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String Theory, QCD and Black Holes

Objective

I intend to use string theory to understand gauge theories in four dimensions, both at strong and weak coupling. This includes describing strongly interacting gauge theories and their metastable vacua using their supergravity and string duals, as well as understanding gauge theories at intermediate coupling via integrability. It also includes using and developing new string-inspired twistor-space techniques to analyze QCD and N=1 amplitudes at one loop level. I also plan to thoroughly investigate the implications of string theory for the physics of black holes. In particular I want to construct and analyze black hole microstates -- smooth horizon-less solutions that are very similar to the black hole asymptotically, but differ from the black hole at the location of the horizon. Counting and understanding these microstates via the AdS-CFT correspondence will establish whether black holes should be thought of as ensembles of such microstate geometries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/string theory
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/black hole

Call for proposal

ERC-2009-StG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 652 500
Principal investigator
Iosif Lucian Razvan Bena (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Christophe Coste (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 652 500
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Principal investigator
Iosif Lucian Razvan Bena (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Christophe Coste (Mr.)