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High Energy Theory Seminar

Friday, October 16, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
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Non-perturbative physics for JT gravity and supergravity
Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California,

Jackiw–Teitelboim (JT) gravity and supergravity theories are exciting solvable models that teach us about low temperature black hole dynamics, and aspects of quantum chaotic behaviour. They have been shown (by Saad, Shenker and Stanford, and by Stanford and Witten) to have double scaled random matrix model descriptions, capturing the (spacetime) topological  perturbative expansion of the partition function. I will describe an alternative method for building the matrix model description, using techniques from minimal string theory. This method is particularly useful for supplying non-perturbative definitions of the physics. I show how this allows for the computation of key aspects of the physics at low energy and temperature.

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