8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
US/Eastern timezone

Minimal Holography: Higher spin gravity from 2d CFTs

Aug 10, 2011, 2:50 PM
551 B (Rhode Island Convention Center)

551 B

Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Field and String Theory Field and String Theory


Dr Thomas Hartman (Institute for Advanced Study)


It was recently conjectured that higher spin gravity in three dimensions is holographically dual to a simple, exactly solveable conformal field theory called the W_N minimal model. This raises the possibility of tackling some difficult questions in holography or quantum gravity by performing exact computations at all values of the coupling. I will describe the motivation for studying simplified models of holography based on higher spin gravity, and prove that in this particular duality the spectrum matches exactly at large N.

Primary authors

Dr Matthias R. Gaberdiel (ETH Zurich) Dr Rajesh Gopakumar (Harish-Chandra Research Institute) Dr Suvrat Raju (Harish-Chandra Research Institute) Dr Thomas Hartman (Institute for Advanced Study)

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