23 August 2018



The school featured 4 sets of lectures on diverse aspects of string theory and the gauge/gravity correspondence. The specific topics of the lectures can be found below.

The lectures were aimed at PhD and advanced MSc students who have already studied Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity and have at least some familiarity with the AdS/CFT correspondence. Starting from this basic background, the aim is to deepen the participants' knowledge and understanding og each lecturer's research field and bring them closer to the forefront of current research in high energy theory and string theory


Pawel Caputa: "Complexity in Quantum Field Theories"

The plan of these lectures is as follows:

1. Introduction and motivation (from AdS/CFT and Quantum Information/Computation)

2. Circuit Complexity in Free QFTs.

3. The Liouville Action as Path Integral Complexity and Complexity in CFTs.


Dimitrios Giataganas: "Applications of gauge/gravity duality: Developing a generic framework"

After motivating the subject of applications of gauge/gravity dualities we will present ways, based on stability and physical conditions, to constrain the form of the physical dualities. Then we will demonstrate the introduction of quarks in the correspondence and provide examples of their related observables. Finally, we will present a framework for the study of transport coefficients, the fluctuation-dissipation phenomena and the Brownian motion of quarks, by highlighting the importance of the powerful universal relations that appear in the framework.
The lectures may be accompanied with simple and optional Mathematica files. 

Monica Guica: "T -Tbar deformations of two-dimensional Quantum Field Theories"


Vladimir Kazakov: "Conformal Fishnet Theory"

Some suggested material for the lectures:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1802.02160.pdf (This is a review so please start here)
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1512.06704.pdf (The original work on these theories)




Important Dates
Conference Duration
1 October 2018 08:00 - 5 October 2018 16:00
28 August 2018 - 21 September 2018 [CLOSED]
10th Joburg School on String Theory
Konstantinos Zoubos
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