course dates credits
AdS/CFT Apr 23 - May 24 1
teachers schedule term
Francesco Benini 10:00 - 11:15 3

Program:

  • Introduction: What is AdS/CFT?
  • Large N limit
  • Conformal symmetry
    • Primary fields, correlation functions, OPE
    • Superconformal algebras
  • Anti-de-Sitter space
    • Penrose diagrams
  • 4d N=4 SYM and strings on AdS5 x S5
  • The holographic dictionary
    • Field/Operator map
    • Correlation functions
    • Anomalies
  • Holographic renormalization
    • Weyl anomaly
  • Wilson loops
  • Non-conformal theories and confinement
    • Confining theories
    • RG flows
  • Theories at finite temperature
    • Thermal phase transitions
  • The BPS spectrum of N=4 SYM
    • 5d N=8 gauged SUGRA
  • The conifold
    • Klebanov-Witten solution
    • Dibaryons as wrapped branes
    • Klebanov-Tseytlin solution
    • Cascading RG flow
    • Klebanov-Strassler solution
  • Response functions and AdS/CMT
    • Spectral functions and transport coefficients
    • Real-time correlators from AdS/CFT
    • The holographic superconductor

Prerequisites:

  • Quantum Field Theory course
  • Supersymmetry course
  • Conformal Field Theory course
  • String Theory I course

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