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2014 Arnold Sommerfeld School

Strings and fundamental physics

11.08.2014 – 22.08.2014

The Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics will host a PhD school on ''Strings and fundamental physics'' in the period August 11-22, 2014.


  • Martin Ammon (Jena University): Introduction to Higher Spin Gravity [Videos]
  • Ramy Brustein (Ben-Gurion University): Black hole paradoxes: The clash of quantum mechanics and gravity [Videos]
  • Gia Dvali (LMU Munich): Corpuscular structure of black holes [Videos]
  • Matthias Gaberdiel (ETH Zürich): Higher Spin / CFT duality on AdS3
  • Zohar Komargodski (Weizmann Institute): Aspects of RG flows [Videos]
  • Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton): Entanglement, geometry and black holes [Videos]
  • Vasily Pestun (IAS Princeton): Quantum integrable systems and gauge theories [Videos (1st lecture missing)]
  • Leonardo Rastelli (Stony Brook University): Introduction to the (super)conformal bootstrap [Videos (1st lecture missing)]
  • Henning Samtleben (Lyon University): Supergravity and Exceptional Field Theory [Videos]

Special talks: 

  • Torsten Ensslin (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics): Cosmological results of the Planck mission
  • Frank Simon (Max Planck Institute for Physics): Future Colliders at the Energy Frontier [Video]



The schedule can be found here.



Extramaterial for the lectures can be found here.



Ilka Brunner and Michael Haack



List of participants



Please send a short email to indicating your affiliation, full name and professional status (postdoc, PhD student, ...), before July 13. There is no fee but you will have to arrange your trip and accomodation yourself.



Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics
Theresienstr. 39
80333 München

Lecture hall: B051

Reachable by underground (take line U3 or U6 to stop Universität or line U2 to stop Theresienstraße) and by tram (take line 27 to stop Pinakotheken).


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