Simons Collaboration on the Nonperturbative Bootstrap Annual Meeting 2021

Date & Time

Leonardo Rastelli, the State University of New York at Stony Brook

Meeting Goals:
As in previous years, the annual meeting of the Collaboration at the Foundation headquarters will be one of the focal events of the year. PIs, postdocs, and students will update each other about recent developments, exchange ideas in informal discussions, and plan research activities for the next year.

David Poland, Yale University
Balt van Rees, Ecole Polytechnique
Dalimil Mazac, Institute for Advanced Study
Zohar Komargodski, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Liam Fitzpatrick, Boston University
Simon Caron-Huot, McGill University
Thomas Hartman, Cornell University
Pedro Vieira, South American Institute for Fundamental Research

  • Agenda and Slidesplus--large

    Thursday, November 11

    9:30 AMDavid Poland | Advancing the conformal frontier
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    11:00 AMBalt van Rees | QFT in AdS, the flat-space limit and the bootstrap
    1:00 PMPedro Vieira | Stampedes: Light-cone games in conformal gauge theories
    2:30 PMZohar Komargodski | Defect Conformal Field Theories and Renormalization Group Flows
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    4:00 PMLiam Fitzpatrick | Extracting QFT Dynamics from CFT Data with Lightcone Conformal Truncation
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    Friday, November 12

    9:30 AMSimon Caron-Huot | Bounding modifications of Einstein's gravity
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    11:00 AMThomas Hartman | Averaged CFTs and holography
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    1:00 PMDalimil Mazac | Geometric Bootstrap
  • Simons Foundation Lecture: November 10, 2021plus--large

    Thomas Hartman
    Cornell University

    Black Holes and Quantum Gravity

    Black holes have mysterious properties that indicate that they are composed of an enormous number of microscopic parts. This has led to the idea that in quantum gravity, spacetime itself emerges from something more fundamental.

    In this lecture, Thomas Hartman will describe how black holes provide a window into quantum gravity and how scientists use the ‘bootstrap’ technique to study them. This line of research leads from black hole thermodynamics to the notorious sphere packing problem in mathematics, first studied by Johannes Kepler and contemporaries four centuries ago.

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