Meeting PRIN "String Theory as a bridge between Gauge Theories and Quantum Gravity"

Room D (SISSA - iGAP)

Room D


Old SISSA building Via Beirut 2
Alessandro Tanzini (SISSA), Giulio Bonelli (SISSA), Matteo Bertolini (SISSA)

SISSA-IGAP will host the third workshop of the PRIN project "String Theory as a bridge between Gauge Theories and Quantum Gravity" to which members of the theoretical physics groups of SISSA, Rome Tor vergata, Turin, UPO and Rome La Sapienza are associated.


The workshop will start at 2:30pm on Thursday June 22 and end at 12:30am on Friday June 23. There will be 3-4 talks by members of the collaboration plus two talks by external speakers, Agnese Bissi (ICTP) and Dyonisos Anninos (King's College).


The social dinner will take place on Thursday evening at Trattoria Bellariva. 


Registration to the PRIN meeting
  • Agnese Bissi
  • Alberto Lerda
  • Alessandro Pini
  • Alessandro Tanzini
  • Andrea Antinucci
  • Andreas Blommaert
  • Atish Dabholkar
  • Claudio Gambino
  • Dionysios Anninos
  • Fabiana De Cesare
  • Fabio Riccioni
  • Francesco Benini
  • francesco fucito
  • Giorgio Di Russo
  • Giovanni Galati
  • Giovanni landi
  • Giovanni Rizi
  • Giulio Bonelli
  • Giuseppe Sudano
  • Hiroaki Kanno
  • Ideal Majtara
  • Leonardo Goller
  • Lorenzo Bianchi
  • Manuel Furlan
  • Marco Billo'
  • Marialuisa Frau
  • Marina Moleti
  • Massimo Bianchi
  • Matteo Bertolini
  • Mohammad Akhond
  • Ohad Mamroud
  • Rafael Cordoba
  • Raji Mamade
  • Saman Soltani
  • Sergio Benvenuti
  • Sujay Ashok
  • Thomas Nicosanti
  • Tommaso Pedroni
  • Ziming Ji
    • 1
      Constructing solutions to crossing relations

      In this talk I will discuss how to write down generalized group-theoretic crossing equations for a unitary Euclidean CFT and how to construct an exact solution to it. I will also present its connection to the cosmological bootstrap program.

      Speaker: Agnese Bissi
    • 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break
    • 2
      On the stability and deformability of topological stars

      Topological stars, or top star for brevity, are smooth horizonless static solutions of Einstein-Maxwell theory in 5-d, that reduce to spherically symmetric solutions of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton theory in 4-d. In the framework of the fuzzball program, they represent possible microstate geometries for non-supersymmetric black holes. The study of linear scalar perturbations of top stars allows to argue for their stability and deformability. With different techniques, including WKB approximation, numerical analysis and quantum Seiberg-Witten curves, one can identify three classes of quasi-normal modes: long-lived meta-stable, prompt ring-down and 'blind' modes. The corresponding frequencies have negative imaginary part, thus suggesting linear stability for top stars. Moreover the tidal Love and dissipation numbers, encoding the response to tidal deformations, can be determined. Similarly to black holes, both of them vanish in the static limit; however, contrary to black holes, the dynamical Love number is non-trivial and there are no dissipative effects at linear order.

      Speaker: Giuseppe Sudano
    • 3
      A Rutherford-like formula for scattering off Kerr-Newman BHs and subleading corrections

      Analytic methods for studying gravitational processes have received review interest due to their application to gravitational wave phenomenology. In this direction, one of the challenges is to develop a systematic apparatus to obtain the dynamics of spinning objects from the classical limit of quantum scattering amplitudes.
      Exploring the Kerr-Schild gauge properties seems promising, and within this framework we study the scattering of a massive (charged) scalar off a Kerr-Newman black hole. In this gauge, the interactions between the probe and the target involve only tri-linear vertices, and we manage to write down the tree-level scattering amplitudes in analytic form, from which we can construct an expression for the eikonal phase which is exact in the spin of the black hole at arbitrary order in the Post-Minkowskian expansion. We compute the classical contribution to the cross-section and deflection angle at leading order for a Kerr black hole for arbitrary orientation of the spin. Finally, we test our method by reproducing the classical amplitude for a Schwarzschild black hole at second Post-Minkowskian order and outline how to extend the analysis to the Kerr-Newman case.

      Speaker: Claudio Gambino (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)
    • 5:30 PM
    • 4
      Meeting organizzativo PRIN
      Speaker: Massimo Bianchi (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
    • 5
      The case for dS_2

      We discuss the Euclidean picture of semi classical gravity with positive cosmological constant, and the Gibbons-Hawking relation for the cosmological horizon entropy. We argue that many features remain non-trivial in two-dimensional toy models and discuss a variety of computational tools that can lead to exact expressions.

      Speaker: Dyonisos Anninos
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 6
      Analytic bootstrap for magnetic impurities

      We will discuss two classes of line defects in the O(N) critical model at the Wilson-Fisher fixed point. These extended excitations are relevant for condensed matter systems, such as doped quantum antiferromagnets. After reviewing some state-of-the-art analytic bootstrap techniques, we will apply them to compute the correlator of two bulk excitations at first order in the epsilon expansion. From this result we are able to extract an infinite set of defect CFT data.

      Speaker: Lorenzo Bianchi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)
    • 11:45 AM
      General Discussion