The Seminars start at 1:45pm. They are held alternately at:

  • TU Wien (TU): Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10, Freihaus, yellow area, 10th floor, seminar room E136
  • University of Vienna (UV): Boltzmanngasse 5, 5th floor, Schrödinger Lecture Hal


Upcoming Seminars:

26-06-2018, 1:45pm at the TU: Thorsten Schimannek (Univ.  Bonn) will talk on `Fourfolds, integral Fluxes and Modularity'

Abstract: Four-dimensional N=1 vacua of F-theory are determined by three discrete choices.  A topological type of elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau fourfolds, a choice of flux and a minimum of the corresponding scalar potential. While there are several constructions that together provide an abundance of elliptic Calabi-Yaus, the choice of properly quantized flux is in general more involved. The talk will start with a brief review of F-theory and the geometry of Calabi-Yau fourfolds.  I will then explain how topological string theory and homological mirror symmetry can be used to determine properly quantized choices for a particular class of fluxes.  Additional comments will be about certain Fourier-Mukai transformations that act on the underlying basis of topological branes and lead to modular properties of the Gromov-Witten potentials on non-singular Calabi-Yau fourfolds.


Past Seminars (2016-2018):

  • Prof. Martin Schnabl (Univ. Prag) on `Topological defects in open string field theory' (19-06-2018)
  • Prof. T. R. Govindarajan (Chennai, Indien) on `Should photon mass be zero?' (12-06-2018)
  • Peter Presnajder (Comenius University Bratislava) on `Quantum systems in relativistic fuzzy spaces' (05-06-2018)
  • Amihay Hanany (Imperial College London) on `Discrete Gauging and Small E8 instantons in six dimensions' (29-05-2018)
  • Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli (KULeuven) on `Curvature squared invariants in 6D N=(1,0) supergravity' (08-05-2018)
  • Marcus Sperling (University of Vienna) on `Intersecting branes, Higgs sector, and chirality from N=4 SYM with soft SUSY breaking' (24-04-2018)
  • Linus Wulff (Masaryk University, Brno) on `Generalized supergravity and non-abelian T-duality anomaly' (17-04-2018)
  • Pascal Anastasopoulos (University of Vienna) on `Yukawas of light stringy states' (13-03-2018)
  • Peter Allmer (Vienna) on „Fusion of defects in Landau - Ginzburg models in a functorial approach“(23-01-2018)
  • Yihao Yin (Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago de Chile) on 'Vasiliev's equations, (A)dS backgrounds and perturbations' (12-01-2018)
  • Philip Hacker (TU Wien) on „Soft hairy warped black hole entropy“ (12-12-2017)
  • Nikola Gushterov (Oxford U.) on `Holographic Entanglement Density' (05-12-2017)
  • Daniel Fernandez (Iceland U.) on `Entanglement entropy at non-equilibrium in holography' (28-11-2017)
  • Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis (Rudjer-Boskovic-Institute Zagreb) on `Double Field Theory and Membrane Sigma Models' (21-11-2017)
  • Abhiram M. Kidambi (TU Wien) on `Calabi-Yau manifolds and sporadic groups' (14-11-2017)
  • Harold Steinacker (Uni Wien) on 'Quantized cosmological space-times from Yang-Mills matrix models' (07-11-2017)
  • Cedric Troessaert (MPI für Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam) on 'BMS4 at spatial infinity' (24-10-2017)
  • Shailesh Lal (Paris, LPTHE) on 'Quantum Effects in Higher Spin Holography and Tensionless AdS Strings' (17-10-2017)
  • Andrea Campoleoni (ETH Zürich) on 'Higher-spin BMS symmetries in four dimensions and soft theorems' (16-10-2017)
  • Harald Grosse (Uni Wien) on 'Quantum field theory models on noncommutative spaces' (12-10-2017)
  • Olaf Krüger (Uni Wien) on 'The Embedding of gauged N = 8 supergravity into 11 dimensions' (10-10-2017)
  • Jnanadeva Maharana (Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar) on 'High energy behavior of scattering cross sections' (03-10-2017)
  • Christoph Roupec (Uni Wien) on 'Inflation in Supergravity' (27-06-2017)
  • Andjelo Samsarov (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb) on 'Black hole quasinormal modes in twisted models of matter minimally coupled to gravity' (30-05-2017)
  • Yang-Hui He on 'Calabi-Yau Volumes and Reflexive Polytopes' (23-05-2017)
  • 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' (11-10-2016)