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Introduction to AdS/CFT

There will be a block course "Introduction to AdS/CFT" at the ASC in the period October 1-5, 2018, given by Dr. Daniel Fernandez (University of Iceland, Reykjavik).

Time: 10.00-12am and 2-4pm (October 1, 2, 4 and 5)

Room: A249 (Theresienstr. 37)

Requirements: Bascis in GR and QFT, no pre-knowledge in string theory necessary


1. Review of Conformal Field Theory and Supersymmetry
2. Review of String Theory
3. Original Formulation of AdS/CFT
4. Tests of the Duality and modern motivations
5. Mathematical tools and details
6. Generalizations of the Duality
7. Applications to the study of the quark gluon plasma
8. Applications to the study of condensed matter physics

Literature: Gauge/Gravity Duality: Foundations and Applications by Ammon and Erdmenger (Cambridge University Press)

It will be possible for TMP students to obtain 3 ECTS points by answering a test of conceptual questions. The test will be handed out at the last lecture, and uploaded to this webpage on Friday, October 5. The answers will be graded based on their correctness and the clarity of the explanations. Please send the completed test by October 31, 2018, to