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Applications of the AdS/CFT correspondence to strongly coupled dynamics

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 - 15:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
Alice Bernamonti
phd defence

The dissertation deals with applications of the dualities between gravity theories in
asymptotically anti de Sitter (AdS) space-times and conformal field theories (CFTs)
formulated on the space-time boundary. Advances in understanding the strongly coupled
dynamics of the quantum regime of gravity and of ordinary gauge theories via the
AdS/CFT correspondence are discussed. The focus is on the study of cosmological
singularities in AdS space-times and of the thermalization process of the quark-gluon
plasma phase of matter produced at RHIC and LHC.