Description
The AdS/CFT correspondence conjectures an exact equivalence between string theories in anti-de-Sitter space and gauge theories. This correspondence and its generalizations allow one to address difficult problems of strongly coupled field theory dynamics - such as the computation of Wilson loops - using weakly coupled gravity. The other way around, it also allows one to tackle fundamental questions of gravity - such as the quantum entropy of black holes - using field theoretic methods.

A very important theoretical development of the last decade has been the advent of exact results in supersymmetric field theories using the methods of localization. These methods often reduce path-integrals to finite-dimensional integrals, which in many situations can be computed exactly. Being exact, localization results are most fruitfully applied at strong coupling, and thus provide a powerful framework for producing and exploiting AdS/CFT results. In particular, the interplay of localization and the AdS/CFT correspondence provides a fertile ground to answer precise questions about the entropy of string theoretic black holes and the expectation values of Wilson loops.

This Workshop aims to bring together experts in the areas of supersymmetric localization and holography, to provide cross fertilization and outline key directions for the future.


INVITED SPEAKERS include:

Nikolay BOBEV (KU Leuven)
Cyril N. CLOSSET (CERN)
Diego H. CORREA (UNLP-CONICET)
Justin R. DAVID (IISc Bangalore)
Bernard de WIT (Utrecht University)
Nadav DRUKKER (King's College London)
Rajesh GUPTA (King's College London)
Kiril HRISTOV (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Camillo IMBIMBO (University of Genova)
Imtak JEON (Harish-Chandra Research Institute)
Dietmar KLEMM (INFN Milano)
Alberto LERDA (INFN Torino)
James LIU (University of Michigan)
Kumar S. NARAIN (ICTP)
Ioannis N. PAPADIMITRIOU (KIAS)
Nicolo' PIAZZALUNGA (SCGP Stony Brook)
Soo-Jong REY (Seoul National University)
Valentin REYS (Milano-Bicocca)
Guillermo A. SILVA (UNLP-CONICET)
Konstantinos SKENDERIS (University of Southampton)
James SPARKS (University of Oxford)
Chiara TOLDO (UC Santa Barbara)
Cumrum VAFA (Harvard University)
Brian WILLETT (UC Santa Barbara)
Itamar YAAKOV (Kavli IPMU)
Maxim ZABZINE (Uppsala University)


The Workshop will be preceded by a School on Supersymmetric Localization, Holography and Related Topics (smr3256) from 2 to 7 July (http://indico.ictp.it/event/8560), with the goal of providing the necessary basic knowledge through a series of pedagogical lectures by individual speakers. The activity is intended for students in theoretical physics or mathematics and postdocs with knowledge of quantum field theory, general relativity and string theory.

There is no registration fee for this activity.
Go to day
  • Monday, 9 July 2018
    • 08:30 - 15:50 Monday, 9 July 2018
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 08:30 Registration & Administartive Formalities 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 09:00 Deformations of the circular Wilson loop, defect-CFT data and spectral independence 50'
        Speaker: Nadav DRUKKER (King's College London)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 09:50 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 10:20 Ladder diagrams and Wilson loop correlators 50'
        Speaker: Diego H. CORREA (UNLP-CONICET)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 11:20 The topologically twisted index on S^2 x T^2 and black strings in AdS 50'
        Speaker: James LIU (University of Michigan)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Supersymmetric partition functions for 2 ≤ d ≤ 6 and the higher dimensional A-model 50'
        Speaker: Brian WILLETT (UC Santa Barbara)
        Material: Video
      • 15:00 Localization, Wilson Loops and precision tests 50'
        Speaker: Guillermo A. SILVA (UNLP-CONICET)
        Material: Slides Video
    • 16:30 - 18:30 IGAP Inauguration Ceremony
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      Material: Announcement Programme
  • Tuesday, 10 July 2018
    • 09:00 - 15:50 Tuesday, 10 July 2018
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Holography for N=1 SQFT 50'
        Speaker: Konstantinos SKENDERIS (University of Southampton)
        Material: Video
      • 09:50 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 09:50 Poster Session 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 10:20 N=1 SQFT on curved backgrounds and rigid supersymmetry anomalies 50'
        Speaker: Ioannis N. PAPADIMITRIOU (KIAS)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 11:20 Surface operators and duality relations in N=2 gauge theories 50'
        Speaker: Alberto LERDA (INFN Torino)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Supersymmetric localization with dynamical gravitons 50'
        Speaker: Bernard de WIT (Utrecht University)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 15:00 Twisting and localization in supergravity: equivariant cohomology of BPS black holes 50'
        Speaker: Imtak JEON (Harish-Chandra Research Institute)
        Material: Slides Video
  • Wednesday, 11 July 2018
    • 09:00 - 15:00 Wednesday, 11 July 2018
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Black holes, SCFT's and Topological Strings 50'
        Speaker: Cumrun VAFA (Harvard University)
        Material: Video
      • 09:50 Group Photograph 5'
      • 09:55 Coffee Break 25' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby, outside Budinich Lecture Hall )
      • 10:20 Black holes in 4d gauged supergravity 50'
        Speaker: Dietmar KLEMM (INFN Milano)
        Material: Video
      • 11:20 Supergravity Localization and AdS Black Holes 50'
        Speaker: Valentin REYS (Milano-Bicocca)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Supergravity Localization and AdS Black Holes, part II 50'
        Speaker: Kiril HRISTOV (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
        Material: Slides Video
    • 15:00 - 16:00 SPECIAL SEMINAR
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 15:00 A New Stringy Perspective on Cosmology 1h0'
        Speaker: Cumrun VAFA (Harvard University)
        Material: Video
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018
    • 09:00 - 15:50 Thursday, 12 July 2018
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 On Newton's Constant and Interpolating Function 50'
        Speaker: Soo-Jong REY (Seoul National University)
        Material: Video
      • 09:50 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 10:20 The topological structure of supergravity 50'
        Speaker: Camillo IMBIMBO (University of Genova)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 11:20 A geometric dual of c-extremization 50'
        Speaker: James SPARKS (University of Oxford)
        Material: Video
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Boundary Conditions and Localization on AdS 50'
        Speaker: Rajesh GUPTA (King's College London)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 15:00 Supersymmetric Bolt solutions and their free energy via localization 50'
        Speaker: Chiara TOLDO (UC Santa Barbara)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 13 July 2018
    • 09:00 - 15:50 Friday, 13 July 2018
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Twisting with the flip: N=2 SYM on curved manifolds 50'
        Speaker: Maxim ZABZINE (Uppsala University)
        Material: Video
      • 09:50 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 10:20 D0-D8 brane partition functions 50'
        Speaker: Nicolo' PIAZZALUNGA (SCGP Stony Brook)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 11:20 Black hole entropy from large N twisted indices in five dimensions 50'
        Speaker: Itamar YAAKOV (Kavli IPMU)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Fibering line operators on Seifert three-manifolds 50'
        Speaker: Cyril N. CLOSSET (CERN)
        Material: Video
      • 15:00 Three Easy Pieces: Holography, Localization, and Spheres 50'
        Speaker: Nikolay BOBEV (KU Leuven)
        Material: Video