Semester Topic: Conformal Field Theory
In selected weeks, we will have formal seminar talks by external speakers. All other talks in the HEP seminar are held by students for students. Clearly, faculty members will also participate. The format is informal. The talks are 45 minutes long, plus a generous amount of discussion time.
Location: 338 Gallalee Hall
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Some references:
Joshua Qualls’ lecture notes
[https://arxiv.org/pdf/1511.04074.pdf]
DiFrancesco/Mathieu/Senechal – Conformal Field Theory
[https://www.amazon.com/ConformalTheoryGraduateContemporaryPhysics/dp/1461274753]
Schedule
Date  Speaker  Topic 

Jan 18  Jorge Fernandes Pendas (IFT UAM/CSIC Madrid)  Anomalous transport out of equilibrium – Abstract 
Jan 25  Markus Garbiso (UA)  Introduction and Motivation 
Feb 01  Rachalis Maharucksit (UA) 
CFT in more than 2 dimensions 
Feb 08  Chuang Xu (UA) 
CFT in 2 dimensions

Feb 15  Casey Cartwright (UA)  CFT in 2 dimensions – continued – Notes 
Feb 22  Taoli Liu (UA)  CFT on the Torus – Notes 
Mar 01  Masato Arai (Yamagata University) 
Vacua and walls of massdeformed Kähler nonlinear sigma models Sp(N)/U(N) – Abstract 
Mar 08  Victor Baules (UA)  Simple Examples of CFTs 
Mar 15  —  Spring Break 
Mar 22  Roshan Koirala (UA)  Conformal Bootstrap 
Mar 29  Desmond Villalba (UA)  Conformal Bootstrap & Applications 
Apr 05  Richard Eager (IPMU Tokyo)  Hidden exceptional symmetry in the pure spinor superstring (Honors Day) 
Apr 12  —  No seminar. 
Apr 19  Prof. Dr. Shinsuke Kawai (Sungkyunkwan U., Korea)  Dynamical systems in GaussBonnet gravity 
Apr 26  Everyone  Discussion: Evaluation of this term / Plan for next term 
Previous HEP Theory Seminars
Semester  Topic  

Fall 2018  Anomalies in Quantum Field Theory  
Spring 2018  Quantum field theory in curved spacetime  
Fall 2017  Supersymmetry  
Spring 2017  Synergy – different views on the same topic  
Fall 2016  Limitations of quantum field theory  