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Strings 2010: Schedule of Talks

  1. Feb 19, 2010 #1

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    here available

    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/Conference.html [Broken]

    And list of speakers:
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/speakers.html [Broken]
     
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  3. Feb 19, 2010 #2

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    Arivero, I mentioned the schedule of talks a couple of days ago in another thread. It certainly deserves to be broadcast, but the information still seems incomplete.
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2585212#post2585212
    The list of speakers has been available for a month or so. They have a lot of big names on board this time!
    But so far I do not find the titles of the talks. Do you? There is a "schedule of talks" that just gives timeslots, labeled "talk".
    So one sees a list that says "talk, talk, talk, talk,..." but this gives no titles.

    The schedule page gives a link that purports to be to titles, but so far this link does not go anywhere. Is this a problem with my computer? Do you get titles of talks?
     
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  4. Feb 19, 2010 #3

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    Indeed :wink:

    More seriosly, I tryed SPIRES for a few of the names in the speaker list, but I didn't get any insight.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2010 #4

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    Finally on 22 Feb, a page listing some titles of talks has been posted, however most of the talks are "TBA".
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/TitleofTalks.html [Broken]
    The conference starts three weeks from today.
    I'm interested to see what proportion of the talks are only periferally related to extra-dimensions unification and qg (core superstring/M).
    And what fraction are mainly about other stuff---like LHC, applications of string math to superconductivity, future of empirical particle physics, Horava-Lifgarbagez 4d gravity...

    So far there is so much TBA ("to be announced") that it is hard to form an impression.
    ==quote==

    Talks at Strings 2010:

    Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Jan de Boer (U. of Amsterdam)
    TBA
    Mirjam Cvetic (U. of Pennsylvania)
    TBA
    Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz)
    TBA
    Lance J. Dixon (SLAC)
    Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity
    Nadav Drukker (Humboldt U., Berlin)
    TBA
    John Ellis (CERN)
    Searching for new physics at the LHC
    Jerome P. Gauntlett (Imperial College)
    Holographic Superconductors in M-Theory
    Davide Gaiotto (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Jaume Gomis (Perimeter Institute)
    TBA
    Michael B. Green (Cambridge U.)
    TBA
    Christopher P. Herzog (Princeton U.)
    Holographic Superconductors with Pencil and Paper
    Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors
    Shamit Kachru (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    New Horizons in AdS/CFT
    Vladimir Kazakov (ENS and Paris U. VI-VII)
    Y-system for the spectrum of planar AdS/CFT: news and checks
    Igor Klebanov (Princeton U. )
    Branes with Topological Charges and AdS/CFT
    Jan Louis (Hamburg U.)
    Spontaenous N=2 -> N=1 supersymmetry breaking
    Dieter Lüst (Max Planck Institute & ASC Munich)
    Supersymmetry breaking on generalized geometries
    Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Dario Martelli (King's College)
    TBA
    Liam McAllister (Cornell U. )
    Nonperturbative Contributions to D3-brane Potentials
    Ilarion V. Melnikov (AEI Potsdam)
    Linear sigma models and heterotic moduli spaces
    Gregory W. Moore (Rutgers U.)
    TBA
    Nikita Nekrasov (IHES)
    TBA
    Hirosi Ooguri (CALTECH)
    TBA
    Joseph Polchinski (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    TBA
    Fernando Quevedo (Cambridge U. & CERN)
    TBA
    Natalia Saulina (Perimeter Institute)
    TBA
    Sakura Schafer-Nameki (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    TBA
    Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra I. )
    TBA
    Savdeep Sethi (Chicago U. EFI)
    TBA
    Eva Silverstein (KITP, Santa Barbara )
    TBA
    Andrew Strominger (Harvard U.)
    TBA
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U.)
    TBA
    Yuji Tachikawa (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Washington Taylor (MIT)
    TBA
    Johannes Walcher (CERN)
    TBA
    Steven Weinberg (U. of Texas, Austin)
    TBA
    Edward Witten ( IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Xi Yin (Harvard, U.)
    TBA
    ==endquote==
     
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  6. Feb 23, 2010 #5

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    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/TitleofTalks.html [Broken]
    The conference starts 20 days from now.
    I'm interested to see what proportion of the talks turn out to be only marginally related to core superstring/M---in other words to extra-dimensions, unification, and qg.
    And what fraction will be mainly about other stuff---like LHC, applications of string math to superconductivity, future of empirical particle physics, Horava-Lifgarbagez 4d gravity, string math applied to nuclear physics,...

    So far we know 14 out of the total list of 40 titles.
    ==quote==

    Talks at Strings 2010:

    Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Jan de Boer (U. of Amsterdam)
    TBA
    Mirjam Cvetic (U. of Pennsylvania)
    TBA
    Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz)
    Symmetries in String Theory
    Lance J. Dixon (SLAC)
    Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity
    Nadav Drukker (Humboldt U., Berlin)
    TBA
    John Ellis (CERN)
    Searching for new physics at the LHC
    Jerome P. Gauntlett (Imperial College)
    Holographic Superconductors in M-Theory
    Davide Gaiotto (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Jaume Gomis (Perimeter Institute)
    TBA
    Michael B. Green (Cambridge U.)
    TBA
    Christopher P. Herzog (Princeton U.)
    Holographic Superconductors with Pencil and Paper
    Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors
    Shamit Kachru (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    New Horizons in AdS/CFT
    Vladimir Kazakov (ENS and Paris U. VI-VII)
    Y-system for the spectrum of planar AdS/CFT: news and checks
    Igor Klebanov (Princeton U. )
    Branes with Topological Charges and AdS/CFT
    Jan Louis (Hamburg U.)
    Spontaenous N=2 -> N=1 supersymmetry breaking
    Dieter Lüst (Max Planck Institute & ASC Munich)
    Supersymmetry breaking on generalized geometries
    Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Dario Martelli (King's College)
    TBA
    Liam McAllister (Cornell U. )
    Nonperturbative Contributions to D3-brane Potentials
    Ilarion V. Melnikov (AEI Potsdam)
    Linear sigma models and heterotic moduli spaces
    Gregory W. Moore (Rutgers U.)
    TBA
    Nikita Nekrasov (IHES)
    TBA
    Hirosi Ooguri (CALTECH)
    TBA
    Joseph Polchinski (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    TBA
    Fernando Quevedo (Cambridge U. & CERN)
    TBA
    Natalia Saulina (Perimeter Institute)
    TBA
    Sakura Schafer-Nameki (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    TBA
    Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra I. )
    TBA
    Savdeep Sethi (Chicago U. EFI)
    TBA
    Eva Silverstein (KITP, Santa Barbara )
    TBA
    Andrew Strominger (Harvard U.)
    The Kerr-Fermi Sea
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U.)
    TBA
    Yuji Tachikawa (IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Washington Taylor (MIT)
    TBA
    Johannes Walcher (CERN)
    TBA
    Steven Weinberg (U. of Texas, Austin)
    TBA
    Edward Witten ( IAS Princeton)
    TBA
    Xi Yin (Harvard, U.)
    TBA
    ==endquote==
     
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  7. Feb 23, 2010 #6

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    To get a sense of how the wind is blowing, take a look at the beautiful paper by
    Hartman, Song, and Strominger, which Strominger will be presenting in his talk at next month's Strings 2010.

    http://arxiv.org/abs/0912.4265
    The Kerr-Fermi Sea
    17 pages, 1 figure
    (Submitted on 21 Dec 2009)
    "The presence of a massive scalar field near a Kerr black hole is known to produce instabilities associated with bound superradiant modes. In this paper we show that for massive fermions, rather than inducing an instability, the bound superradiant modes condense and form a Fermi sea which extends well outside the ergosphere. The shape of this Fermi sea in phase space and various other properties are analytically computed in the semiclassical WKB approximation. The low energy effective theory near the black hole is described by ripples in the Fermi surface. Expressions are derived for their dispersion relation and the effective force on particles which venture into the sea."

    There are a couple of speculative references to stringy papers: "this could be related to so-and-so [Kerr/CFT] but it's not sure how that would work out..." that kind of thing.

    I admire Strominger in part because of the frank honest way he spoke out at Toronto Strings 2005.

    Arivero I remember a couple of times you have used the phrase "silver bridge"---for an attractive escape route out of core string research. What may be shaping up here is a festival of the silver bridges---like a trade fair in which each of the leading masters shows his best exit strategy :biggrin:
    How best to segue out of the extra dimensions imbroglio.

    Or it could be this in part, but mixed with other trends. It is going to be interesting.

    As I recall Susskind and anthropic multiverses were frozen out of Madrid 2007, Geneva 2008, and Rome 2009. Landscape talk was kept at an absolute minimum as I recall--at least in 2008 and 2009. But back here in the Good Ole Home territory of College Station---proud site of the Texas Agriculture and Mechanics (A&M) college, what happens?
    They let Susskind back on board to give a talk! Will it be about the Multiverse? Will we be back in the Landscape again?
     
  8. Feb 25, 2010 #7

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    Regretly there is still a lot of ADS/CFT.

    I am not sure if they need a silver bridge (this is a military term, for escape during a battle) or simply a way out of the forest. They have some trained guides, but no real motivation to follow any of them particularly.

    As you know, I am now in the belief that there is an exit route: to add an infinitesimal 12th dimension to M-theory so you are in a even dimension and with the right charges for Kaluza Klein compactification of the standard model (this is because the 12th amounts basically to B-L charge). Then use M-theory to simultaneusly be aware of: -
    • B-L in dimension 12
    • SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) in dimension 11 and SU(3)xU(1) with one broken supersymmetry
    • chiral fermions in dimension 10 (the ones in 12 have the same quantum numbers in R and L)
    • flavour from SO(32) or E8xE8

    I can identify some authors who could be in good shape for such exit route. Of course Witten did lead the rediscovery of the multiple roles of dimension 11. M Cvetic has a lot of joint work with Pope, and her AdS work is around the spaces used in Kaluza Klein. N=8 Supergravity and its breaking to N=1 is present in Aloff Wanach spaces (the ones with SU(3)xU(1)) so training and work in this area also could make contact with the way out.

    Not sure if the right methaphor is a forest or a mine. It seems that some drilling work is still needed.

    Last but not least, a model, from AdS/QCD or whatever, where a "hadronic" string is able to emit a "diquark" string should be very interesting because it amounts to a decay of barionic strings into a pair of "diquark" and "quark" strings. And a model with both kinds of strings has the property I call sBootstrapping, very close to N=1 supersymmetry. It is the only personal motivation I feel to keep looking a bit into the AdS/QCD bussiness, but I would prefer to go back to the age of Susskind and Schwarz and Ramond, when the string was inherently hadronic.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2010 #8

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    You point to many interesting alternatives! I want to see how the talks sort out and whether any of the speakers explore directions similar to those you suggest. Fascinating business!


    Now we know 16 out of the total list of 40 titles.

    ==quote==

    Talks at Strings 2010:

    Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz)
    Symmetries in String Theory
    Lance J. Dixon (SLAC)
    Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity
    Nadav Drukker (Humboldt U., Berlin)
    A supermatrix model for ABJM theory
    John Ellis (CERN)
    Searching for new physics at the LHC
    Jerome P. Gauntlett (Imperial College)
    Holographic Superconductors in M-Theory
    Christopher P. Herzog (Princeton U.)
    Holographic Superconductors with Pencil and Paper
    Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors
    Shamit Kachru (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    New Horizons in AdS/CFT
    Vladimir Kazakov (ENS and Paris U. VI-VII)
    Y-system for the spectrum of planar AdS/CFT: news and checks
    Igor Klebanov (Princeton U. )
    Branes with Topological Charges and AdS/CFT
    Jan Louis (Hamburg U.)
    Spontaenous N=2 -> N=1 supersymmetry breaking
    Dieter Lüst (Max Planck Institute & ASC Munich)
    Supersymmetry breaking on generalized geometries
    Liam McAllister (Cornell U. )
    Nonperturbative Contributions to D3-brane Potentials
    Ilarion V. Melnikov (AEI Potsdam)
    Linear sigma models and heterotic moduli spaces
    Andrew Strominger (Harvard U.)
    The Kerr-Fermi Sea
    Washington Taylor (MIT)
    Global aspects of the 6D supergravity landscape

    ==endquote==
     
  10. Feb 26, 2010 #9

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    Now we know 18 out of the total list of 40 titles. It's beginning to be a fair sample.
    I will color blue the ones I suspect are not primarily about core string theory. So far they seem very much in the minority (most talks are stringy, as is to be expected). Please let me know if you think I'm misclassifying any of them.

    ==quote==

    Talks at Strings 2010:

    Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz)
    Symmetries in String Theory
    Lance J. Dixon (SLAC)
    Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity

    Nadav Drukker (Humboldt U., Berlin)
    A supermatrix model for ABJM theory
    John Ellis (CERN)
    Searching for new physics at the LHC

    Petr Horava (UC & LBL Berkeley)
    Quantum Gravity with Anisotropic Scaling

    Jerome P. Gauntlett (Imperial College)
    Holographic Superconductors in M-Theory
    Christopher P. Herzog (Princeton U.)
    Holographic Superconductors with Pencil and Paper
    Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors
    Shamit Kachru (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    New Horizons in AdS/CFT
    Vladimir Kazakov (ENS and Paris U. VI-VII)
    Y-system for the spectrum of planar AdS/CFT: news and checks
    Igor Klebanov (Princeton U. )
    Branes with Topological Charges and AdS/CFT
    Jan Louis (Hamburg U.)
    Spontaenous N=2 -> N=1 supersymmetry breaking
    Dieter Lüst (Max Planck Institute & ASC Munich)
    Supersymmetry breaking on generalized geometries
    Dario Martelli (King's College)
    Interpolating geometries and gauge/gravity duality
    Liam McAllister (Cornell U. )
    Nonperturbative Contributions to D3-brane Potentials
    Ilarion V. Melnikov (AEI Potsdam)
    Linear sigma models and heterotic moduli spaces
    Andrew Strominger (Harvard U.)
    The Kerr-Fermi Sea

    Washington Taylor (MIT)
    Global aspects of the 6D supergravity landscape

    ==endquote==
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/TitleofTalks.html [Broken]
     
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    thanks for pointing that out, Atyy! However it is Horava who is giving the talk on anisotropic scaling QG, and his work so far has been primarily on Horava-Lifgarbagez gravity. The focus is primarily 4D.

    So I will consider what you said but assume his talk will be mainly 4D unless I hear something different.

    BTW I sampled your links. The Kachru paper says (page 3)
    "Henceforth, we will focus on the case...(appropriate ...); so we will be studying gravity in four dimensions."

    This is the link http://arxiv.org/abs/0808.1725 that you gave. It tends to confirm my suspicion that top people in the string community (like Kachru) are tending to shift interest away from ten or eleven dimensions and more in the direction of 4D.

    Your link to the Polchinski paper http://arxiv.org/abs/0912.1061 bears this out:

    "For concreteness, and with a view to ultimately connecting to interesting experimental systems, we focus on 2+1 dimensional field theories, with 3+1 dimensional bulk duals." (page 8)

    Later in the paper they pay their respects to extra dimensions by showing possible ways to embed what they've been doing in a string context. But here we have Polchinski and Eva Silverstein focusing on a 4D bulk.

    Of course Kachru, Polchinski, Silverstein are some of the most prominent string folks around. So your links provide interesting straws-in-the-wind.

    Bears out the general trend we've seen earlier with Witten, Horava, Verlinde, Nicolai.
     
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    Well, perhaps that should go under what you call string math to QCD and condensed matter then. But then everything with AdS/CFT or gauge/gravity duality should be blue too (or are there attempts to get the standard model of particle physics/cosmology out of AdS/CFT?). Maybe only Saulina's and Schafer-Nameki's talks will be really trying to make unification work, as opposed to studying a very interesting toy model of quantum gravity.
     
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  14. Feb 27, 2010 #13

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    What I've emphasized in the post you are responding to is the 4D trend in recent work by some top string folks. The tendency to give up on "extra dimensions". A few prominent people seem to be shifting focus in several different ways but all involve giving up the large number of compactified extra dimensions that were so prevalent a few years back.

    You may be able to see this trend reflected in other talks. If some of the others are primarily 4D, then please point them out and I'll highlight them.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2010 #14

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    Well, I'm not thinking so much 4D as you are, perhaps there a more dramatic non-stringyness than that. While the papers I mentioned are still self-professedly stringy, the Kerr/CFT work you highlight above is, I believe, avowedly agnostic about strings.

    http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.4266
    "It is an occasional misconception, however, that the existence of holographic dualities is contingent on the validity of string theory. This is not the case. .................... When holographic duality was used to find the microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy for a class of black holes, the construction at first appeared to depend heavily on details of string theory. However, it was later understood to apply to essentially any consistent, unitary quantum theory of gravity containing the black holes as classical solutions. .................... For that to be determined we would need an ultraviolet completion (for example string theory) of quantum gravity on the Kerr background. However the information about the central charge, together with the assumption of unitarity, turns out to be exactly enough to compute the extreme Kerr entropy"
     
  16. Feb 27, 2010 #15

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    Perhaps there are other ex-string trends showing up. But I'm content to watch for something mundane and simple---top people getting into work that does not involve extra spatial dimensions.

    Witten working on 3D gravity.
    Verlinde connecting ordinary 4D gravity with thermodynamics
    Nicolai on 4D unification
    Horava-Lifgarbagez primarily 4D
    Strominger's purely 4D Kerr-Fermi Sea paper to be delivered at Strings 2010.

    Here's Strominger's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/0912.4265. It has the same title as the name of his talk so I guess that's what he is presenting.

    The Kerr-Fermi Sea paper does not mention strings anywhere and it is pure straight 4D. Explicitly so. See equations 3.3 or 3.10. I guess the highlighted "Kerr/CFT work" you refer to must be that paper.
    I'd say though that Strominger's Kerr-Fermi Sea paper does not avow anything about strings---for the simple reason that it does not mention string theory. I suppose if it could avow something, the paper would avow apathy and disinterest :biggrin:

    Atyy, you have a really interesting quote from an earlier Strominger paper!
    http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.4266
    "It is an occasional misconception, however, that the existence of holographic dualities is contingent on the validity of string theory. This is not the case. .................... When holographic duality was used to find the microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy for a class of black holes, the construction at first appeared to depend heavily on details of string theory. However, it was later understood to apply to essentially any consistent, unitary quantum theory of gravity containing the black holes as classical solutions. .................... For that to be determined we would need an ultraviolet completion (for example string theory) of quantum gravity on the Kerr background. However the information about the central charge, together with the assumption of unitarity, turns out to be exactly enough to compute the extreme Kerr entropy"


    It could be that I am overlooking a bunch of AdS/CFT papers, about, say, superconductivity. It could be that they are part of the move out of string theory. And maybe I should color some blue. Something you said suggested this. But I'd like to see the abstracts, so as to be more sure. Right now I want to stick to the criterion that something should not rely on imagining extra spatial dimensions, whether compactified or "brane". Are some of these superconductivity papers actually 4D? (or 5D, no need to quibble.)
     
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    Oh, I see I misread your earlier post and the Kerr-Fermi paper - I thought it was related to the Kerr/CFT paper, but I see it's not. Anyway, the quote is worth the tangent. :biggrin:

    Take say Horowitz's http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.1722 "The four dimensional bulk theory (2) is dual to a 2+1 dimensional boundary theory. ... I should emphasize that at the moment we are not trying to derive the gravitational theory from string theory. ... However, we will see later that this simple model can, in fact, be realized as a consistent truncation of string theory. ......... This has now been extended to a full description by two different groups. Gauntlett et al. [16] realized the m2 = -2, q = 2 model in M theory. In other words, they found a consistent truncation of eleven dimensional supergravity in which the four dimensional fields were just a metric, Maxwell field and charged scalar with this mass and charge. Gubser et al. [26] realized the same model in one higher dimension (a five dimensional bulk which is dual to a 3+1 dimensional superconductor) with m2 = -3, q = 2 in type IIB string theory. Both groups used Sasaki-Einstein compactifications with U(1) symmetry, where the charged scalar is related to the size of the U(1) fibration." (Gauntlett et al http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.3796, Gubser et al http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.3510) So would Horowitz's paper be 4D or not by your definition?
     
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  18. Feb 27, 2010 #17

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    Atyy thanks for this very useful reference! I have not classified these "superconductivity" papers because I don't feel familiar enough with the subject. I do see that one of the talks at the conference is going to be:

    Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors

    and you have steered me to a recent arxiv paper that gives a good idea of what the talk will be like!
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.1722
    Introduction to Holographic Superconductors
    Gary T. Horowitz
    34 pages, 10 figures
    (Submitted on 9 Feb 2010)
    "These lectures give an introduction to the theory of holographic superconductors. These are superconductors that have a dual gravitational description using gauge/gravity duality. After introducing a suitable gravitational theory, we discuss its properties in various regimes: the probe limit, the effects of backreaction, the zero temperature limit, and the addition of magnetic fields. Using the gauge/gravity dictionary, these properties reproduce many of the standard features of superconductors. Some familiarity with gauge/gravity duality is assumed. A list of open problems is included at the end."

    I'm not able to "render an opinion" right now but I will have a look. I suspect what I'm seeing is that this year there are more papers on application of string math to interesting nuclear and condensed physics, fewer papers striving to capture the fundamental laws of nature and reveal the wellsprings of the standard model and all that.

    And if the keynote is applications of AdS/CFT then according to your Strominger quote that doesn't specifically require a stringy basis of reality. It is mathematics that can work in 2D, 3D and 4D apparently as a straightforward math tool.

    But I'm only in a position to speculate at this point. Eventually I hope the conference site will post the abstracts of the talks. We'll get a solider impression of what's happening, on balance.

    I'll bring along the Strominger quote, from Atyy post #14:
    http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.4266
    "It is an occasional misconception, however, that the existence of holographic dualities is contingent on the validity of string theory. This is not the case. .................... When holographic duality was used to find the microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy for a class of black holes, the construction at first appeared to depend heavily on details of string theory. However, it was later understood to apply to essentially any consistent, unitary quantum theory of gravity containing the black holes as classical solutions. .................... For that to be determined we would need an ultraviolet completion (for example string theory) of quantum gravity on the Kerr background. However the information about the central charge, together with the assumption of unitarity, turns out to be exactly enough to compute the extreme Kerr entropy"
     
  19. Mar 2, 2010 #18

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    Conference starts 15 March, less than 2 weeks away.
    But still only 18 talks have their titles posted at the official website:
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/TitleofTalks.html [Broken]
    out of a planned total of 40 talks.
    Michael Dine gives the first talk on Monday. Leonard Susskind will give the final talk on Friday.
    Both have made a big deal in the past about the String Landscape---the 10500 different vacua or versions of physics. Susskind advocating application of anthropic considerations, Dine applying statistics and probabilisitic reasoning. Neither played a part in Strings 2008 and Strings 2009. So there may be a change of emphasis.
     
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  20. Mar 2, 2010 #19

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    Listing the titles of talks by what days they are scheduled on. Days have around 8 timeslots on average (Wednesday's a short day because there's a barbecue in the afternoon.)

    Monday
    1. Michael Dine (UC Santa Cruz)
    Symmetries in String Theory
    5. Nadav Drukker (Humboldt U., Berlin)
    A supermatrix model for ABJM theory
    9. John Ellis (CERN)
    Searching for new physics at the LHC

    Tuesday
    2. Andrew Strominger (Harvard U.)
    The Kerr-Fermi Sea
    9. Washington Taylor (MIT)
    Global aspects of the 6D supergravity landscape

    Wednesday
    1.Gary Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
    Recent Developments in Holographic Superconductors
    2. Jerome P. Gauntlett (Imperial College)
    Holographic Superconductors in M-Theory
    4. Christopher P. Herzog (Princeton U.)
    Holographic Superconductors with Pencil and Paper
    6. Ilarion V. Melnikov (AEI Potsdam)
    Linear sigma models and heterotic moduli spaces

    Thursday
    2. Jan Louis (Hamburg U.)
    Spontaenous N=2 -> N=1 supersymmetry breaking
    3. Dieter Lüst (Max Planck Institute & ASC Munich)
    Supersymmetry breaking on generalized geometries
    7. Petr Horava (UC & LBL Berkeley)
    Quantum Gravity with Anisotropic Scaling
    8. Lance J. Dixon (SLAC)
    Perturbative Ultraviolet Behavior of N=8 Supergravity

    Friday
    2. Dario Martelli (King's College)
    Interpolating geometries and gauge/gravity duality
    3. Vladimir Kazakov (ENS and Paris U. VI-VII)
    Y-system for the spectrum of planar AdS/CFT: news and checks
    4. Shamit Kachru (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    New Horizons in AdS/CFT
    5. Liam McAllister (Cornell U.)
    Nonperturbative Contributions to D3-brane Potentials
    6. Igor Klebanov (Princeton U. )
    Branes with Topological Charges and AdS/CFT
    7. Leonard Susskind (Stanford U.)
    concluding talk


    The schedule:
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/Conference.html [Broken]
    The titles:
    http://mitchell.physics.tamu.edu/Conference/string2010/TitleofTalks.html [Broken]
     
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  21. Mar 9, 2010 #20

    marcus

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    6 days to go. The plan is to have 41 talks. Of these, titles for 21 have been posted. Three titles just appeared today, including Maldacena's---scheduled as the first talk on Friday.

    FRIDAY
    1. Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton)
    Minimal surfaces in Anti-de-Sitter, Wilson loops and scattering amplitudes

    7. Leonard Susskind (Stanford U.)
    Eternal Inflation and Holography

    TUESDAY
    8. Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra I. )
    Black holes and discrete symmetry
     
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