27 February 2012
The AdS/CFT correspondence is a powerful tool to analyse strongly coupled quantum field theories. Over the past few years there has been a surge of activity aimed at finding possible applications to condensed matter systems. One focus has been to holographically realise various kinds of phases via the construction of fascinating new classes of black hole solutions. In this framework, I will discuss the possibility of describing finite temperature phase transitions leading to spontaneous breaking of translational invariance of the dual field theory at strong coupling. Along with the general setup I will also discuss specific string/M theory embeddings of the corresponding symmetry breaking modes leading to the description of such phases.
- String Theory Seminar