Seminars take place at 14:15 in the Erwin-Schrödinger-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 5th floor.

 Upcoming Seminars (2016-2017):

  • Yang-Hui He on 'Calabi-Yau Volumes and Reflexive Polytopes' (23-05-2017)

We study various geometrical quantities for Calabi-Yau varieties realized as cones over Gorenstein Fano varieties, obtained as toric varieties from reflexive polytopes in various dimensions. We concentrate on reflexive polytopes up to dimension 4 and calculate the minimized volume of the Sasaki-Einstein base of the corresponding Calabi-Yau cone. By doing so we conjecture new bounds for the Sasaki-Einstein volume with respect to many topological quantities of the corresponding toric varieties. We give interpretations about these volume bounds in the context of associated field theories via the AdS/CFT correspondence. Based on joint work with R.-K. Seong and S.-T. Yau.

Past Seminars (2016-2017):

  • Anton Alekseev (University of Geneva) on 'Path integrals for Wilson lines and Wilson surfaces' (16-05-2017)
  • Tristan McLoughlin (Trinity College Dublin) on 'Twistors and Conformal Higher-Spin Theory' (09-05-2017)
  • Stefano Cremonesi (Durham University) on 'The infrared physics of bad theories' (24-04-2017)
  • Harold Steinacker (Uni Wien) on `Covariant Quantum Spaces, the IKKT-model & Gravity' (04-04-2017)
  • Eric Bergshoeff (University of Groningen) on `Applied Newton-Cartan Geometry' (21-03-2017)
  • Volker Branding (Uni Wien) on `The full bosonic string as a geometric variational problem' (14-03-2017)
  • Rutger Boels (DESY, Hamburg) on `Minimal Quantum Field Theory' (31-01-2017)
  • Johanna Knapp (TUWien) on `Calabi-Yau compactifications and supersymmetric gauge theory' (24-01-2017)
  • Pan Kessel (MPI für Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam) on `Four-dimensional Vasiliev Theory : An Introduction' (17-01-2017)
  • Marcus Sperling (University of Vienna) on `Properties of the monopole formula' (10-01-2017)
  • Joris Raeymaekers (Prague) on `Multi-centered AdS3 solutions from Virasoro conformal blocks' (19-12-2016)
  • Yuhma Asano (DIAS, Dublin) on `Emergent geometries in the BMN matrix model' (13-12-2016)
  • Maja Buric (Belgrade University) on `Noncommutative spaces and differential geometry' (22-11-2016)
  • Miguel Tierz (Lisbon University) on `Matrix models and phase transitions in supersymmetric gauge theories in three dimensions' (15-11-2016)
  • Raimar Wulkenhaar (Münster) on `Exact solution of quantum field theory toy models' (08-11-2016)
  • Enrice Brehm (LMU, München) on `Classical Holographic Codes' (25-10-2016)
  • Andrea Campoleoni (ULB, Brussels) on `Higher spin theories from a Hamiltonian viewpoint' (18-10-2016)
  • Iva Lovrekovic (TUWien) on `Conformal gravity in four dimensions' (11-10-2017)