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## Wilson Surface Central Charge from HolographyAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Andy O'Bannon, Southampton
- Wednesday 13 February 2019, 14:15-15:15
- MR2, Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Francesca Chadha-Day. M-theory is currently our best candidate for a theory of everything, but remains mysterious. We know M-theory has M2- and M5-branes. The low-energy theory on a stack of coincident M2-branes is well-understood: it is maximally supersymmetric Chern-Simons-matter theory. However, the low-energy theory on a stack of coincident M5-branes remains poorly-understood: it is a maximally supersymmetric theory of self-dual strings with zero tension. In this talk I will discuss one type of probe of the M5-brane theory, namely self-dual strings with infinite tension. These play a role analogous to Wilson lines in gauge theories, but are two-dimensional surfaces rather than lines, and hence are called Wilson surfaces. I will describe holographic calculations of entanglement entropy associated with Wilson surfaces from which we extract a key parameter characterizing them, namely their central charge. This provides a count of the number of massless degrees of freedom living on them, and thus may shed light on some of the fundamental degrees of freedom of M-theory. Along the way I will summarize recent developments in studying two-dimensional defects in conformal field theories more generally. This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Colloquium series. ## This talk is included in these lists:- All CMS events
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