String Theory Seminar

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Tomorrow
12:45
Andrea Fontanella
Abstract

The horizon conjecture, proved in a case by case basis, states that every supersymmetric smooth horizon admits an sl(2, R) symmetry algebra. However it is unclear how string corrections modify the statement. In this talk I will present the analysis of supersymmetric near-horizon geometries in heterotic supergravity up to two loop order in sigma model perturbation theory, and show the conditions for the horizon to admit an sl(2, R) symmetry algebra. In the second part of the talk, I shall consider the inverse problem of determining all extreme black hole solutions associated to a prescribed near-horizon geometry. I will expand the horizon fields in the radial co-ordinate, the so-called moduli, and show that the moduli must satisfy a system of elliptic PDEs, which implies that the moduli space is finite dimensional.

The talk is based on arXiv:1605.05635 [hep-th] and arXiv:1610.09949 [hep-th].

 
  • String Theory Seminar
5 March 2018
12:45
Jesús Montero Aragon
Abstract

In this talk we will discuss non-Abelian T-duality as a solution generating technique in type II Supergravity, briefly reviewing its potential to motivate, probe or challenge classifications of supersymmetric solutions, and focusing on the open problem of providing the newly generated AdS brackgrounds with consistent dual superconformal field theories. These can be seen as renormalization fixed points of linear quivers of increasing rank. As illustrative examples, we consider the non-Abelian T-duals of AdS5xS5, the Klebanov-Witten background, and the IIA reduction of AdS4xS7, whose proposed quivers are, respectively, the four dimensional N=2 Gaiotto-Maldacena theories describing the worldvolume dynamics of D4-NS5 brane intersections, its N=1 mass deformations realized as D4-NS5-NS5’, and the three dimensional N=4 Gaiotto-Witten theories, corresponding to D3-D5-NS5. Based on 1705.09661 and 1609.09061.

 
  • String Theory Seminar
12 March 2018
12:00
Jim Halverson
Abstract

Breakthroughs in machine learning have led to impressive results in numerous fields in recent years. I will review some of the best-known results on the computer science side, provide simple ways to think about the associated techniques, discuss possible applications in string theory, and present some applications in string theory where they already exist. One promising direction is using machine learning to generate conjectures that are then proven by humans as theorems. This method, sometimes referred to as intelligible AI, will be exemplified in an enormous ensemble of F-theory geometries that will be featured throughout the talk.

 
  • String Theory Seminar
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