PHYS-739 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Augusto Penedones Fernandes João Miguel, Hogervorst Matthijs Jan, Komatsu Shota, Papadodimas Kyriakos

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Fall


Every year


This course is an introduction to the non-perturbative bootstrap approach to Conformal Field Theory and to the Gauge/Gravity duality, emphasizing the fruitful interplay between these two ideas.



gauge/gravity duality

conformal bootstrap

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Quantum Field Theory, General Relativity

Recommended courses

Advanced Quantum Field Theory

Gauge Theories and the Standard Model

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Understand the Conformal Bootstrap approach to Conformal Field Theory
  • Understand the AdS/CFT correspondence and its implications for Quantum Gravity
  • Apply Perform and explain calculations in CFT and Gravity

Teaching methods

Black board lectures and problem solving sessions.

Expected student activities

Attendance of lectures and problem solving sessions. Critical study of the material.




Slava Rychkov, lectures notes on CFT,

David Simmos-Duffin, lecture notes on CFT,

Joao Penedones, lecture notes on AdS/CFT,

In the programs

  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Conformal Field theory and Gravity
  • Lecture: 28 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 36 Hour(s)

Reference week