PHYS-739 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Meineri Marco, Hogervorst Matthijs Jan

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Fall


Frequency

Every year

Summary

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.

Content

Keywords

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:

  • Formulate the bootstrap conditions on the CFT data.
  • Use the gauge/gravity duality to describe QFT phenomena.
  • Apply CFT methods to explain properties of continuous phase transitions.

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

Black board lectures and problem solving sessions.

Expected student activities

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

 

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

Small project including presentation and short written report.

Resources

Bibliography

Slava Rychkov, lectures notes on CFT, http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.05000

David Simmos-Duffin, lecture notes on CFT, http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.07982

Joao Penedones, lecture notes on AdS/CFT, https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.04948

In the programs

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

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