Journal Club

The target group of the Theoretical Physics Journal Club are PhD students and postdocs doing research on different topics of theoretical physics. Here we can meet to learn and discuss classical or new topics of theoretical physics.
Organizer: Giulia Fardelli (giulia.fardelli@physics.uu.se)

Talks - Fall 2021

On the Entanglement Entropy in CFTs and Holography

Speaker: Jacopo Sisti
Papers:

  • Monodromy Defects in Free Field Theories 2104.01220
  • Holographic Entanglement Entropy of the Coulomb Branch 2012.05188
  • Corner contributions to holographic entanglement entropy in AdS4/BCFT3 1708.05080

Date: 29 October 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Å80127 or Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69181515232


Massive matter and the double copy

Speaker: Ingrid Vazquez-Holm
Papers:

  • Extracting Einstein from the Loop-Level Double-Copy 2108.06798
  • Loop-Level Double-Copy for Massive Quantum Particles 2010.13435

Date: 15 October 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Å80101 or Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69181515232


Amplitudes in the eikonal limit, black-hole scattering and radiation

Speaker: Carlo Heissenberg
Papers:

  • Infrared Divergences and the Eikonal Exponentiation 2105.04594
  • The Eikonal Approach to Gravitational Scattering and Radiation at O(G3) 2104.03256
  • Radiation Reaction from Soft Theorems 2101.05772
  • Universality of ultra-relativistic gravitational scattering 2008.12743

Date: 08 October 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Å10132 or Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69181515232


Building gauge theories and Calabi Yaus in diverse dimensions

Speaker: Azeem Hasan
Abstract: Minimally supersymmetric gauge theories in various dimensions can be engineered on worldvolume of D-branes probing transverse Calabi Yau singularities. This setup is most well studied for N=1 theories in 4d on D3 branes probing Calabi Yau threefolds. Less well studied are (0,2) theories in 2d on D1 branes probing fourfolds and N=1 matrix models on D(-1) branes probing fivefolds. In this talk I will describe an algorithm (arXiv:2004.13765) that leverages the uniform description of these theories developed in arXiv:1904.07954 to construct (0,2) 2d theories and N=1 0d matrix models and the corresponding geometries starting from better understood 4d N=1 theories and the corresponding 3 folds.
Papers:

  • Calabi-Yau Products: Graded Quivers for General Toric Calabi-Yaus 2004.13765
  • Graded Quivers, Generalized Dimer Models and Toric Geometry 1904.07954

Date: 01 October 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: ITC 6140 or Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69181515232


Towards F-theory Realizations of Exact MSSM Matter Spectra

Speaker: Muyang Liu
Abstract: The exact matter spectrum is a significant characteristic of 4D N=1 F-theory compactification, which is expected to match the particle physics we observe. This spectrum is specified by line bundles cohomologies associated to relevant matter curves under the presence of gauge background. In the study of realistic F-theory geometry, those line bundles in the consideration turn into the so-called root bundles. I will elaborate on the developments of interpretation and computation of root bundles based on work 2102.10115 and 2104.08297.
Papers:

  • Statistics of Limit Root Bundles Relevant for Exact Matter Spectra of F-Theory MSSMs 2104.08297
  • Root Bundles and Towards Exact Matter Spectra of F-theory MSSMs 2102.10115

Date: 24 September 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Å80121 or Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/u/cdKP2PSxK5

Talks - Spring 2021

Recent developments in Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity

Speaker: Rodolfo Panerai
Abstract: This talk will be based on [1903.11115] and follow-ups. I will review the connection between JT gravity and random matrix ensembles. At infinite cutoff, the results for arbitrary topologies are captured by the Mirzakhani-Eynard-Orantin topological recursion. At finite cutoff, the theory is described by some integrable deformation of the boundary action, but various questions about the role of nonperturbative corrections are still open. In the last part of the talk, I will briefly describe the results of my upcoming paper on the subject.
Papers:

Date: 04 June 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


The Weyl double copy from twistor space

Speaker: Lucile Cangemi
Abstract: The aim of the talk is to introduce a specific classical double copy formalism and, following the recent paper [2103.16441], discuss its relation to twistor space. A classical double copy is a procedure that relates certain exact classical solutions in Einstein gravity and electromagnetism. I will briefly recap the development of the formalism of the Weyl double copy and introduce the necessary concepts to derive it from twistor space. The introduction of twistor space will broaden the scope of the original procedure and suggests possible extensions.
Papers:

  • The Weyl double copy from twistor space 2103.16441

Date: 21 May 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


The string dual to free N=4 super Yang-Mills

Speaker: Charles Thull
Abstract: The aim of this talk is to give an overview of the worldsheet description of the AdS5xS5 string as proposed in [2104.08263]. Starting from the free field description with its spectrally flowed sectors I will present the constraints from gauge fixing and quantization and discuss the resulting physical spectrum. Evidence is given that this spectrum matches with the planar spectrum of free maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills.
Papers:

  • The String Dual to Free N=4 Super Yang-Mills 2104.08263

Date: 07 May 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


4D Chern-Simons Theory and Integrability

Speaker: Simon Ekhammar
Abstract: The main goal of the talk will be to discuss 4D Chern-Simons and in particular the integrable structure of the theory. I will start by reviewing fundamental concepts in integrability primarily using the canonical example of the XXX-spin. In particular I intend to discuss R-matrices, RTT relations and shortly comment on the relations between the three different realizations of Yangians. Thereafter following the papers 1709.09993, 1802.01579 I will discuss how the same concepts are realized using Chern-Simons gauge theory in 4 dimensions. Depending on time I will shortly also comment on more recent progress in various directions using this formalism.
Papers:

Date: 23 April 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


Exact properties of an integrated correlator in N=4 SU(N) SYM

Speaker: Carlos Gustavo Rodriguez Fernandez
Papers:

  • Exact properties of an integrated correlator in N=4 SU(N) SYM 2102.09537

Date: 09 April 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


Exact solutions in N=2 D=4 Gauged Supergravity coupled to abelian vector multiplets

Speaker: Davide Astesiano
Papers:

  • Super throats with non trivial scalars 2003.11582
  • De Sitter magnetic black hole dipole with a supersymmetric horizon 2012.04362

Date: 19 March 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


Classical de Sitter solutions between two mirrors: A new recipe?

Speaker: Daniel Panizo Pérez
Abstract: In this talk, we will take a look at new results from type IIA supergravity compactifications. A four-dimensional space with positive cosmological constant is obtained by solving the ten-dimensional equations of motion. To achieve these results, a characteristic topology and O-planes are required. However, this achievement is not free of controversy, as some of its features are not well-understood or are incompatible with no-go theorems. We will introduce all required ingredients that are present in these results and then examine their properties.
Papers:

  • Classical de Sitter Solutions of Ten-Dimensional Supergravity 1812.04147
  • No classical (anti-)de Sitter solutions with O8-planes 1902.08209
  • New de Sitter Solutions in Ten Dimensions and Orientifold Singularities 1911.04498
  • What if string theory has no de Sitter vacua? 1804.01120
  • Smeared versus localised sources in flux compactifications 1009.1877
  • Daniel's notes

Date: 05 March 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


3D Chern-Simons theory and the R matrix

Speaker: Maor Ben-Shahar
Abstract: I will explain the details of the construction of a classical r-matrix from 3D Chern-Simons theory following [1905.03263]. The construction relies on imposing unconventional gauge choices and boundary conditions on $R^2 \times I$. These choices imply that expectation values of knots are always well-defined (no framing anomaly), but are not knot-invariants. Finally, we will extend the paper a little by discussing corrections to all orders in $\hbar$.
Papers:

Date: 19 February 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


More on holographic correlators: Twisted and dimensionally reduced structures

Speaker: Andrea Manenti
Papers:

  • More on holographic correlators: Twisted and dimensionally reduced structures 2101.04114

Date: 05 February 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


Celestial Amplitudes and the Double Copy

Speaker: Lucia Garozzo
Abstract: Celestial amplitudes are obtained by performing a change of basis on traditional scattering amplitudes. They behave as conformal correlators, giving rise to the speculation that there is a CFT living on the celestial sphere at the null boundary of flat spacetime, and thus a possible holographic description of flat space quantum gravity. I will give an overview of the topic and present the result of the paper 2007.15027, where the authors find a simple prescription to relate gauge theory and gravity celestial amplitudes at tree level.
Papers:

  • A Double Copy for Celestial Amplitudes 2007.15027

Date: 22 January 2021, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom

TALKS - FALL 2020

Exploring standard like models
Speaker: Robin Schneider

Papers:

  • Explore and Exploit with Heterotic Line Bundle Models 2003.04817

Date: 03 December 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Zoom


Large p explorations. From SUGRA to big STRINGS in Mellin space
Speaker: Giulia Fardelli

Papers:

  • Large p explorations. From SUGRA to big STRINGS in Mellin space 2007.09176

Date: 20 November 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: 80101, Zoom


What can Spinning Particles say about Kerr Black Holes?
Speaker: Paolo Pichini

Papers:

  • From Scattering Amplitudes to Classical Physics: Universality, Double Copy and Soft Theorems 1903.12419
  • Tree-Level Unitarity Constraints on the Gravitational Couplings of Higher-Spin Massive Fields 9408073

Date: 13 November 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: 80101, Zoom


Double copy in string and field theories
Speaker: Yong Zhang

Date: 6 November 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: 80101, Zoom


Superconformal kinematics in four dimensions
Speaker: Andrea Manenti

Papers:

  • Differential operators for superconformal correlation functions 1910.12869
  • R-current three-point functions in 4d N=1 superconformal theories 1804.09717
  • Implications of ANEC for SCFTs in four dimensions 1905.09293

Date: 23 October 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Häggsalen, Zoom


Computing (multiloop) Feynman integrals through analytic and numerical methods
Speaker: Martijn Hidding
Papers:

  • All orders structure and efficient computation of linearly reducible elliptic Feynman integrals 1712.04441
  • Evaluating two-loop non-planar master integrals for Higgs + jet production with full heavy-quark mass dependence 1907.13156
  • The complete set of two-loop master integrals for Higgs + jet production in QCD 1911.06308
  • DiffExp, a Mathematica package for computing Feynman integrals in terms of one-dimensional series expansions 2006.05510

Date: 16 October 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Polhemsalen, Zoom


On-shell constructions of nonlinear sigma model
Speaker: Zhewei Yin

Date: 09 October 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Häggsalen, Zoom


Vertex operators for the 11D pure spinor superparticle
Speaker: Max Guillen

Date: 02 October 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Polhemsalen, Zoom


Introducing 3d N=1 QFTs
Speaker: Vladimir Bashmakov

Date: 25 September 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: ITC room 2247, Zoom

Talks - Spring 2020

Fermionic Localization of the Schwarzian Theory
Speaker: Lorenzo Ruggeri
Papers:

  • Fermionic Localization of the Schwarzian Theory 1703.04612
  • Conformal symmetry and its breaking in two dimensional Nearly Anti-de-Sitter space 1606.01857

Date: 11 March 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å80101


Stringy Canonical Forms
Speaker: Fei Teng
Papers:

Date: 06 March 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


Sphere Packing and Quantum Gravity II
Speaker: Alexander Söderberg
Papers:

Date: 28 February 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


Walls, Anomalies, and (De)Confinement in Quantum Anti-Ferromagnets
Speaker: Arash Arabi Ardehali
Papers:

  • Walls, Anomalies, and (De)Confinement in Quantum Anti-Ferromagnets 1706.05731

Date: 21 February 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


Sphere Packing and Quantum Gravity
Speaker: Alexander Söderberg
Papers:

Date: 14 February 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


Froissart bound for/from CFT Mellin amplitudes
Speaker: Parijat Dey
Papers:

  • Froissart bound for/from CFT Mellin amplitudes: 1911.05974

Date: 07 February 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


GSO projections via SPT phases
Speaker: Luca Cassia
Papers:

  • GSO projections via SPT phases: 1908.04805
  • Topological Superconductors on Superstring Worldsheets: 1911.11780

Date: 24 January 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å4003


Higher U(1) Charge Models in type IIB and their F-theory lift
Speaker: Damián K. Mayorga Pena
Abstract:
We construct models with U(1) gauge group and matter with charges up to 6, in the context of type IIB compactifications. We show explicitly that models with charges up to 4 can be derived from corresponding models in F-theory by applying the Sen weak coupling limit. We derive which type IIB models should be the limit of charge 5 and 6 F-theory models. Explicit six dimensional type IIB models with maximal charge 5 and 6 are constructed on an algebraic K3 surface that is the double cover of CP2. By using type IIB results we are also able to rediscover the F-theory charge 4 model in a straightforward way.
Date: 15 January 2020, 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Location: Room Å80101

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