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Mon, 10 Oct 2022

12:45 - 13:45

Timelike Liouville gravity on the sphere and the disk

Teresa Bautista
(King's College London)

Liouville conformal field theory models two-dimensional gravity with a cosmological constant and conformal matter. In its timelike regime, it reproduces the characteristic negative kinetic term of the conformal factor of the metric in the Einstein-Hilbert action, the sign which infamously makes the gravity path integral ill-defined. In this talk, I will first discuss the perturbative computation of the timelike Liouville partition function around the sphere saddle and propose an all-orders result. I will then turn to the disk and present the bulk 1-point functions of this CFT, and discuss possible interpretations in terms of boundary conditions.