of these approaches, and the perspectives for neutrino oscillations in the coming years.
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Date: Thursday 3 Apr
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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NBIA Colloquium
Auditorium A, Friday 4 Apr at 14:15
Kim Sneppen
How can biodiversity be maintained?NBIA Colloquium
Kim Sneppen
How can biodiversity be maintained?
Abstract:
A central problem in ecology is to identify mechanisms that maintain biodiversity, and I shall approach it from the viewpoint of mathematical models. Simple models with "predatorprey" interactions are unsatisfactory but it is possible to obtain much larger diversity with models with cyclic interactions inspired by the children's game of "rockscissorspaper". I shall use communities of lichen on rock surfaces as a inspiration to discuss a new class of ecosystem models, in which diversity emerges when the likelihood of interactions falls below a certain critical threshold of 5.5%. The model emphasizes transient cyclic interactions as a key to creation of self organized ecological niches. In turn, these niches open up the possibility of subsequent speciation and dynamically sustained diversity.
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Date: Friday 4 Apr
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 8 Apr at 14:15
Linda Carpenter (Ohio State University)
Collider Searches for Dark Matter in the MonoEverything Search ChannelsDiscoveryHET Seminar
Linda Carpenter (Ohio State University)
Collider Searches for Dark Matter in the MonoEverything Search Channels
Abstract:
Searches for dark matter at colliders typically involve signatures with energetic initialstate radiation without visible recoil particles. Searches for monojet or monophoton signatures have yielded powerful constraints on dark matter interactions with Standard Model particles. I extend this to the monoZ, W, and Higgs signatures and reinterpret ATLAS analyses of events with missing transverse momentum to derive constraints on the dark matter interaction mass scale and nucleon cross sections. Dark matter models are explored in the context of effective field theories describing interacts via weak scale mediator particles, and are compared to existing spacebased searches for DM scenarios.
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Date: Tuesday 8 Apr
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 10 Apr at 14:15
Jacob Bourjaily (Harvard)
Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive GrassmannianDiscoveryHET Seminar
Jacob Bourjaily
Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive Grassmannian
Abstract:
In the past ten years, the study of scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory has led to a revolutionary reformulation of the subject. This revolution began with the discovery, in 2005, of a recursive expansion for scattering amplitudes (to leading order) in terms of planar, trivalent, twocolored graphscalled "onshell diagrams." Around the same time that these diagrams were first drawn by physicists, they also started to appear in the mathematical literature (for entirely independent reasons) in the context of what is known as the "positroid stratification" of Grassmannian manifolds. Recently, these two independent lines of research came together, leading to many valuable insights on both sides. In my talk, I will outline the physical ideas behind these developments, and explain the many deep connections which have been found between scattering amplitudes and the geometry and combinatorics of the positroid stratification of the Grassmannian.
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Date: Thursday 10 Apr
Time: 14:15
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 22 Apr at 14:15
Diederik Roest (Groningen)
Inflationary attractors in cosmologyDiscoveryHET Seminar
Diederik Roest
Inflationary attractors in cosmology
Abstract:
The framework of inflation has recently received spectacular observational support by the Planck and BICEP2 results. We will discuss the inflationary motivations and implications at a pedagogical level. In particular, we will focus on generic predictions of inflation and the role of universality and attractors in this framework.
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Date: Tuesday 22 Apr
Time: 14:15
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 23 Apr at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 23 Apr
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 29 Apr at 14:15
Anatoly Dymarsky (MIT)
Scale and Conformal Invariance in QFTDiscoveryHET Seminar
Anatoly Dymarsky (MIT)
Scale and Conformal Invariance in QFT
Abstract:
It is usually taken for granted that a unitary Lorentzinvariant quantum field theory without dimensionful parameters (i.e. scale invariant QFT) is conformal. In two dimensions there is indeed a proof, but so far little was known about other dimensions. I will discuss recent progress establishing conformal symmetry of scale invariant QFTs in four and potentially six dimensions.
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Date: Tuesday 29 Apr
Time: 14:15
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 30 Apr at 13:15
Blai Garolera (Barcelona)
Applied localization: Everything you always wanted to know about Wilson loops but were afraid to askHET journal club seminar
Blai Garolera
Applied localization: Everything you always wanted to know about Wilson loops but were afraid to ask
Abstract:
In this talk I will discuss some of the many applications, properties and undeniable beauty of Wilson loop operators in gauge theories, concentrating specially in superconformal quantum field theories. The main tools I will be using are the AdS/CFT correspondence and the localization technique of Witten and Pestun.
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Date: Wednesday 30 Apr
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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MSc midterm colloquium
Fb6, Tuesday 6 May at 11:15
Svavar Gunnarsson
An overview of black branesMSc midterm colloquium
Svavar Gunnarsson
An overview of black branes
Abstract:
Black branes in string theory are believed to shed important light on the quantum structure of black holes. In recent years the study of black branes has grown steadily. I will present an overview of charged black pbrane solutions in string theory as well as discuss the blackfold approach to the dynamics of black branes embedded in a background spacetime.
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Date: Tuesday 6 May
Time: 11:15
Place: Fb6
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 7 May at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 7 May
Time: 12:30
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MSc midterm colloquium
Fb6, Thursday 8 May at 11:15
Isak BuhlMortensen
Conjecturing a dual CFT description of extremal KerrMSc midterm colloquium
Isak BuhlMortensen
Conjecturing a dual CFT description of extremal Kerr
Abstract:
The evidence for an extremal Kerr/CFT is apparent in "The Kerr/CFT Correspondence" written by Monica Guica, Thomas Hartman, Wei Song, and Andrew Strominger. They conjecture that extremal Kerr black holes are holographically dual to a chiral twodimensional CFT with central charge given by the angular momentum. The conjecture is based on the existence of consistent boundary conditions for NHEK, who's asymptotic symmetry group is found to form a copy of the Virasoro algebra and hence a central charge. Furthermore the temperature to be associated with the dual CFT is found. The temperature and central charge give a microscopic entropy as prescribed by Cardy's formula, which is found to coincide with the Bekkenstein Hawking entropy, i.e a quarter of the horizon area. These steps that take us from extremal Kerr to a CFT description are summarized in this talk.
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Date: Thursday 8 May
Time: 11:15
Place: Fb6
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Thursday 8 May at 14:15
Anosh Joseph
Supersymmetric YangMills Theories on the LatticeDiscoveryHET Seminar
Anosh Joseph
Supersymmetric YangMills Theories on the Lattice
Abstract:
Certain classes of supersymmetric gauge theories, including the well known N=4 super YangMills, can be formulated on a spacetime lattice preserving exact supersymmetry. I will describe the lattice formulations of several of these theories with four, eight and sixteen supercharges with and without matter. Having a definition of supersymmetric gauge theories on the lattice would provide a window into their nonperturbative regimes. I will also briefly describe the Monte Carlo techniques used to probe these theories at strong coupling.
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Date: Thursday 8 May
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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NBIA Colloquium
Auditorium A, Blegdamsvej 17, Friday 9 May at 14:15
Peter Latham (University College London)
Neuroscience from a physicist's perspectiveNBIA Colloquium
Peter Latham
Neuroscience from a physicist's perspective
Abstract:
The brain is arguably the most complicated object we have ever
studied. So complicated, in fact, that it isn't even clear what it is
we want to know about it. Here I'll try to settle on a specific set of
problems faced by both the neuroscientist studying the brain and the
brain itself, provide a sense of how hard they are, and point the way
toward possible solutions. Along the way I'll provide background into
what we know about the brain, and why standard physics approaches
might not work so well. I'll end on an optimistic note, though:
physicists do have much to contribute to neuroscience.
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Date: Friday 9 May
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A, Blegdamsvej 17
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 14 May at 13:15
Stefano Mori (Parma)
Wilson loops on Hopf fibrations in N = 4 AdS/CFTHET journal club seminar
Stefano Mori
Wilson loops on Hopf fibrations in N = 4 AdS/CFT
Abstract:
We study the correlator of Wilson loops in N = 4 SYM in the particular setup of Hopf fibers. Depending on the angular separation between the fibers and the ratio of the radii of the 2sphere where the fibers lie different phases appear. On the string theory side of AdS/CFT conjecture, connected solutions only exist when the loops are close to one another. Taking the loops far apart, a first order phase transition take place, the disconnected solution becoming dominant. In the particular limit of coplanar circles, we find perfect agreement with known results by Gross and Ooguri. Our solution is a generalization and allow to interpolate between BPS and nonBPS configurations, possibly shedding light on the supersymmetry structure of the correlators. The system can be thought as a deformation of the ordinary antiparallel lines giving the static quarkantiquark potential, that is correctly reproduced as the fibers approach one another.
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Date: Wednesday 14 May
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Thursday 15 May at 14:30
Marius de Leeuw
Yangian symmetry and deformed amplitudesDiscoveryHET Seminar
Marius de Leeuw
Yangian symmetry and deformed amplitudes
Abstract:
In this talk I will discuss the recent Roperator approach to scattering amplitudes in N=4 SYM. This approach makes use of Yangian symmetry to construct the invariants of which scattering amplitudes are comprised. A different way of describing these Yangian invariants is via onshell diagrams and we will discuss the map between the two formalisms. We will discuss treelevel amplitudes in detail and show that they can be classified by permutations. In the end I will briefly touch upon loops.
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Date: Thursday 15 May
Time: 14:30
Place: Aud A
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PhD Defense
Aud. A, Monday 19 May at 14:15
Ara Martirosyan
Holographic threepoint functionsPhD Defense
Ara Martirosyan
Supervisor: Charlotte Kristjansen
Holographic threepoint functions
Abstract:
The main subject of this thesis is the computation of structure constants
appearing in the threepoint functions for certain type of
states/operators in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence, which is
one of the important parts of the dynamical problem in the dual theories
of the correspondence. In the spirit of understanding this problem better,
the thesis discusses the divergences appearing in the calculation of
structure constants involving two giant and one pointlike gravitons in
the string theories on AdS_5 x S^5 and AdS_4 x S^7/Z_k
backgrounds.
Coherent state approach for the treelevel calculation of structure
constants for heavyheavylight operators in the SU(2) x SU(2)
sector of the ABJM theory is carried out both on weak and strong coupling
sides of the theory.
Another remarkable determinantresult is obtained in the same sector of
ABJM theory using integrability techniques for operators with precise
anomalous dimensions.
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Date: Monday 19 May
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud. A
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud A, Tuesday 20 May at 14:15
Andrzej Wereszczynski
Three point functions and the moduli averagingDiscoveryHET Seminar
Andrzej Wereszczynski
Three point functions and the moduli averaging
Abstract:
I will show that the conventional method to calculate the OPE coefficients in the strong coupling limit for heavyheavylight operators in the N=4 SYM has to be modified by integrating the light vertex operator over the moduli space of classical solutions corresponding to the heavy states. This proposal will be tested in three examples: the BMN vacuum correlator, for folded strings on $S^5$ and for twoparticle states.
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Date: Tuesday 20 May
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud A
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 21 May at 13:15
Didina Serban (Saclay)
Three point function in N=4 SYM at weak couplingHET journal club seminar
Didina Serban
Three point function in N=4 SYM at weak coupling
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Date: Wednesday 21 May
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 27 May at 14:15
Aalok Misra (Indian Institute of Technology)
Local MQGP DynamicsDiscoveryHET Seminar
Aalok Misra (Indian Institute of Technology)
Local MQGP Dynamics
Abstract:
I first discuss a string theory construct relevant to the study of thermal QCDlike theories, used in the literature. I then discuss its uplift/oxidation, locally, from an Mtheoretic/D=11 supergravity perspective. In the process, I discuss results related to demonstrating thermodynamical stability of the construct/uplift, shear viscosity  entropy density ratio, diffusion constant (D), electrical conductivity(sigma), charge susceptibility (chi) [thereby Einstein's relation D=sigma/chi] from supergravity solutions as well twopoint
functions involving gauge field and metric fluctuations.
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Date: Tuesday 27 May
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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×  June 2014

DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Blegdamsvej 17, Tuesday 3 Jun at 14:15
James Drummond
Bootstrapping scattering amplitudes in N=4 super YangMills theoryDiscoveryHET Seminar
James Drummond
Bootstrapping scattering amplitudes in N=4 super YangMills theory
Abstract:
I will describe the relevant class of analytic functions for describing the perturbation expansion of the sixparticle amplitudes in N=4 super YangMills theory. I will show how imposing physical consistency conditions based on collinear behaviour or highenergy Regge behaviour allows us to determine the MHV amplitude up to four loops without first obtaining any loop integrand.
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Date: Tuesday 3 Jun
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A, Blegdamsvej 17
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 4 Jun at 13:15
Jørgen Rasmussen (University of Queensland)
Constructive fun with doodles: from diagram algebras to exact solutionsHET journal club seminar
Jørgen Rasmussen
Constructive fun with doodles: from diagram algebras to exact solutions
Abstract:
An informal introduction to loop models is presented. These models have become fundamental tools in the description of physical systems with nonlocal degrees of freedom such as polymers and percolation. Their basic degrees of freedom are encoded in connectivities and are thus topological in nature. As intimidating as this may sound, underlying diagram algebras offer unlimited doodling fun for the whole family and can be used to establish integrability of the associated physical models. Critical dense polymers, in particular, can subsequently be solved exactly in a way rivalled only by the Ising model.
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Date: Wednesday 4 Jun
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Tuesday 10 Jun at 14:15
Sinya Aoki
Nuclear forces from quarks and gluonsDiscoveryHET Seminar
Sinya Aoki
Nuclear forces from quarks and gluons
Abstract:
In this talk, I will introduce our recent attempt to derive the nuclear forces from quarks and gluons using numerical simulations in lattice QCD. I will first explain the strategy for how to extract potentials in quantum field theories in detail. I then employ our method to derive the nucleonnucleon potential in lattice QCD. Finally, I will discuss recent progress in the method as applied to systems such as hyperonnucleon, hyperonhyperon, mesonbaryon and three nucleons.
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Date: Tuesday 10 Jun
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 11 Jun at 13:15
Adriana Di Dato (Barcelona)
AdS/dS mapHET journal club seminar
Adriana Di Dato
AdS/dS map
Abstract:
In this talk, I will introduce a map between Einstein spaces of positive and negative curvature. Starting from a space of positive curvature with some dimensions compactified on a sphere and analytically continuing the number of compact dimensions, we obtain a space of negative curvature with a compact hyperbolic subspace, and vice versa. I will show some applications of such map as mapping pure de Sitter and Antide Sitter space, as well as black hole spacetimes with (A)dS asymptotics and perturbed versions thereof. Finally, I will conclude with a remarkable result useful for holography in dS space: the boundary of asymptotically AdS spaces is mapped to a brane in the bulk of de Sitter, and perturbations near the AdS boundary are sourced by a stress tensor confined to this brane.
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Date: Wednesday 11 Jun
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Auditorium A, Thursday 12 Jun at 14:15
Joachim Kopp (Heidelberg)
Flavor Violating Higgs DecaysDiscoveryHET Seminar
Joachim Kopp
Flavor Violating Higgs Decays
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Date: Thursday 12 Jun
Time: 14:15
Place: Auditorium A
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HET journal club lunch
Fb6, Wednesday 18 Jun at 12:30
HET journal club lunch
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Date: Wednesday 18 Jun
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DiscoveryHET Seminar
Aud. M, Thursday 19 Jun at 14:15
Ori Ganor (Berkeley)
"ChernSimons theory, Sduality, and a Tridiagonal Determinant Identity."DiscoveryHET Seminar
Ori Ganor (Berkeley)
"ChernSimons theory, Sduality, and a Tridiagonal Determinant Identity."
Abstract:
An equivalence between two Hilbert spaces will be developed: (i) the space of states of $U(1)^n$ ChernSimons theory on $T^2$ with coupling constants given by a certain class of tridiagonal matrices (with corners); and (ii) the space of ground states of strings on an associated mapping torus with $T^2$ fiber. The equality of dimensions of the two Hilbert spaces (i) and (ii) is equivalent to a known identity on determinants of tridiagonal matrices with corners. The equivalence of operator algebras acting on the two Hilbert spaces follows from a relation between the Smith normal form of the ChernSimons coupling constant matrix and the isometry group of the mapping torus, as well as the torsion part of its first homology group. The equivalence follows by studying the space of ground states of SL(2,Z)twisted circle compactifications of U(1) gauge theory, connected with a Janus configuration, and further compactified on a torus. Extension to U(n) gauge theory will also be discussed.
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Date: Thursday 19 Jun
Time: 14:15
Place: Aud. M
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Wednesday 25 Jun at 13:15
Charlotte Kristjansen (NBI)
A certain probe Dbrane model and its possible relevance for grapheneHET journal club seminar
Charlotte Kristjansen
A certain probe Dbrane model and its possible relevance for graphene
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Date: Wednesday 25 Jun
Time: 13:15
Place: Fb6
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HET journal club seminar
Fb6, Tuesday 1 Jul at 14:15
Costas Zoubos (University of Pretoria)
Marginal deformations and nonintegrabilityHET journal club seminar
Costas Zoubos
Marginal deformations and nonintegrability
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Date: Tuesday 1 Jul
Time: 14:15
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