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Thursday, May 05, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)

Seminar

KAC Memorial Lecture: Gauge-gravity duality and its applications

Subir Sachdev
Harvard University

One of the remarkable new ideas to emerge from string theory has been the duality between the quantum theory of gravity in a negatively curved spacetime, and a gauge theory on the boundary of the spacetime. This duality maps experimentally relevant questions on the dynamics of quantum criticality to physics near the horizon of a black hole. These ideas have provided a new physical perspective on quantum criticality. I will give an overview of these developments and discuss their prospects for describing strongly-interacting quantum critical points.

Host: Robert Ecke, CNLS, 667-1444, ecke@lanl.gov