“Black Holes and Thermoelectric Transport,” by Jerome Gauntlett (Imperial College London)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
TEP Seminars

Special TEP Seminar

Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 4-330
Thursday, November 17, 2016
10-11 AM

Guest Speaker: Jerome Gauntlett (Imperial College London)

Talk Title: "Black Holes and Thermoelectric Transport"


Wilsonian effective field theory in the vacuum has been well-understood for decades. Much less is known of the general principles for effective field theory in mixed states, that is, within the Schwinger-Keldysh formalism. In this talk I will describe recent progress in understanding the microscopic symmetries of Schwinger-Keldysh effective field theories with an emphasis on theories in thermal states. These symmetries include BRST-like supersymmetries which account for topological limits of Schwinger-Keldysh theories. As an application I will show how the theory of relativistic hydrodynamics arises directly from an effective action, replete with the positivity of local entropy production.

PAB 4-330