Collection Number S003
Collection Type Series
This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Fields and Strings.

Casimir and free energy for free fields and holographic theories in 2+1 on curved spaces

Toby Wiseman Imperial College London

We investigate putting 2+1 free and holographic theories on a product of time with a curved compact 2-d space. We then vary the geometry of the space, keeping the area fixed, at zero/finite temperature, and measure the Casimir/free energy respectively. I will begin by discussing the free theory for a Dirac fermion or scalar field on deformations of the round 2-sphere. I will discuss how the Dirac theory may arise in physical systems such as monolayer graphene. For small deformations we solve analytically using perturbation theory.

Holographic cosmology: status report

Kostas Skenderis University of Southampton

I will give an overview of holographic cosmology and discuss recent results and work in progress.

In holographic cosmology time evolution is mapped to inverse RG flow of the dual QFT. As such this framework naturally explains the arrow of time via the

monotonicity of RG flows. Properties of the RG flow are also responsible for the holographic resolution of the classic puzzles of hot big bang cosmology, such as the horizon problem, the flatness problem and the relic problem.

Black hole information, spacetime wormholes and baby universes

Henry Maxfield University of California

Hawking famously observed that the formation and evaporation of black holes appears to violate the unitary evolution of quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, it has been recently discovered that a signature of unitarity, namely the "Page curve" describing the evolution of entropy, can be recovered from semiclassical gravity. This result relies on "replica wormholes" appearing in the gravitational path integral, which are examples of spacetime wormholes studied more than 30 years ago and related to interactions with closed "baby" universes.

JT gravity at finite cutoff

Jorrit Kruthoff Stanford University

We compute the partition function of 2D Jackiw-Teitelboim (JT) gravity at finite cutoff in two ways: (i) via an exact evaluation of the Wheeler-DeWitt wave-functional in radial quantization and (ii) through a direct computation of the Euclidean path integral. Both methods deal with Dirichlet boundary conditions for the metric and the dilaton. In the first approach, the radial wavefunctionals are found by reducing the constraint equations to two first order functional derivative equations that can be solved exactly, including factor ordering.

Replica wormholes and the black hole information paradox

Edgar Shaghoulian Cornell University

The information paradox can be realized in two-dimensional models of gravity. In this setting, we show that the large discrepancy between the von Neumann entropy as calculated by Hawking and the requirement of unitarity is fixed by including new saddles in the gravitational path integral. These saddles arise in the replica method as wormholes connecting different copies of the black hole. We will discuss their appearance both in asymptotically AdS and asymptotically flat theories of gravity.

Petz map and Python’s lunch

Ying Zhao Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) - School of Natural Sciences (SNS)

We look at the interior operator reconstruction from the point of view of Petz map and study its complexity. We show that Petz maps can be written as precursors under the condition of perfect recovery. When we have the entire boundary system its complexity is related to the volume / action of the wormhole from the bulk operator to the boundary. When we only have access to part of the system, Python's lunch appears and its restricted complexity depends exponentially on the size of the subsystem one loses access to.


David Berenstein University of California

I describe a novel way to produce states associated to geodesic motion for classical particles in the bulk of AdS that arise from particular operator insertions at the boundary

at a fixed time. When extended to black hole setups, one can understand how to map back the geometric information of the geodesics back to 

the properties of these operators. In particular, the presence of stable circular orbits in global AdS are analyzed. The classical Innermost Stable Circular Orbit 

Geometry and 5d N=1 QFTs

Lakshya Bhardwaj Harvard University

I will explain that a geometric theory built upon the theory of complex surfaces can be used to understand wide variety of phenomena in five-dimensional supersymmetric theories, which includes the following:

Precision microstate counting of AdS black hole entropy

Leopoldo Pando Zayas University of Michigan

I will describe how within eleven dimensional supergravity one can compute the logarithmic correction to the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of certain magnetically charged asymptotically AdS_4 black holes with arbitrary horizon topology.  The result perfectly agrees with the dual field theory computation of the topologically twisted index in  ABJM theory and in certain theories obtained from M5 wrapping a hyperbolic 3-manifold. The extension to rotating, electrically charged AdS_4 black holes and the dual superconformal index will also be discussed.