Theory Seminar

Except where otherwise noted, the seminars are held on Mondays at 11:00am in Abelson 307 (directions to Abelson). The length of the talk depends on the mode of presentation: 60 minutes for a computer talk, and 80 minutes for a blackboard talk.

Fall 2014


Sept. 8
Christoph Keller (Rutgers)
3d Gravity, Universality and Poincare Series


Sept. 15
Steven Avery (Brown)
General Bounds on the Evolution of Entanglement Entropy


Sept. 22
Dan Freedman (MIT)
Explicitly Broken Supersymmetry with Exactly Massless Moduli


Sept. 29
Jared Kaplan (Johns Hopkins)
AdS Locality, Gravity, and Black Hole Physics from the CFT Bootstrap


Oct. 6
Ida Zadeh (Brandeis)
Rényi entropies and pure quantum gravity partition functions


Oct. 13
Dam Thanh Son (U. Chicago) 
Quantum Hall effect and Newton-Cartan geometry


Oct. 20
Robert Penna (MIT)
Spinning Black Holes and the Membrane Paradigm


Oct. 27

Jie Gu (Bonn University). Rescheduled.
Braiding knots with topological string


Nov. 3
Parthasarathi Majumdar (Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University) 
Critical Mass of Neutron Stars : A Black Hole Entropic View


Nov. 10
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis)
Coarse-grained quantum dynamics


Nov. 17
Thomas Dumitrescu (Harvard)
Deformations of Superconformal Field Theories


Nov. 24
Ben Safdi (MIT)
Renyi entropy, stationarity, and entanglement of the conformal scalar


Dec. 1
Jie Gu (Bonn University)
Braiding knots with topological string


Spring 2015


Jan. 12
Robert Caldwell (Dartmouth)
The Chiral Imprint of a Cosmic Gauge Field on Primordial Gravitational Waves


Jan. 26
Igor Klebanov (Princeton)
 O(N) Models and Higher Spin AdS/CFT 


Feb. 3
Guido D'Amico (NYU)
Photon-Axion conversion in cosmic light


Feb. 9 (rescheduled to April 20)
Tracy Slatyer ( MIT)
GeV Gamma-Rays from the Central Milky Way and the Case for Annihilating Dark Matter


Feb. 23
Aron Wall (IAS)
Quantum Extremal Surfaces


Feb. 26 Special Seminar (note new location: Abelson 333)
Eric Bergsheoff (University of Groningen)


March 2
Sarah Harrison (Harvard) 


March 9
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis)


March 16
Martin Kruczenski (Purdue University)


March 23
Ilarion Melnikov (Harvard)


March 30
Tom Hartman (Cornell) 


April 13
Howard Schnitzer’s birthday celebration; details to come.


April 20
Tracy Slatyer ( MIT)
GeV Gamma-Rays from the Central Milky Way and the Case for Annihilating Dark Matter



April 27
Masoud Soroush (Brandeis)

 

Archive of Past Theory Seminars