Dec 19 – 20, 2018
Centre for Particle Theory, Durham
Europe/London timezone

Central charge of self-dual strings from holography

Dec 19, 2018, 3:30 PM
CM107 (Department of Mathematical Sciences)


Department of Mathematical Sciences


Mr Ronnie Rodgers (University of Southampton)


M-theory is a candidate for a theory of quantum gravity. Its fundamental objects are called M2-branes and M5-branes. The low-energy theory describing coincident M5-branes is poorly understood in many respects, with holography providing one of the most useful tools to further that understanding. It is known that the theory should possess solitonic solutions called "self-dual strings". I will review the holographic description of these strings, and show how calculation of entanglement entropy provides a way of calculating an important quantity characterising them: their central charge.

Primary authors

Dr Andy O'Bannon (University of Southampton) Dr Brandon Robinson (University of Southampton) Dr Darya Krym (New York City College of Technology) Dr John Estes (Long Island University) Mr Ronnie Rodgers (University of Southampton)

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