Holography and Applied String Theory (13w5054)


Johanna Erdmenger (Max Planck Institute, Munich)

Sean Hartnoll (Stanford University)

Gordon Semenoff (University of British Columbia)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Holography and Applied String Theory" workshop from February 10th to February 15th, 2013.

This week, theoretical and mathematical physicists from leading research groups
worldwide are converging on the Banff International Research Station to
brainstorm the potential applications of string theory for understanding
a wide array of physical systems, from the behavior of semi-conductors
and superconductors to the fireball that is created by the high energy
collision of lead atoms. String theory is already famous and sometimes
controversial as a candidate for a ``theory of everything''. The topic
of discussion this week has a different focus, it is about whether the
high powered mathematical techniques that string theorists use, and the
phenomenally rich structure of the theory itself can be used to solve
specific, previously intractable physical problems.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).