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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences


This week's seminars

Maths HEP Lunchtime Seminars: Quantum Thermalization in AdS/CFT

Presented by Julian Sonner, Geneva University

15 February 2019 13:00 in CM101

Via the AdS/CFT duality we can view black holes as thermal ensembles of the dual field theory. In principle one can therefore employ the machinery and insights of quantum thermalization to learn about black holes formed from pure states. In practice this requires exquisite control over the spectrum and dynamics of highly excited states in strongly coupled field theories. In my talk I will report on several detailed studies of low-dimensional examples such as 2D CFTs and SYK-like models, which confirm and extend the scenario of thermalization via eigenstates as the boundary picture of black holes and their dynamics.

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