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## "Null Wilson loop with Lagrangian insertion in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory"

## Dr. Dmitry Chicherin, Annecy LAPTH

**May 18, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Null Wilson loops in N = 4 super Yang-Mills are dual to planar scattering amplitudes. The duality holds at the level of their finite four-dimensional loop integrands as well as for the integrated observables with properly regularized infrared and cusp divergences. We consider a closely related infrared-finite four-dimensional observable which interpolates between the integrand and the fully loop-integrated quantity. It is defined as the null polygonal Wilson loop with a Lagrangian insertion normalized by the Wilson loop without insertion. Unlike the ratio and remainder functions of N = 4 super Yang-Mills amplitudes, this observable is non-trivial already at four points and it is reminiscent of finite parts of QCD amplitudes. We discuss the general structure of this n-point observable at weak coupling. At n>4, the loop corrections have rich kinematics. Indeed, there are several leading singularities and the accompanying loop functions are multivariable transcendental functions. We discuss a Grassmannian representation for the leading singularities and reveal their conformal and dual conformal symmetries. We conjecture a duality relation between the observable and the highest transcendentality piece of the planar all-plus amplitude in pure Yang-Mills theory. We test the duality using the one-loop n-point and two-loop four-point perturbative data for the observable. Relying on the duality, we predict the highest weight piece of the three-loop five-particle all-plus amplitude.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Quantum states and their back-reacted geometries"

## Prof. Sergey Solodukhin, University of Tours

**May 11, 2022 (Wednesday)**

A black hole quantum state (Hartle-Hawking or Boulware) is usually defined in a fixed background of a classical black hole. In my talk I will discuss the corresponding space-time geometry when the back-reaction is taken into account. The important questions include: does the back-reacted geometry always contain a horizon?; how it depends on the choice of the quantum state?; and what is the right choice for the quantum state for the non-physical fields such as ghosts? I will answer these and other questions in the context of a two-dimensional dilaton gravity. The talk is based on a joint recent work with D. Sarkar and Y. Potaux, arXiv:2112.03855.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "How Pauli-Villars’ regularization tells the Nambu-Goto and Polyakov strings apart"

## Dr. Makeenko Yuri M, ITEP Moscow

**April 27, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: It is known since 1980s that both lattice regularizations and the KPZ-DDK technique work for bosonic strings only in target-space dimension d<2. I discuss first that the classical string ground state is unstable for d>2, where another quantum ground state has lower energy and is stable under fluctuations for d<26. Then I consider high-derivative corrections to the Liouville action emerging from higher orders of the Seeley expansion and show at one loop that the KPZ-DDK technique tells the Nambu-Goto and Polyakov strings apart.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Recursion Relations for Five-Point Conformal Blocks and Beyond: A Practical Approach"

## Dr. Valentina Prilepina, ITMP

**April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk, I will consider five-point functions in conformal field theories (CFTs) in d > 2 spacetime dimensions. I will put forward a concrete and practical approach to computing global conformal blocks that appear in five-point functions of arbitrary scalar operators in general CFTs. By exploiting the weight-shifting operator formalism, I will construct a simple set of recursion relations for generating five-point blocks for arbitrary symmetric traceless exchange, which may be utilized to reduce such blocks to linear combinations of scalar exchange blocks with shifted external dimensions. Throughout, I will restrict attention to parity-even five-point functions in parity-preserving CFTs. Our results may be seen as a natural generalization of the work of Dolan and Osborn to the 5-point case. Moving beyond the external scalar case, I will consider how to promote one of the external scalars to a spin-1 or a spin-2 operator. I will show a way to derive additional recursion relations which encode these blocks in terms of combinations of weight shifting operators acting on the seed blocks for external scalars. I will comment on one possible application of these results. Lastly, I will reach beyond five-point functions to describe some ongoing work on generalizations of such techniques to six-point functions. I will also comment on our current attempts to bootstrap the 3D Ising model via five-point blocks.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Exact quantization"

## Barak Gabai, Harvard University

**April 13, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: 1d Hamiltonian problems are classically-integrable by definition. A manifestation of that is the fact that we can always use action-angle coordinates to parametrize the phase space. A generalization of the action variables to QM is not immediately obvious. In the presentation I will explain how to define rigorous quantities that can be thought of as the quantum action variables and how to write down an integral equation that determines their values, for a large class of 1d Schrodinger problems. Then, I will argue that these objects encode all of the dynamical information about the Quantum system, and explain how to extract the spectrum. The results are exact and rigorous.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Anomaly-free scale symmetry and gravity"

## Prof. Mikhail Shaposhnikov, EPFL Lausanne

**April 6, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: What is the global symmetry of Nature? In the absence of gravity, the most obvious answer to this question is given by special relativity and is associated with the Poincare transformations. As was noted a long time ago, the free Maxwell equations have a wider symmetry group - the 15 parameters conformal invariance, containing in addition to ten Poincare generators, four special conformal transformations, and dilatations. Dilatations change the length of the rulers, while special conformal transformation can bend the lines but do not alter the angles between them. Could it be that the symmetry of all interactions is conformal? We show that conformal symmetry can be made free from the quantum anomaly only in the flat space. The presence of gravity would reduce the global symmetry group of the fundamental theory to the scale invariance only. We discuss how the effective Lagrangian respecting the scale symmetry can be used for the description of particle phenomenology and cosmology.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Graviton Scattering in AdS at Two Loops"

## Dr. Ellis Ye Yuan, Zhejiang University

**March 30, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will present a preliminary result on the third-order correction in 1/N expansion to the four-point correlator of the stress tensor multiplet in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory at large 't Hooft coupling, which corresponds to the two-loop scattering of four gravitons in the dual AdS5×S5 supergravity. This is obtained by bootstrapping an educated ansatz based on intuitions from a hidden 10-dimensionthe conformal symmetry, which I will describe in detail.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 30 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "On moduli stabilisation, de Sitter spacetime and inflation from string compactifications"

## Prof. Fernando Quevedo, Cambridge University

**March 23, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: An overview of the different attempts to stabilise the moduli fields, measuring the size and shape of the extra dimensions in string theory, will be given. The extension of these techniques towards obtaining de Sitter spacetime and a period of early universe inflation will be highlighted, emphasizing recent progress and open challenges.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 23 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "On AdS3 Holography"

## Jan Troost, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

**March 16, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will provide a conceptual tour of our recent work on holography in asymptotically AdS3 space-times. I will discuss a proposed conformal field theory dual of pure AdS3 gravity, how to implement topological twisting in quantum theories of supergravity and I will touch upon the determination of the energy of asymptotic winding strings in black holes in AdS3 space-time.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 16 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Quantum Gravity on a Manifold with boundaries: Schrödinger Evolution and Constraints"

## Dr. Jose Alejandro Rosabal, ITMP MSU

**March 9, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this work, we derive the boundary Schr¨odinger (functional) equation for the wave function of a quantum gravity system on a manifold with boundaries. From a detailed analysis of the gravity boundary condition on the spatial boundary, we find that while the lapse and the shift functions are independent Lagrange multipliers on the bulk, on the spatial boundary, these two are related; namely, they are not independent. In the Hamiltonian ADM formalism, a new Lagrange multiplier, solving the boundary conditions involving the lapse and the shift functions evaluated on the spatial boundary, is introduced. The classical equation of motion associated with this Lagrange multiplier turns out to be an identity when evaluated on a classical solution of Einstein’s equations. On the other hand, the quantum counterpart is a constraint equation involving the gravitational degrees of freedom defined only on the boundary. This constraint has not been taken into account before when studying the quantum gravity Schr¨odinger evolution on manifolds with boundaries.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "Horava gravity as palladium of locality, unitarity and renormalizability: methods and results"

## Dr. Andrei O. Barvinsky, Lebedev Institute, ITMP

**March 2, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We discuss problems of covariant renormalization of Lorentz non-invariant Horava gravity models. Projectable version of these models in generic spacetime dimensions is shown to maintain UV renormalizability, locality and unitarity, which is based on the BRST structure of renormalization in a special class of regular background covariant gauges. Renormalization group flow with the asymptotically free UV fixed point is presented in (2+1)-dimensional theory. Beta functions of (3+1)-dimensional theory are obtained by the combination of dimensional reduction and the method of universal functional traces. They feature fixed points with several candidates for asymptotic freedom and also suggest an intriguing connection between the (3+1)-dimensional Horava gravity with detailed balance and gravitational Chern-Simons/topological massive gravity.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "An Overview of Quadratic Gravity"

## Prof. John F. Donoghue, University of Massachusetts

**February 16, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Quadratic Gravity is a renormalizeable UV completion of quantum gravity which retains the metric as the fundamental field. However, it appears that it must violate at least one property which we normally expect for our quantum field theories. I will give an overview of work analyzing the theory, and of the remaining unknown aspects of its QFT treatment.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 16 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "$J\bar T$ - deformed CFTs as non-local CFTs"

## Dr. Monica Guica, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Saclay

**January 26, 2022 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will start with a review of TTbar and JTbar - deformed CFTs and their holographic interpretation. I will then show that both TTbar and JTbar - deformed CFTs possess Virasoro x Virasoro symmetry. For the case of JTbar, I will discuss the classical realization of these symmetries in terms of field-dependent coordinate transformations and show how the associated generators can be used to define an analogue of "primary" operators in this non-local theory, whose correlation functions are entirely fixed in terms of those of the undeformed CFT.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Classical solutions and semiclassical expansion of non-relativistic strings in AdS5xS5"

## Dr. Andrea Fontanella, ITMP

**December 15, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: The S-matrix of a theory is a key object to compute, since it encodes many physical properties of it. In this talk we present some recent work which aims to pave the ground towards an S-matrix computation for non-relativistic strings in AdS5xS5. After introducing some key features of the non-relativistic theory, we shall first address the question of how classical string solutions look like in this theory. We shall point out that every solution has a common feature, due to solving the equations of motion for the Lagrange multiplier fields. Some string solutions with closed and twisted boundary conditions will be presented, which represent the non-relativistic (and twisted) analogue of the BMN and GKP solutions for the relativistic theory. The second part of the talk focusses on the perturbative expansion in large string tension of the action around the twisted BMN-like solution. To perform this expansion we shall fix light-cone gauge and also additionally expand in large AdS radius.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 17:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "A Puncture in the Euclidean Black Hole"

## Prof. Nissan Itzhaki, Tel Aviv University

**December 8, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We consider the backreaction of the winding zero mode on the cigar geometry. We focus on the case of the $SL(2,R)_k/U(1)$ cigar associated with e.g. the near-horizon limit of $k$ NS5 black-branes. We solve the equations of motion numerically in the large $k$ limit as a function of the amplitude of the winding mode at infinity. We find that there is a critical amplitude $C_c=\exp(-\gamma/2)$ that admits a critical solution. The exact CFT description of the $SL(2,R)_k/U(1)$ cigar, in particular the FZZ duality, fixes completely the winding amplitude. We find that in the large $k$ limit there is an exact agreement $C_c=C_{FZZ}$. The critical solution is a cigar with a puncture at its tip; consequently, the BH entropy is carried entirely by the winding condensate. We argue that, in the Lorentzian case, the information is ejected from the black hole through this puncture.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 8 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Disforming the Kerr metric"

## Dr. Timothy Anson, ITMP

**December 1, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Starting from a recently constructed stealth Kerr solution of higher order scalar tensor theory, I will present disformal versions of the Kerr spacetime with a constant disformal factor and a regular scalar field. While the disformed metric has only a ring singularity and asymptotically is quite similar to Kerr, it is neither Ricci-flat nor circular. Non-circularity has far reaching consequences on the structure of the solution. In particular, I will discuss the properties of important hypersurfaces in the disformed spacetime: ergosphere, stationary limit and event horizon, and highlight the differences with the Kerr metric. I will also mention experimental signatures of these spacetimes.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "Infinite symmetries and Ward identities in celestial holography"

## Dr. Hongliang Jiang, Queen Mary University of London

**November 24, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Celestial holography reformulates the scattering amplitude holographically in terms of celestial conformal field theory living at boundary null infinity, thus opening up an interesting and promising avenue towards flat holography. In this talk, I will discuss various aspects of symmetry and their implications in celestial holography. I will first discuss how to realize the global symmetry of spacetime in celestial CFT, ranging from Poincare to conformal symmetry, and further to the superconformal symmetry of N=4 SYM. Then I will study the asymptotic symmetries from the celestial conformal field theory point of view. More specifically, by focusing on the soft sector of celestial OPEs, I will derive an infinite-dimensional symmetry algebra, dubbed holography chiral algebra, in supersymmetric Einstein-Yang-Mills theory. In the case of pure Einstein gravity, the holography chiral algebra turns out to be the w_{1+∞} algebra. These infinite symmetries give rise to infinite Ward identities in celestial CFT, which are equivalent to infinite soft theorems in scattering amplitudes. Finally, I will also derive general formulae for celestial OPEs and the corresponding Ward identities arising from arbitrary cubic interactions of three spinning massless particles.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 24 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Colour-kinematic duality, double copy and homotopy algebras"

## Dr. Tommaso Macrelli, Surrey University

**November 17, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: While colour-kinematic duality and double copy are a well established paradigm at tree level, their loop level generalisation remained for a long time an unsolved problem. Lifting the on-shell, scattering amplitude-based description to an action-based approach, we show that a theory that exhibits tree level colour-kinematic duality can be reformulated in a way such that its loop integrands manifest colour-kinematic duality. After a review of Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism and homotopy algebras, we discuss how these structures emerge in quantum field theory and gravity. We focus then on the application of these sophisticated mathematical tools to colour-kinematic duality and double copy, introducing an adequate notion of colour-kinematic factorisation. This talk is based on arXiv:2007.13803 [hep-th], arXiv:2102.11390 [hep-th], arXiv:2108.03030 [hep-th].

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Surface operators in the 6d N=(2,0) theories"

## Dr. Maxime Trepanier, ITMP

**November 10, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: One of the surprising predictions of string theory is the existence of QFTs in 6d with superconformal symmetry known as the 6d N=(2,0) theories. These theories contain surface operators which are analogous in many ways to Wilson loops in gauge theories. In this talk I will discuss some of the properties of these operators that make them ideal observables to learn about the 6d N=(2,0) theories. After reviewing the simplest example (the sphere) both in field theory and in holography, I will discuss how supersymmetry helps to find the holographic description for more complicated surface operators. In particular, in my recent work we found the holographic description for a class of tori, and their expectation value captures a 6d analog of the quark-antiquark potential.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "Love and Naturalness"

## Dr. Mikhail Ivanov, Princeton IAS & INR RAS

**November 3, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Tidal Love numbers of a compact body capture multipole moments induced by external gravitational fields. Also they appear as Wilson coefficients in the post-Newtonian effective field theory of extended objects. It has been known for a decade that Love numbers vanish identically for black holes in four dimensions, which posed a major naturalness problem in the EFT context. In my talk, I will present a new hidden (“Love”) symmetry of black holes, which elegantly resolves this naturalness paradox.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Stress tensor and conformal correlators"

## Prof. Andrei Parnachev, Trinity College Dublin

**October 27, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will describe a calculation of the contributions of stress tensor composites to correlators in CFTs (in d>2) with a large number of degrees of freedom, including holographic CFTs. Implications for holography, thermalization and possible higher spin symmetries relevant for near lightcone correlators will be discussed.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "Sigma models as Gross-Neveu models"

## Dr. Dmitry Bykov, Steklov Mathematical Institute, ITMP MSU

**October 20, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will show that there is a wide class of integrable sigma models that are exactly and explicitly equivalent to bosonic Gross-Neveu models. In full generality these are models with quiver variety phase spaces, but the familiar CP^n, Grassmannian or flag manifold sigma models belong to this class as well. This approach leads to a new take on topics such as RG (Ricci) flow, construction of integrable deformations and the inclusion of fermions. In particular, it provides a way of obtaining worldsheet SUSY theories from target space SUSY theories by means of a supersymplectic quotient.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 20 at 18:00. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

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## "Unitarization in Kaluza Klein theory and the Geometric Bootstrap"

## Dr. Kurt Hinterbichler, Case Western Reserve University

**October 13, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: The infinite towers of massive particles present in Kaluza Klein reductions of Einstein gravity conspire to soften the high-energy behavior of the scattering of massive spin-2 states. The mechanism by which this occurs leads to a bootstrap procedure, analogous to the conformal bootstrap, that yields new non-trivial constraints on the eigenvalue spectra of closed Einstein manifolds.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Non-perturbative gravitational effects in cosmology"

## Dr. Victor Gorbenko, Stanford University

**October 6, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will start with reviewing some recent progress in understanding the black hole evaporation with the help of gravitational path integral methods. It turns out that for certain observables, for example the so-called Page curve for the BH entropy, higher-topology saddle points of the gravitational path integral produce important and calculable contributions. I will then discuss potential applications of similar ideas in cosmology and when such non-perturbative effects may be relevant. Then, I will demonstrate a concrete calculation in a simple toy-model, where a bra-ket wormhole, that is a connection between the bra and the ket of the wave function of the universe arises.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged in the hybrid format. The talk will take place in ITMP, room G-725 while it will also be possible to participate online via Zoom.

## "Black holes in scalar-tensor theories"

## Dr. Eugeny Babichev, The University Paris-Saclay

**September 29, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will review black hole solutions in Horndeski theory and its extensions. For shift symmetric theories of Horndeski and beyond Horndeski theory, black holes involve several classes of nontrivial solutions: those that include, at the level of the action, a linear coupling to the Gauss-Bonnet term and those that involve time dependence in the scalar field. I will describe black hole solutions of both classes in some detail. I will also review and discuss recent results on hairy black holes in particular subclasses of the theory.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 29 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Black holes on a conifold with fluxes"

## Prof. Alex Buchel, Perimeter Institute

**September 22, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We present a comprehensive analysis of the black holes on warped deformed conifold with fluxes in Type IIB supergravity. These black holes realize the holographic dual to thermal states of the N = 1 supersymmetric SU(N) × SU(N + M) cascading gauge theory of Klebanov et al on round S^3 . There are three distinct mass scales in the theory: the strong coupling scale Λ of the cascading gauge theory, the compactification scale µ = 1/L_3 (related to the S^3 radius L_3 ) and the temperature T of a thermal state. Depending on Λ , µ and T , there is an intricate pattern of confinement/deconfinement (Hawking-Page) and the chiral symmetry breaking phase transitions.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 22 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Comments on Large Charge and N=4 SYM"

## Dr. Shota Komatsu, CERN and Princeton IAS

**June 16, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will discuss three topics on the large charge limit of N=4 super Yang-Mills and its holographic dual. First, I will discuss what we can learn from holography about general structures of the large-charge expansion of SCFT with higher-rank gauge groups. Second, I will briefly discuss the double-scaling limit and their relation to the central extension of the symmetry. Third I will explain how the ideas from the large-charge expansion help to resolve confusions in the literature on the holographic computation of correlation functions of heavy operators dual to D-branes in AdS.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Integrable Systems and Spacetime Dynamics"

## Kristiansen Lara, University of Santiago, Chile

**June 9, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: It is shown that the Ablowitz-Kaup-Newell-Segur (AKNS) integrable hierarchy can be obtained as the dynamical equations of three-dimensional General Relativity with a negative cosmological constant. This geometrization of AKNS system is possible through the construction of novel boundary conditions for the gravitational field. These are invariant under an asymptotic symmetry group characterized by an infinite set of AKNS commuting conserved charges. Gravitational configurations are studied by means of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ conjugacy classes. Conical singularities and black hole solutions are included in the boundary conditions. Based on https://arxiv.org/abs/2104.09676.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Celestial CFT Correlators and Conformal Block Decomposition"

## Dr. Angelos Fotopoulos, Northeastern University, Boston

**June 2, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will shortly review the connection of the Bondi-van der Burg-Metzner-Sachs (BMS) symmetry group of asymptotically flat four-dimensional spacetimes at null infinity to the S-matrix of elementary particles and gravitons.

Applying Mellin transformations to traditional, momentum space amplitudes we can compute celestial amplitudes. These are conjectured to correspond to correlators of conformal primary fields on a putative two-dimensional celestial sphere. I will elaborate on the proposal of flat holography in which four-dimensional physics is encoded in two-dimensional celestial conformal field theory (CCFT). The symmetry underlying CCFT is the extended BMS symmetry of (asymptotically) flat spacetime. I will show how to use soft and collinear theorems of Einstein-Yang-Mills theory to derive the OPEs of BMS field operators generating the symmetries of the BMS group, superrotations and supertranslations.

In the second part of my talk, time permitted, I will discuss a proposal for radial quantization of the CCFT and I will present an attempt to decompose gluon celestial amplitudes in conformal blocks. This will reveal some very interesting aspects of the Celestial CFT: the emergence of new operators in the theory and space-time scattering channels which lead to continuous complex spin primary fields. The space-time interpretation of these operators is still unclear. Moreover, CFT crossing symmetry and its relation to four-dimensional spacetime crossing symmetry of the S-matrix are some interesting open problems.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at 19:30. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Inflation and reheating with Higgs inflation and related models"

## Dr. Fedor Bezrukov, University of Manchester

**May 26, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Using the Higgs field for inflation is an economic way to solve two problems with one scalar field -- Higgs field is require in the Standard Model, and a scalar field is the simplest method to drive inflation of the early Universe. However, consistent attempt to do this takes us to the limits of validity of the quantum field theory, and significant problems with the reheating after inflation. I’ll discuss the ways to deal with this by combining the theory with R^2 gravitational terms, and describe the highly nontrivial dynamics of the system after inflation.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Probing boundary states at finite coupling"

## Dr. Edoardo Vescovi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University

**May 19, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk, we calculate exactly the correlation function of a Wilson loop operator and a local non-BPS operator in planar N=4 SYM. First, we introduce an effective theory for such observable in free theory and we reformulate the gauge-theory computation as an overlap between an energy eigenstate of a spin-chain and a matrix product state. The form of the result supports the interpretation of the correlator as an overlap between an integrable boundary state, which we determine using symmetry and integrability, and the state corresponding to the single-trace operator. Second, we explain how to formulate a non-perturbative bootstrap program based on the results obtained in this framework. We also discuss two applications of the effective theory to the four-point function of determinant operators in N=4 SYM, as well as to all-loop determinant correlators in the fishnet theory.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Thermal correlators in CFT and black holes"

## Prof. Jorge Guillermo Russo, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies and University of Barcelona, Barcelona

**May 12, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We describe the computation of thermal 2-point correlation functions in the black brane AdS5 background dual to 4d CFT's at finite temperature for operators of large scaling dimension. This gives rise to a formula that matches the expected structure from the OPE. The thermal 2-point function has an exponentiation property, whose origin we explain. We also compute the first correction to the two-point function due to graviton emission, which encodes the time travel to the black hole singularity.

We will also discuss some interesting features of higher-point functions.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Exceptional world-volume currents and their algebras"

## Dr. David Osten, ITMP

**May 5, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: After a short review of exceptional generalised geometry I will introduce a unified setup for a duality-covariant Hamiltonian formulation of world-volume theories of objects in string and M-theory. Based on https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.03267

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 5 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Models for a vast energy range: particles meet gravity and cosmology"

## Dr. Alberto Salvio, University of Rome Tor Vergata

**April 21, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will discuss models valid over a vast energy range by following 2 strategies. In one approach (bottom-up) I will illustrate the main phenomenological aspects of a scenario where one adds to the Standard Model 3 right-handed neutrinos and an axion sector. This can account for neutrino oscillations, dark matter, baryogengesis, inflation and can also stabilize the electroweak vacuum. In another, more ambitious approach, I will talk about a scenario where all couplings flow to zero at infinite energy (total asymptotic freedom). The corresponding phenomenology of this top-down approach will also be treated.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Losing the trace to discover dynamical Newton or Planck constants"

## Dr. Alexander Vikman, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

**April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will discuss our recent work e-Print: 2011.07055. There we showed that promoting the trace part of the Einstein equations to a trivial identity results in the Newton constant being an integration constant. Thus, in this formulation the Newton constant is a global dynamical degree of freedom which is also a subject to quantization, quantum fluctuations and the Heisenberg uncertainty relations. This is similar to what happens to the cosmological constant in the unimodular gravity where the trace part of the Einstein equations is lost in a different way. I will consider a constrained variational formulation of these modified Einstein equations. Then, drawing on analogies with the Henneaux-Teitelboim action for unimodular gravity, I will discuss different general-covariant actions resulting in these dynamics. In this approach, it turned out that the inverse of the dynamical Newton constant is canonically conjugated to the Ricci scalar integrated over spacetime. Surprisingly, instead of the dynamical Newton constant one can formulate an equivalent theory with a dynamical Planck constant. Finally, I will show that an axion-like field can play a role not only of the cosmological constant, as in e-Print: 2001.03169, but also of the Newton constant or even of the Planck constant.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 14 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Supergravity excitations of stringy geometries"

## Associate Prof. Oleg Lunin, SUNY-Albany

**April 7, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Motivated by the desire to understand the dynamics of light modes on various gravitational backgrounds, this talk summarizes recent results concerning properties of scalar, vector, and tensor excitations of black holes and integrable stringy geometries. For rotating black holes and for certain Wess-Zumino-Witten models, full separability of all dynamical equations is demonstrated, and symmetries underlying this property are uncovered. For other classes of integrable backgrounds, the energy spectra of various fields are evaluated, and the algebraic constructions of the corresponding eigenfunctions are presented.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 7at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Integrated four-point correlators in N=4 SYM"

## Dr. Congkao Wen, Queen Mary University of London

**March 31, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss integrated correlators of four superconformal primaries in N=4 super Yang-Mills, that are defined by integrating over spacetime coordinates of the four-point correlator with certain integration measures. The integrated correlators can be computed using supersymmetric localisation, which are expressed as N-dimensional matrix-model integrals. We will mostly focus on one of the integrated correlators. We find that this integrated correlator can be presented as a lattice sum, which makes manifest the SL(2, Z) modular invariance of N=4 SYM. Furthermore, the integrated correlator obeys a remarkable Laplace-difference equation, which relates the correlator of SU(N) theory with those of SU(N-1) and SU(N+1) theories. The expression allows us to obtain exact results of the integrated correlator in various limits. For instance, in perturbation, the expression is checked to be consistent with known results in the literature; in the large-N limit, it is shown to match with the expected results from string theory due to AdS/CFT duality.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Towards the Virasoro-Shapiro Amplitude in AdS5xS5"

## Prof. Paul Heslop, Durham University

**March 24, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We propose a systematic procedure for obtaining all single trace 1/2-BPS correlators in N=4 super Yang-Mills corresponding to the four-point tree-level amplitude for type IIB string theory in AdS5xS5. The underlying idea is to compute generalised contact Witten diagrams coming from a 10d effective field theory on AdS5xS5 whose coefficients are fixed by the flat space Virasoro-Shapiro amplitude up to ambiguities related to commutators of the 10d covariant derivatives which require additional information such as localisation. We illustrate this procedure by computing stringy corrections to the supergravity prediction for all single trace 1/2-BPS correlators up to O(α′7), and spell out a general algorithm for extending this to any order in α′.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Chaotic scattering with a highly excited string"

## Dr. Vladimir Rosenhaus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

**March 17, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Motivated by the desire to understand chaos in the S-matrix of string theory, we study tree level scattering amplitudes involving highly excited strings. While the amplitudes for scattering of light strings have been a hallmark of string theory since its early days, scattering of excited strings has been far less studied. Recent results on black hole chaos, combined with the correspondence principle between black holes and strings, suggest that the amplitudes have a rich structure. We review the procedure by which an excited string is formed by repeatedly scattering photons off of an initial tachyon. We compute the scattering amplitude of one arbitrary excited string decaying into two tachyons, and study its properties for a generic excited string. We find the amplitude is highly erratic as a function of both the precise excited string state and of the tachyon scattering angle.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 17 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Spinning and spinless two-particle dynamics from gravitational scattering amplitudes"

## Prof. Radu Roiban, Penn State University

**March 10, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In the appropriate classical limit, scattering amplitude-based techniques can yield the classical interaction of massive bodies at fixed order in the post-Minkowskian expansion.

In this talk we review a framework for the construction of the two-body Hamiltonian for compact binary systems and illustrate it with state of the art results for both spinning and spinless systems. Throughout we emphasize structure of gravitational interactions and direct relations between scattering amplitudes and observables of two-particle dynamics.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 10 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "O(D,D) and string alpha'-corrections"

## Linus Wulff, Masaryk University

**March 3, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: String theory on a d-dimensional torus features an O(d,d) symmetry. It has been suggested that the low-energy effective action can be formulated with a larger O(D,D) symmetry, even before putting the theory on a torus. This approach, which goes by the name of Double Field Theory (DFT), has proven very useful. I will address the problem of constructing higher derivative invariants in this formalism. In agreement with the literature we find that a quadratic Riemann invariant can be constructed, which can account for the first alpha'-correction to the bosonic and heterotic string. However, we find that no cubic or quartic Riemann invariants can be constructed. This suggests that the quartic Riemann terms arising at order alpha'^3 in string theory do not have a DFT embedding.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Gravity as a double copy of gauge theory"

## Ricardo Monteiro, Queen Mary University of London

**February 24, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Relations expressing gravity as a "double copy" of gauge theory appeared first in string theory, and have been used to compute scattering amplitudes in theories of gravity, with applications to both theory and phenomenology. I will discuss how the double copy extends to solutions to the equations of motion, including our best known black hole spacetimes, and how this story connects to the original story for scattering amplitudes.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Holographic correlators and emergent Parisi-Sourlas supersymmetry"

## Xinan Zhou, Princeton University

**February 17, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk, I will first review the recent progress in computing holographic four-point correlators in maximally supersymmetric CFTs. I will introduce the so-called Maximally R-symmetry Violating (MRV) limit, in which the Mellin amplitudes drastically simplify and become easy to compute. From the MRV limit, I will show that the full amplitudes can be reconstructed by using symmetries. This gives a complete answer to all tree-level four-point functions in all three maximally supersymmetric backgrounds AdS4xS7, AdS5xS5, and AdS7xS4. In the second part of my talk, I will point out that these results have surprising properties. The Mellin amplitudes exhibit an emergent dimensional reduction structure, which allows them to be expressed in terms of only scalar exchange amplitudes from lower dimensional spacetimes. I will explain that this dimensional reduction structure is closely related to a holographic realization of the Parisi-Sourlas supersymmetry.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Scattering from production in 2d"

## Piotr Tourkine, Paris LPTHE, CERN

**February 3, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this seminar, I will talk about recent results about a numerical method to find unitary S-matrices. The method, based on works of Atkinson, was invented in the late 60s and was used as a proof of existence of functions that satisfy all of the S-matrix axioms in 4d. However, it was not put in practical use. Our recent results concern the implementation of those methods for S-matrices in two dimensions, using two different iterative schemes: a fixed-point iteration and Newton's method. Those schemes iterate the unitarity and dispersion relations, and converge to solutions to the S-matrix axioms. This numerical strategy provides a solution to the problem of reconstructing the scattering amplitude starting from a given particle production probability. After a general introduction, the talk will be focused on how we implemented the algorithms, what they converge to, and the conditions under which they converge. We will see that the question of convergence naturally connects to the recent study of the coupling maximization in the two-dimensional S-matrix bootstrap. If time allows, I'll also comment on a fractal structure which we observed to be related to the so-called CDD-ambiguities. I'll conclude with possible future directions.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "The O(N) vector model at large charge: EFT, large N and resurgence"

## Dr. Domenico Orlando, INFN Turin, University of Bern

**January 27, 2021 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will discuss the IR fixed point of the O(N) vector model in 3 dimensions (Wilson-Fisher point) in the framework of the large charge expansion. First I will construct an EFT valid for any N, then verify the prediction of the model in the double scaling limit of large N, large charge and finally discuss the use of resurgence to extend the validity of the EFT to sectors of small charge.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, January 27 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Loops in Holography"

## Prof. Ivo Sachs, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

**December 16, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: A quantum field theory (QFT) in an (Anti-)de Sitter, (A-)dS space-time can be characterised by a conformal field theory (CFT) much like the S-matrix for Minkowski QFT’s. I will review how quantum loops are reflected in CFT, both in AdS and dS. The latter has a remote connection to density perturbations in the Universe.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "RG Limit Cycles and "Spooky" Fixed Points in Perturbative QFT"

## Fedor Popov, Princeton University

**December 9, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We study quantum field theories with sextic interactions in 3−ϵ dimensions, where the scalar fields ϕab form irreducible representations under the O(N)2 or O(N) global symmetry group. We calculate the beta functions up to four-loop order and find the Renormalization Group fixed points. In an example of large N equivalence, the parent O(N)2 theory and its anti-symmetric projection exhibit identical large N beta functions which possess real fixed points. However, for projection to the symmetric traceless representation of O(N), the large N equivalence is violated by the appearance of an additional double-trace operator not inherited from the parent theory. Among the large N fixed points of this daughter theory we find complex CFTs. The symmetric traceless O(N) model also exhibits very interesting phenomena when it is analytically continued to small non-integer values of N. Here we find unconventional fixed points, which we call "spooky." They are located at real values of the coupling constants gi, but two eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrix ∂βi/∂gj are complex. When these complex conjugate eigenvalues cross the imaginary axis, a Hopf bifurcation occurs, giving rise to RG limit cycles. This crossing occurs for Ncrit≈4.475, and for a small range of N above this value we find RG flows which lead to limit cycles.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Large-N localization and quiver CFT"

## Prof. Konstantin Zarembo, Niels Bohr Institute, Nordita

**December 2, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: The quiver CFT interpolates between N=4 SYM and N=2 super-QCD, and is dual to strings on the AdS5 x S5/Z2 orbifold. Localization of the path integral in the quiver CFT potentially gives means to test this duality rigorously. The strong-coupling solution of the localization matrix model, which I will describe, is in the remarkable qualitative agreement with the holographic dual, but is not devoid of puzzling features.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Scattering in chiral strong backgrounds"

## Dr. Tim Adamo, University of Edinburgh

**November 25, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: There are many reasons to be interested in quantum field theory in the presence of strong, non-perturbative background fields, but surprisingly little is known in these scenarios, especially when compared to trivial backgrounds. For instance, the full semi-classical S-matrices of gauge theory and gravity are known in a trivial background, but even for simple strong backgrounds the tree-level amplitudes of these theories have not been computed beyond four-external particles. This raises the question: are all-multiplicity formulae (and other hallmarks of the study of scattering amplitudes in recent years) inextricably tied to trivial backgrounds? In this talk, I will demonstrate that for a broad class of chiral backgrounds in four-dimensions, we can find all-multiplicity expressions for tree-level scattering amplitudes of gauge theory and gravity which are remarkably simple and clearly un-related to standard background-coupled field theory on space-time.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 25 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Closed strings and weak gravity condition from higher-spin causality"

## Dr. Sandipan Kundu, Johns Hopkins University

**November 18, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will show that metastable higher spin particles, free or interacting, cannot couple to gravity while preserving causality unless there exist higher spin states in the gravitational sector much below the Planck scale. Causality imposes an upper bound on the mass of the lightest higher spin particle in the gravity sector in terms of quantities in the non-gravitational sector. I will argue that any weakly coupled UV completion of such a theory must have a gravity sector containing infinite towers of asymptotically parallel, equispaced, and linear Regge trajectories. This implies that the gravity sector has a stringy structure with an upper bound on the string scale. Another consequence of this bound is that all metastable higher spin particles in 4d with masses below the string scale must satisfy a weak gravity condition. Moreover, these bounds also have surprising implications for large N QCD coupled to gravity.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Event shapes, the light-ray OPE and superconvergence"

## Dr. Alexander Zhiboedov, CERN

**November 11, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will describe recent progress in understanding event shapes in conformal field theories. Familiar from the description of hadronic events at colliders, these observables are computed by matrix elements of the so-called light-ray operators. Characterizing the light-ray operators in a nonperturbative setting poses many theoretical challenges. I will describe some of the recently developed tools to perform computations of conformal event shapes and illustrate them using N=4 SYM. Finally, I will explain how via holography some of the basic properties of conformal event shapes lead to nontrivial sum rules obeyed by possible UV completions of general relativity.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Modification of the radiation definition in odd dimensions"

## Mikhail Khlopunov, ITMP

**October 28, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this seminar, I will discuss modification of the radiation definition for the case of odd-dimensional space-time. The standard definition of the wave zone fails in odd dimensions, due to the violation of the Huygens principle: the signal from an instantaneous flash of current reaches an observer after an interval of time required for propagation of the signal at the speed of light, but then the tail is observed endlessly; while in even-dimensional spaces an instant signal ends instantly at the observation point. The reason is that the retarded Green’s functions of the wave equation in odd dimensions has support localised not only on the light cone, but also inside it. I will discuss the covariant retarded quantities technique and Rohrlich-Teitelboim definition of the wave zone. Using this definition, the scalar radiation from a point-like charge, moving along the circular trajectory in three and five-dimensional space-times, will be computed. The obtained results will be verified by the calculations of the spectral distributions of the radiated energy, which are indifferent to the dimensionality of the space-time. Also, the contributions of the tails to the radiation will be discussed.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "On double elliptic integrable system: characteristic determinant and Manakov triple"

## Dr. Andrei Zotov, Steklov Mathematical Institute RAS

**October 21, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: We discuss double elliptic integrable systems, where the dependence on the momenta of particles is elliptic. These models generalize the relativistic Ruijsenaars integrable systems, which contain trigonometric (exponential) dependence on momenta. A brief review on underlying dualities and interrelations between integrable systems will be given. We explain how to construct a kind of determinant representation for the known conservation laws. Finally, we will see that in the classical case the double elliptic models are naturally described by the Manakov L-A-B triple instead of the Lax pair.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Production of massive particles from the decay of a free massless field"

## Dr. Ariel Arza, ITMP

**October 07, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk we will show, in a simple toy model (H=g\phi\chi^2), how Bose enhancement allows the decay of a massless field into massive particles. It happens due to a parametric resonance caused by a big energy density of the decaying field. I will show the instability conditions as well as the energy density threshold for the decay to occur. I will also compute the equivalent of the spontaneous decay rate.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 07 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Hamiltonian structures of the spin Ruijsenaars-Schneider models"

## Prof. Gleb Arutyunov, University of Hamburg

**September 30, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: TBA

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 30 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Constrained modified gravities: generalized unimodular gravity and beyond"

## Nikita Kolganov, ITMP

**September 23, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In my talk, I will give you a brief introduction into modified gravity theories, and then I will proceed to particular modified gravity models, which I'm interested in. Most of the modified gravities are equivalent to the General Relativity, equipped with some additional degrees of freedom. In our case these d.o.f. are obtained by the explicit breaking of general covariance by an algebraic constraint on metric coefficients. I'm going to discuss the covariantization issue of such theories, its duality to well-known k-essence and self-gravitating media models, and applications to inflationary cosmology.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 18:00. The seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Schwarzschild black hole thermodynamic entropy on a nice slice"

## Dr. Jose Alejandro Rosabal, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Pohang

**July 22, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this seminar I will present the calculation of the thermodynamic entropy of a Schwarzschild black hole on a nice slice. This can be seen as a warm up to address the calculation of the Von Neumann entropy for two intervals, that includes a portion of the interior of the black hole, and the Page curve. In the end I will comment on the relation between this work and some recent proposal.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 14:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Gauge/gravity duality and the phenomenology of hadrons"

## Dr. Frederic Brunner, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

**July 8, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will give a pedagogical introduction to aspects of hadronic physics at low energy, and show how the methodology of gauge/gravity duality may be applied to certain problems arising in this context. As a concrete example, I will talk about the search for glueballs, bound states of gluons predicted by lattice gauge theory. These states have not been identified unambiguously among the hadrons we observe in collider experiments, in part due to the lack of theoretical predictions of their decay rates. I will show how gauge/gravity duality can be used to calculate glueball decay rates, and discuss potential implications.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Current Algebra and Generalised Geometry"

## Dr. David Osten, Ludwig Maximilian University/Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Munich

**June 24, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: The first part of the talk will be a review of T-duality and generalised geometry in string theory. Generalised geometry is a generalisation of Riemannian geometry that captures certain 'non-geometric' backgrounds which are nevertheless well-defined in string theory. A convenient characterisation of such backgrounds is given in terms of the so-called generalised fluxes. In the second part of the talk I want to discuss the meaning of these generalised fluxes in the worldsheet theory. There, they describe a deformation of the canonical Poisson structure -- namely the current algebra. Besides applications to magnetic backgrounds and integrable sigma models which motivated this work, the virtue of the deformed current algebra lies in the fact that it gives clear-cut routes to non-commutative and non-associative interpretations of the generalised flux backgrounds, to generalisations of T-duality and to generalisations to M-theory.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## “Introduction to the TT̄ deformation”

## Dr. Riccardo Conti, Turin University

**June 10, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk I will give a pedagogical introduction to a special irrelevant deformation of 2-dimensional Quantum Field Theories, the so-called TT̄ deformation, which has recently attracted the attention of the theoretical physics community due to the interesting links with string theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence. I will review some basic aspects of this deformation and describe the principal features of the deformed models both at classical and quantum level. Finally, I will briefly comment on other similar irrelevant deformations and present a series of interesting open questions that still wait for answers.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 10 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

## "Efficient Rules for All Conformal Blocks: A Dream Come True"

## Dr. Valentina Prilepina, Laval University

**May 27, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: In this talk, I will lay out a set of efficient rules for computing d-dimensional global conformal blocks in arbitrary Lorentz representations in the context of the embedding space operator product expansion (OPE) formalism. With these rules in place, the general procedure for determining all possible conformal blocks is reduced to (1) identifying the relevant group theoretic quantities and (2) applying the conformal rules to obtain the blocks. The rules represent a systematic prescription for computing the blocks in a convenient mixed OPE-three-point- function basis as well as a set of rotation matrices, which are necessary to translate these blocks to the pure three-point function basis relevant for the conformal bootstrap. I will start by tracing their origin by describing some of the essential ingredients present in the formalism that naturally give rise to these rules. I will then map out the derivation of the rules, first outlining the general algorithm for the rotation matrices and then proceeding to the conformal blocks. Along the way, l will introduce a convenient diagrammatic notation (somewhat reminiscent of Feynman diagrams), which serves to encode parts of the computation in a compact form. Finally, I will treat several interesting examples to demonstrate the application of these rules in practice.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "The echo method for axion dark matter detection"

## Dr. Ariel Arza, ITMP

**May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: The echo method is a new idea for axion dark matter search. It relies on the stimulated decay of cold axions into two photons when a powerful beam of microwave radiation is shot to the space. From the axion decay, a feeble but detectable amount of electromagnetic radiation is received nearby the location where the outgoing beam was released. In this talk I will describe the essentials of this idea as well as the challenges for the future.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Polyvector deformations in supergravity and the string/M-theory dynamics"

## Dr. Ilya Bakhmatov, ITMP

**April 29, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: Integrability preserving Yang-Baxter deformations of the string sigma-model have a simple supergravity description. We will review how introducing an extra bi-vector field to account for the r-matrix, one recovers the YB deformations after the simple open/closed string map. Things can be made clearer by using the formalism of double field theory, a T-duality covariant description of supergravity defined on an extended spacetime. We will discuss generalisations to the tri-vector deformations of d=11 supergravity and potential consequences for the fundamental membrane dynamics.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Review on higher-spin theories"

## Dr. Dmitry Ponomarev, ITMP

**April 15, 2020 (Wednesday)**

Abstract: I will start by explaining what is meant by higher-spin theories. Then I will illustrate why making higher-spin fields interact is not easy. I will then review the standard no-go theorems for higher-spin interactions. Next, I will discuss different approaches to circumvent these no-go’s and review the most successful attempts. Finally, I will discuss some potentially promising directions for future research.

ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 18:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Zoom.

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## "Some aspects of massive gravity and Horndeski theory"

## prof. Mikhail S. Volkov (Université de Tours, France)

**March 26, 2020 (Thursday)**

Abstract: In the first part of the talk I plan to give a very brief introduction to the ghost-free massive gravity theory and then briefly describe the recent work on the theory of massive gravitons in arbitrary spacetimes. In the second part, I would like to present some new results obtained in the context of the Horndeski theory, in particular concerning the Palatini analysis of this theory.

ITMP seminar will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 16:00. Given the situation the seminar will be arranged via Skype.

## "Asymptotic symmetries of electromagnetism and gravity"

prof. Marc Henneaux (Free University of Brussels)

**October 09, 2019 (Wednesday)**

Marc Henneaux - is a famous theoretical physicist, professor at the Free University of Brussels, International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry Director, professor at the Collège de France. He was rewarded with a number of prestigious awards including Francqui Prize, Humboldt Research Award and The Bogoliubov Prize (JINR).

Annotation: The asymptotic symmetries of gravity and electromagnetism are remarkably rich. The talk will explain the asymptotic structure of gravity and electromagnetism in the asymptotically flat case by making central use of the Hamiltonian formalism. In particular, how the relevant infinite-dimensional asymptotic symmetry groups emerge at spatial infinity, and the extension to higher spacetime dimensions, will be discussed.

Researchers, graduate students and postgraduates, who are specialized in theoretical physics, may get interested in this report. The working language is English.

The starting time is 18:00.

Address: Lomonosov Building MSU, office G-716.