Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Gravitational Thermodynamics and the Quantum Nature of Space Time

Jun 16, 2008 - Jun 20, 2008

The Alrick Building, The King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh

Organisers

Name Institution
de Wit, Bernard Utrecht University
Figueroa-O'Farrill, José University of Edinburgh
Simón, Joan University of Edinburgh

Copies of slides are now available via links within the timetable

String theory is a structurally rich theoretical framework in which a nontrivial extension of GR can be quantised. String theory has already led to a number of remarkable insights into the nature of the degrees of freedom (in the form of branes) underlying a black hole and into the resolution of timelike and null singularities, all without violating unitarity. These successes notwithstanding, important challenges remain, such as to understand

  • space-like singularities, and more generally, time-dependent processes such as the microscopic interpretation of cosmological horizons;
  • the observables of a generic background and their relation to the holographic principle;
  • the relation of the latter with the thermodynamical description of cosmological horizons;
  • the nonlocal nature of charges in GR; and
  • the appearance of space time as an emergent concept and not as an a priori entity as in GR.

This workshop will be devoted to the above list of challenges, all of which are directed towards a better understanding of the quantum nature of space time and of the emergence of lorentzian geometry in the classical limit. There will be a contribution to local costs (including accommodation and some subsistence) from awards to ICMS and a small registration fee will be payable by all delegates. Participation is by invitation only.

Supporting Institutions:
EPSRC
LMS
Edinburgh Mathematical Society
IOP

 

Arrangements

Venue
The workshop will be held the Alrick Building, The Kings Buildings, off Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ. King's Building's is the University of Edinburgh's south campus and is indicated by an arrow on this map of the city. Please note that you should enter the campus by Gate 4 on Mayfield Road; the Alrick Building is located on the right as you walk up the driveway at Gate 4. All lectures will take place in Classroom 10 on the ground floor of the Alrick Building, just inside the main entrance. Classroom 10 is equipped with a data projector, blackboards and an overhead projector. A laptop will be available for your use. Follow this link for information about the facilities at King's Builidngs.

Travel
Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

If you have requested accommodation (see below), travel information and directions to Pollock Halls can be found on the website for Edinburgh First, who co-ordinate the accommodation bookings, http://www.edinburghfirst.com/edinburghfirst/travel.asp . We recommend that you take a taxi to the Halls. It should cost around 5.00 GBP from the main railway station (Waverley Station) and between 16.00 and 20.00 GBP from Edinburgh airport. Alternatively there are frequent buses from the airport to Waverley Station, from where you can get a taxi to Pollock Halls.

Pollock Halls is approximately a 25 minute walk from the conference at Alrick Building. The second of these two maps of Pollock Halls shows the accommodation in relation to the location of the workshop at Kings Buildings (indicated at the very foot of the map). To walk, exit Pollock by Holyrood Park Road, cross Dalkeith Road and walk along Salisbury Road/Place until you reach Causewayside. Follow Causewayside away from the town centre until it becomes Mayfield Road. Enter King's Buildings campus by Gate 4. Alternatively, walk to Causewayside and get the 42 bus out to King's Buildings.

To get to the King's Building campus from the City Centre, take Lothian buses 42 or 24 from Hanover Street, just off Princes Street (42 is quicker!). Lothian buses charge £1.10 for a single, £2.50 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required - no change is given.

Accommodation
ICMS will reserve bedrooms for participants who indicate this preference on the on-line registration form. The rooms are hotel style, en-suite, and are located within Chancellor's Court which is superior, university accommodation at Pollock Halls of Residence. All rooms have a private shower, toilet, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and a telephone. A picture of a typical room is available here.

Pollock Halls of Residence
18 Holyrood Park Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
Reception Contact Numbers
+44 (0)131 667 1971 (Tel)
+44 (0)131 668 3217 (Fax)

On arrival at Pollock Halls, please go to the Reception Building on your left, where you will pick up your key and some further information. You can get into your room after 14.00. If you arrive earlier you can leave your luggage at Reception. Pollock Halls has 24 hour reception.

Alternatively, participants may make their own accommodation arrangements; a list of Edinburgh accommodation of various sorts and prices can be found on the Accommodation Page on the ICMS website. Section 4 is particularly relevant. Early booking is advised.

Meals and Refreshments
A sandwich lunch will be provided on the first day of the workshop, Monday 16 June. For the remainder of the days, participants are free to go out for lunch and explore the sandwich shops and bars around the campus.

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop.

A workshop dinner will take place at Blonde Restaurant on the evening of Thursday 19 June.

Public Lecture by Leonard Susskind
Photo Gallery from this event
At 18.00 on Monday 16 June, Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University, will give a lecture at The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh. This is a joint event with the RSE and ICMS with support from the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (EMS). The lecture is entitled "The black hole war: the war that made the world safe for quantum mechanics" and further information about the lecture can be found here.

All workshop participants are invited to attend and seats have been reserved in the Lecture Theatre at the RSE (there is no need for you to inform us of your wish to attend). Following the lecture, at 19.00, there will be an informal wine reception at the RSE for workshop participants and any members of the public who have attended the lecture.

A coach has been organised to transport participants from the workshop venue at the Alrick Building to the RSE. The coach will depart from the Alrick Building at 17.15. The coach journey is one-way only as it is anticipated that participants will want to dine out in central Edinburgh after the lecture and wine reception.

Computer access
At Registration you will be issued with a username and password which will enable you to access either the wireless network or a public PC. The Alrick Building is within a wireless zone as are parts of Pollock Halls.

Financial Matters
The workshop grant will cover the cost of your single en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation at Pollock Halls for the duration of the workshop. Refreshments, lunch on the first day, the Monday evening wine reception at the RSE, and the workshop dinner will also be covered.

If you have been notified that you will receive reimbursement as a contribution towards travel costs, a claim form will be issued at Registration. You will be reimbursed after the workshop directly into your bank account in the currency of your choice. It will be useful if you bring your bank details to the workshop. Please note that receipts are required for all items claimed.

A registration fee of 40.00 GBP will be payable by all delegates unless otherwise stated in your invitation email. This can be paid at Registration by cash, sterling cheque or by giving credit/debit card details. If you would like to pay in advance, please complete this credit/debit card form and fax it to ICMS. The fax number is on the form. Please note that it is not secure to send your credit card details by email.

Programme

Monday 16 June

10.00 - 11.15

Registration and coffee

11.15 - 11.30

Introduction and welcome

11.30 - 12.30

Roberto Emparan (ICREA & Universitat de Barcelona)
New phases of black holes in higher dimensions Link to pdf file of related slides

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch provided in Seminar Room D/E

14.30 - 15.30

Jan de Boer (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam)
Quantization of gravitational solutions

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

16.00 - 16.30

Vishnu Jejjala (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)
Entropy of near-extremal black holes in AdS_5

16.30 - 17.00

Justin David (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore & Harish-Chandra Research Insitute, Allahabad)
On the partition function of dyons in N=2 string theories

17.15

Coach to RSE departs from Alrick Building

18.00 - 19.00

Public Lecture in the Lecture Theatre, RSE, 22-26 George Street Photo Gallery

19.00 - 20.00

Wine Reception in the Wellcome Room, RSE

 

Tuesday 17 June

10.00 - 11.00

Per Kraus (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Stringy Black Holes in 5D
Link to pdf file of related slides

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

11.30 - 12.00

Marcos Mariño (University of Geneva)
Topological strings, black holes and emergent spacetime Link to pdf file of related slides

12.00 - 12.30

Boris Pioline (LPTHE & LPTENS, Paris)
Instanton corrections and black hole partition functions Link to pdf file of related slides

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch break

14.30 - 15.30

Sumit Das (University of Kentucky)
Gauge gravity duality and cosmological singularities Link to pdf file of related slides

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

16.00 - 16.30

Ben Craps (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Quantum propagation across cosmological singularities Link to pdf file of related slides

16.30 - 17.00

Chong-Sun Chu (Durham University)
Time-dependent AdS/CFT duality and null singularity Link to pdf file of related slides

 

Wednesday 18 June

10.00 - 11.00

Gabriel Cardoso (University of Munich)
On non-holomorphic corrections to black hole partition functions Link to pdf file of related slides

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

11.30 - 12.00

Finn Larsen (University of Michigan and CERN)
Black holes in four dimensions: the non-BPS branch

12.00 - 12.30

Jerome Gauntlett (Imperial College London)
AdS solutions and transgression Link to pdf file of related slides

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 14.30

Djordje Minic (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
On the origin of the universe and the dark energy

14.30 - 15.00

Henriette Elvang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Generating functions for scattering amplitudes in N=4 SYM and N=8 supergravity Link to pdf file of related slides

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

15.30 - 16.00

Asad Naqvi (Swansea University)
Random field theory Link to pdf file of related slides

16.00 - 16.30

Horatiu Nastase (Global Edge Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
A black hole solution of scalar field theory and the RHIC fireball Link to pdf file of related slides

16.30 - 17.00

Mukund Rangamani (Durham University)
Non-linear hydrodynamics from gravity Link to pdf file of related slides

 

Thursday 19 June

10.00 - 11.00

Leonard Susskind (Stanford University)
TBA Link to pdf file of related slides

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

11.30 - 12.00

Thomas Levi (New York University)
When worlds collide Link to pdf file of related slides

12.00 - 12.30

Harvey Reall (University of Cambridge)
Extremal black holes
Link to pdf file of related slides

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch break

14.30 - 15.30

Samir Mathur (Ohio State University)
How information comes out of a black hole Link to pdf file of related slides

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

16.00 - 16.30

Marika Taylor (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam)
Precision holography Link to pdf file of related slides

16.30 - 17.00

Donald Marolf (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Gauss' law, observables, and black hole information Link to pdf file of related slides

19.00

Workshop dinner at Blonde Restaurant, 75 St Leonard's Street

 

Friday 20 June

10.00 - 11.00

Kostas Skenderis (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam)
Real-time gauge/gravity duality Link to pdf file of related slides

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee, tea and biscuits in Seminar Room D/E

11.30 - 12.00

Veronika Hubeny (Durham University)
Universality for merging ergosurfaces Link to pdf file of related slides

12.00 - 12.30

Ted Jacobson (University of Maryland)
Thermodynamics of spacetime Link to pdf file of related slides

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch break and close of workshop

Presentations:

Presentation Details
Cardoso, Gabriel
On non-holomorphic corrections to black hole partition functions
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Chu, Chong-Sun
Time-dependent AdS/CFT duality and null singularity
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Craps, Ben
Quantum propagation across cosmological singularities
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Das, Sumit
Gauge gravity duality and cosmological singularities
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David, Justin
On the partition function of dyons in N=2 string theories
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de Boer, Jan
Quantization of gravitational solutions
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Elvang, Henriette
Generating functions for scattering amplitudes in N=4 SYM and N=8 supergravity
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Emparan, Roberto
New phases of black holes in higher dimensions
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Gauntlett, Jerome
AdS solutions and transgression
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Hubeny, Veronika
Universality for merging ergosurfaces
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Jacobson, Ted
Thermodynamics of spacetime
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Jejjala, Vishnu
Entropy of near-extremal black holes in AdS_5
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Kraus, Per
Stringy Black Holes in 5D
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Larsen, Finn
Black holes in four dimensions: the non-BPS branch
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Levi, Thomas
When worlds collide
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Mariño, Marcos
Topological strings, black holes and emergent spacetime
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Marolf, Donald
Gauss' law, observables, and black hole information
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Mathur, Samir
How information comes out of a black hole
View Abstract Down
Minic, Djordje
On the origin of the universe and the dark energy
View Abstract Down
Naqvi, Asad
Random field theory
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Nastase, Horatiu
A black hole solution of scalar field theory and the RHIC fireball
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Pioline, Boris
Instanton corrections and black hole partition functions
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Rangamani, Mukund
Non-linear hydrodynamics from gravity (provisional title)
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Reall, Harvey
Extremal black holes
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Skenderis, Kostas
Real-time gauge/gravity duality
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Taylor, Marika
Precision holography
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Participants

Name Institution
Cardoso, Gabriel University of Munich
Chu, Chong-Sun Durham University
Craps, Ben Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Das, Sumit University of Kentucky
David, Justin Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore & Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
de Boer, Jan Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam
de Medeiros, Paul University of Edinburgh
de Wit, Bernard Utrecht University
Elvang, Henriette Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Emparan, Roberto ICREA & Universitat de Barcelona
Figueroa-O'Farrill, José University of Edinburgh
Fiol, Bartomeu University of Barcelona
Freedman, Dan Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Gauntlett, Jerome Imperial College London
Goldstein, Kevin Universiteit Utrecht
Hackett-Jones, Emily University of Edinburgh
Hubeny, Veronika Durham University
Hull, Chris Imperial College London
Jacobson, Ted University of Maryland
Jejjala, Vishnu University of the Witswatersrand
Katmadas, Stefanos Universiteit Utrecht
Kraus, Per University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Larsen, Finn University of Michigan and CERN
Levi, Thomas New York University
Mariño, Marcos University of Geneva
Marolf, Donald University of California, Santa Barbara
Mathur, Samir Ohio State University
McNees, Robert Perimeter Institute, Canada
Mendez-Escobar, Elena University of Edinburgh
Minic, Djordje Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mohaupt, Thomas University of Liverpool
Naqvi, Asad Swansea University
Nastase, Horatiu Global Edge Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Pioline, Boris LPTHE & LPTENS, Paris
Rangamani, Mukund Durham University
Reall, Harvey University of Cambridge
Ritter, Patricia University of Edinburgh
Ross, Simon Durham University
Shigemori, Masaki Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam
Simón, Joan University of Edinburgh
Skenderis, Kostas Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam
Susskind, Leonard Stanford University
Taylor, Marika Institute for Theoretical Physics, Amsterdam