Gauge Fields, Gravity and Strings

Quantum theory and General Relativity are the two main pillars of theoretical physics. Together they describe the real world over a large range of scales, however, individually both have their limitations. Quantum theory cannot account for large scale phenomena such as gravity and the cosmological constant. General relativity breaks down at small scales with the prediction of singularities and cannot explain the thermodynamic properties of black holes microscopically.

String theory provides a theoretical framework where both theories are consistently unified. It provides a very deep connection between gauge theory (open strings) and gravity (closed strings), which in turn led to the AdS/CFT correspondence. This is an example of a gauge/gravity duality, in which the dynamical degrees of freedom of a strongly coupled gauge theory rearrange themselves into degrees of freedom of a weakly coupled gravitational theory. It also provides an explicit realisation of the holographic principle which explains the thermodynamic properties of black holes.

Our research focuses on the geometry of supersymmetry and supergravity, the classification of gravitational solutions in various dimensions, black holes and their applications to the AdS/CFT duality, and the development of holography in more general spacetimes.

Researchers

Harry Braden

0131 650 5072

Luigi Del Debbio

+44 (0)131 650 5212

José Miguel Figueroa-O'Farrill

+44 (0)131 650 5066

Einan Gardi

+44 (0)131 650 6469

James Lucietti

+44 (0)131 651 7179

Dhritiman Nandan

Donal O'Connell

+44 (0) 131 6505264

Alexander Ochirov

+44 (0) 131 6505244

Roberto Pellegrini

+44 (0)1316506572

Antonin Portelli

+44 (0)131 650 5239

Joan Simon

+44 (0)131 650 8571

Roman Zwicky

+44 (0)131 650 5243

Associates

Carl Bender

WUSTL, St. Louis

+1 (314) 935-6216

Ruth Britto

Trinity College Dublin

+353 1 896 3945

Poul Damgaard

University of Copenhagen

+45 353 25376

Jan de Boer

Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam

Claude Duhr

Université catholique de Louvain; CERN

Martin Lüscher

CERN - Theoretical Physics

Affiliates

Simon Badger

Brian Dolan

Maynooth University, Mathematical Physics

+353 1 7083762

Nick Dorey

University of Cambridge

Anatoly Konechny

+44 (0) 131 451 3077

John March-Russell

University of Oxford

+44 (0)1223 337883

Carlos Nunez

University of Swansea

+44 (0)1792 295737

Christian Saemann

+44 (0) 131 451 3966

Graham Shore

+44 (0)1792 295737

Richard Szabo

Heriot-Watt University

+44 (0)131 451 3236

David Tong

University of Cambridge

+44 (0)1223 337874

PhD Students

Veronika Breunholder

Susanne Ehret

Marco Garofalo

Alex Howes

School of Mathematics

Joël Mabillard

+44 (0)131 650 5273

James Matthew

Calum Milloy

Gustav Mogull

Isobel Nicholson

+44 (0)131 650 5273

Vladimir Prochazka

+44 (0)131 650 6572

Ben Pullin

Joscha Reichel