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Course which focuses on holography

  1. Jan 11, 2014 #1
    Hi all,

    Next period I'll be taking a course which focuses on holography this year (it's a different course every year pertaining to some (very/reasonably) active field in theoretical physics).

    We have gotten some links to course materials we'll be dealing with

    (1) The gauge/gravity duality, J. Maldacena, http://arxiv.org/pdf/1106.6073.pdf

    (2) de Sitter musings, D. Anninos, http://arxiv.org/pdf/1205.3855.pdf

    (3) Holographic Thermalization, http://arxiv.org/pdf/1103.2683.pdf

    I was wondering if anybody knows of some extra resources pertaining this particular subject. So some extra references about this stuff.

    In particular I would like some very basic yet rigorous introductory text going about specific motivations and ideas used in holography.


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  3. Jan 11, 2014 #2


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    Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity
    O. Aharony, S.S. Gubser, J. Maldacena, H. Ooguri, Y. Oz

    Introduction to Gauge/Gravity Duality
    Joseph Polchinski

    But as a biologist, I confess I barely understand them. I found these much more friendly:

    Holographic duality with a view toward many-body physics
    John McGreevy

    Gauge/gravity duality
    Gary T. Horowitz, Joseph Polchinski
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2014
  4. Jan 11, 2014 #3
    Great, I can certainly work with this stuff.
  5. Apr 3, 2014 #4
    Hello JorisL! I am in a similar situation to yours, I think that if your QFT and String Theory is good (maybe I should say better than an average student) then chapter 13 of Kiritsis book "String Theory in a Nutshell" is a good place to look at. I feel OK with QFT but not with String Theory so I was not able to entirely decipher this chapter but it seems to me that it gives you a good overview of the subject. If you look at it please do let me know.

    Good luck!
  6. Apr 3, 2014 #5
    Well it turns out we won't go into too much dept regarding actual calculations and delve into a general principles.
    More or less give a flavor of the theory.
    Thanks for the advise though.
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