Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting
Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:00 AM
Physics Building, Room 204
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Balasubramanian, Cvetic, Kharzeev, & Langacker
[Host: Diana Vaman]
University of Pennsylvania, Brookhaven National Laboratory, & Institute for Advanced Study
"Virginia and Maryland String and Particle Theory Meeting"

ABSTRACT:
1011 a.m.  Dmitri Kharzeev (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"The chiral magnetic effect and chiral hydrodynamics of relativistic plasmas"
The interplay of quantum anomalies, topology and magnetic field
results in a number of surprising phenomena in relativistic plasmas. In particular, the
chirality imbalance induces the separation of electric charge along the axis of magnetic
field (the Chiral Magnetic Effect, CME). The existence of CME has been
confirmed by the lattice QCDxQED computations, and there is an
evidence for it from heavy ion experiments at RHIC and LHC. The CME
current is nondissipative, and persists in strongly coupled systems
that admit hydrodynamical description. Quantum anomalies significantly
affect the hydrodynamics of relativistic plasmas leading in particular
to the emergence of novel gapless collective excitations. Apart from
the quarkgluon plasma, the CME current and related phenomena can
exist in chiral materials (e.g. graphene, topological insulators, and
Weyl semimetals).
11 a.m.12 p.m.  Mirjam Cvetic (University of Pennsylvania)
"General Black Holes and Their Microscopics"
We review properties of multicharged rotating black holes in asymptotically Minkowski and antideSitter spacetimes, as solutions of maximally supersymmetric compactifications of String Theory. We focus on recent progress in deriving the conformal invariance and the microscopics of general, asymptotically flat rotating black holes in four and fivedimensions.
23 p.m.  Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)
"Momentum space entanglement and renormalization in quantum field theory"
The degrees of freedom of any interacting quantum field theory are entangled in momentum space. Thus, in the vacuum state, the infrared degrees of freedom are described by a density matrix with an entanglement entropy. We derive a relation between this density matrix and a Wilsonian effective action. We argue that the entanglement entropy of and mutual information between subsets of field theoretic degrees of freedom at different momentum scales are natural observables in quantum field theory and demonstrate how to compute these in perturbation theory. The results may be understood heuristically based on the scaledependence of the coupling strength and number of degrees of freedom. We measure the rate at which entanglement between degrees of freedom declines as their scales separate and suggest that this decay is related to the property of decoupling in quantum field theory.
34 p.m.  Paul Langacker (Institute for Advanced Study)
"New Physics from the String Vacuum"
Concrete semirealistic string constructions often lead to predictions for low energy physics that
are more complicated than the usual MSSM paradigm. These often include string remnants such as additional U(1)' gauge symmetries, extended quasichiral fermion sectors, and extended Higgs/neutralino sectors.
Nonstandard mechanisms for obtaining small Dirac or Majorana neutrino masses (or both) are another common occurence. Examples of such ``beyond the MSSM'' physics and their consequences will be discussed, mainly drawn from Type IIA quivers.



