String/Gravity Theory Seminar

Wednesdays, 2pm

MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, Cosman Seminar room 6C-442

Organizers: Hong Liu and Henriette Elvang

Schedule (Spring 2008)

  • February 6th
    ``Global aspects of T-duality"
    Ruben Minasian, CEA, France

  • February 13th (no String/Gravity seminar)
  • February 20th
    ``Causal hydrodynamics of gauge theory plasmas from AdS/CFT "
    Makoto Natsuume, KEK Lab-Japan
  • February 27
    "Infinite-Dimensional Symmetries of Two-Dimensional Coset Models Coupled
    to Gravity"
    Christopher Pope, Texas A&M
  • March 5th
    ``Universality without symmetry "
    Pavel Kovtun, University of Victoria/MIT
  • March 12th
    ``Scattering amplitudes in N=4 super-Yang-Mills at weak and strong coupling"
    Radu Roiban, Pennsylvania State University

  • March 19th
    ``Progress in AdS(3)/CFT(2) "
    Ari Pakman, Stony Brook
  • March 26th no seminar Spring Break
  • April 2nd
    ``N-ifiction of Forces: a Holographic Perspective on Model Building "
    Herman Verlinde, Princeton
  • April 8th String seminar/Joint Tufts/CfA/MIT Cosmology seminar
    Joseph Polchincki, KITP
    ``A Matrix Model for Black Hole Thermalization"
    Pappalardo room 4-439 this week only
  • April 9th
    ``On the Quantum Geometry of the Heterotic String "
    Allan Adams, MIT-CTP
  • April 16h
    ``Building an AdS/CFT Superconductor "
    Gary Horowitz, UCSB
  • April 23rd
    "Hydrodynamics at the Horizon"
    Erik Verlinde, Harvard/ U. Amsterdam
  • April 30th
    "Fusion of conformal interfaces"
    Ilka Brunner, ETH, Zurich
  • May 7th
    "Holographic spectral functions and transport in strongly coupled plasmas"
    Andrei Starinets, IAS and U Southampton, UK
  • May 14th
    ``A bound on lifetimes of string theory vacua "
    Ben Freivogel, UC Berkeley

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