HET SEMINAR
Warped Conformal Field Theory


Oct
12
2012

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  • Speaker: Tom Hartman (IAS)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/12/2012
  • Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Location: 335 West Hall

  • Description:

    A 'warped conformal field theory' is a field theory in 1+1 dimensions invariant under a chiral scaling symmetry that acts only on right-movers. The symmetries differ from an ordinary CFT, but for some purposes provide equally powerful constraints. I will discuss their thermodynamics, purely within 2d field theory. Then, motivated by the fact that the near horizon geometry of every extremal black hole has the same symmetries as a warped conformal field theory, I will describe an application to the calculation of black hole entropy in quantum gravity.


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