Fall 2008

Sept. 9 & 23
Cecilia Garraffo (University of Buenos Aires)
Ultraviolet corrections to the Einstein-Hilbert action

Sept. 16
Hajar Ebrahim (Brandeis University)
Black holes and qubits

Sept. 29
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis University)
Tachyon actions in string theory: a no-go theorem 

Oct. 7
Hajar Ebrahim (Brandeis University)
Quantum entropy function from AdS2/CFT1 correspondence

Oct. 14
Ian Swanson (MIT)
An overview of the closed string tachyon

Oct. 16
Herman Nicolai (AEI Potsdam)
M2 branes and maximal gauged supergravities in D=3

Oct. 21
Sean Hartnoll (Harvard University)
Holographic superconductors

Oct. 28
Matthias Wapler (Perimeter Institute)
Transport properties of holographic defects

Nov. 4
Alessandro Tomasiello (Harvard University)
AdS4 vacua in string theory, and their CFT duals

Nov. 11
Cynthia Keeler (Harvard University)
Closed string tachyon condensation in E8

Nov. 18
Howard Schnitzer (Brandeis University)
Regge behavior in N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory

Nov. 25
Delia Schwartz-Perlov (Tufts University)
The path(s) most taken: anthropic selection in the landscape

Dec. 4
Gaston Giribet (U. of Buenos Aires)
Duality between non-rational CFTs and their string theory interpretation

Dec. 11
Chethan Gowdigere (HRI Allahabad)
Explicit Calabi-Yau metrics on resolved spaces

Spring 2009

 Jan. 13
Hong Liu (MIT)
A worldsheet instanton-induced 3rd order phase transition

 Jan. 27
Stephen Naculich (Bowdoin College)
Iterative structures in N=4 SYM and N=8 supergravity amplitudes

 Feb. 3
Marcus Spradlin (Brown University)
Aspects of graviton scattering amplitudes

Feb. 9 (Monday)
Toby Wiseman (Imperial College London)
Lattice simulation of thermal D0-branes

Feb. 10
Andrew Neitzke (Harvard University)
BPS wall-crossing and 3-dimensional field theory

Feb. 17
Michael Duff (Imperial College London)
Black holes, qubits and octonions

Feb. 24
Isaac Cohen-Abbo (Brandeis University)
About the nature of dark matter and dark energy

March 3
John McGreevy (MIT)
Gravity duals of non-relativistic quantum critical points

March 10
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis University)
New approaches to numerical Calabi-Yau metrics

March 17
Frederik Denef (Harvard University)

March 24 and March 31
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis University)
Black holes and gauge theory

April 21
Nathaniel Reden (Brandeis University)
Constraints on inflation

April 28 at 2 pm
Shiraz Minwalla (TIFR)
Weak field black hole formation in asymptotically AdS spacetimes

June 23
Claudio Chamon (Boston University)
Why glasses? vs. universality in glassy dynamics

Fall 2009

Sept. 22
Gaston Giribet (University of Buenos Aires and CONICET)
The Black Holes of New Massive Gravity

Oct. 13
Hajar Ebrahim (Brandeis University)

Oct. 27
Sumit Das (University of Kentucky)
Spin models and emergent gauge fields at Lifshitz points

Nov. 3
Sakura Schafer-Nameki (KITP/UC Santa Barbara)
Constraining F-theory model building

Nov. 10
Radu Roiban (Penn State University)
On short strings in AdS_5 x S5

Spring 2010

January 26
Xi Yin (Harvard University)
Higher spin gauge theory and holography

February 2
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis University)
Holography and entanglement entropy

February 9
Wei Song (Harvard University)
The Kerr-Fermi sea

February 23, 1 pm (Joint Theory Blackboard)
Ilya Gruzberg (University of Chicago)
Quantum Hall transitions and conformal restriction

March 2
Diego Hofman (Harvard University)
Generalized Lifshitz-Kosevich scaling at quantum criticality from the holographic correspondence

March 9
Lance Dixon (SLAC)
Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity

March 16
Mboyo Esole (Harvard University)
New weak coupling limits in F-theory and non-Kodaira singular fibers

March 23
Miranda Cheng (Harvard University)
Deforming the Lifshitz Holography

April 8, 2:30 pm
Eric Bergshoeff (University of Groningen)
Massive Gravity in Three Dimensions

April 13
Simone Giombi (Harvard University)
Quantum AdS_5 x S^5 superstring in the AdS light-cone gauge

April 19, 1 pm (Joint Theory Blackboard)
Hong Liu (MIT)
From Black Holes to Strange Metals

April 27
Alex Maloney (McGill University)
Where are the Microstates of the Kerr Black Hole?

May 4
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis University)
An effective field theory for chaotic inflation

May 18
Henriette Elvang (University of Michigan)
A new approach to counterterms in N=8 supergravity

Spring 2011

January 25
Xingang Chen (Cambridge University)
Strongly coupled inflation

March 15 (note earlier start time: 1:30pm)
Dimitra Karabali (Lehman College)
Casimir Effect: Edges and Diffraction

Fall 2011

September 6
Jianyang He (Brandeis)
Holographic condensed matter theory

September 20
Brian Wecht (Harvard and Queen Mary)
Quantum Field Theory Without Lagrangians

September 27
Takemichi Okui (Florida State)
Viable gravity mediation

October 11
Horatiu Nastase (Instituto de Fisica Teorica, UNESP, Brazil)
Advances in maximally supersymmetric scattering amplitudes
Lecture 1: "Perturbative N=4 SYM and N=8 supergravity amplitudes

October 18
Ronen Plesser (Duke University)
Geometry of perturbative heterotic vacua

October 19 (Wednesday)
Horatiu Nastase (Instituto de Fisica Teorica, UNESP, Brazil)
Advances in maximally supersymmetric scattering amplitudes
Lecture 2: "AdS/CFT and applications"

November 1
Dr. Andrew Zayakin (LMU-Garching)
Exact one-loop strong coupling results for string spectrum in AdS4 x CP3 versus the all-loop Bethe Ansatz

November 8
11:00am (note that the seminar will meet in Abelson 333 today)
Dr. Ben Freivogel
Completely Stable Oscillations in Conformal Field Theories

November 29
Amit Sever (Perimeter)

Spring 2012

January 17
Zvi Bern (UCLA)
Gravity as a double copy of gauge theory

January 24
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis)
Axion monodromy

January 31
Marco Aldi (Brandeis)
Quantum sigma-model and twisted T-duality

February 7
Jacob Bourjaily (Harvard)
Quantum Field Theory and the Analytic S-Matrix, Redux

February 14
Brian Shuve (Harvard)
A WIMPy Baryogenesis Miracle

February 21
No seminar. Midterm recess.

February 28
Per Berglund (UNH)
Global Embeddings for Branes at Toric Singularities

March 6
Matt Roberts (NYU)
Entanglement entropy after a local quench: A holographic story

March 13
Massimo Porrati (NYU)
Surprises with Interacting High Spin Particles

March 20
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis)
Properties of entropy in holographic theories

March 27
Jonathan Heckman (IAS)
4D Gravity as a Twistor Matrix Model

April 3
Shamit Kachru (Stanford)
New Horizons in Holography

April 10
No seminar. Passover and spring recess.

April 17
Matt Reece (Harvard)
Supersymmetry, Naturalness, and the LHC: Where Do We Stand

April 26 at 3pm (Thursday)
Abelson 229 (note change of room)
Sam McCandlish (Brandeis)
Bending and Breaking Time Contours: A World Line Approach to Quantum Field Theory

Fall 2012

Monday, Oct. 15, 11am
Alessandro Tomasiello
A Geometric Classification of Supersymmetric Solutions in String Theory

Tuesday, November 13, 1:30pm
Shinobu Hosono (Tokyo)
Mirror symmetry of determinantal quintics inP4

Spring 2013

Jan. 15
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis)
Bose-Fermi duality and entanglement entropies

Jan. 22
Jianyang He (Brandeis)
Holographic entanglement entropy and strong subadditivity

Jan. 29 (2:30pm)
Misha Smolkin (Perimeter)
Black hole entropy vs entanglement entropy revisited

Feb. 5
Daniel Harlow (Princeton)
Quantum Computation vs. Firewalls

Feb. 12
Joe Minahan (Uppsala)
N^3 behavior from 5-dimensional super Yang-Mills

March 4 (Monday)
Alejandra Castro (Harvard)
Curiosities and Coincidences in Black Hole Physics

March 5
Silviu Pufu (MIT)
The F-theorem and monopole operators in 3d CFTs

March 6 (Wednesday)
Andrew Waldron (UC Davis) Note room change: Abelson 333
Acausality of Massive Gravity

March 12
Daniel Friedan (Rutgers)
Geometry of the 2-d renormalization group

March 19
Chris White (Glasgow)
BCJ Duality, the double copy and the soft limit

April 9
César Agón
On the Beaming of Gluonic Fields at Strong Coupling

April 16
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis)
Holography and Renormalization

April 23 (1:00pm, instead of 11am)
Emanuel Katz (Boston University)
A New Theory of Anyons