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Infosys-ICTS String Theory Lectures
Sameer Murthy (King's College, London, UK)
Date & Time
02 August 2022 to 05 August 2022
Madhava Lecture Hall, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru

Lecture 1: 02 August 2022 at 03:30 pm

Lecture 2: 03 August 2022 at 03:30 pm

Lecture 3: 05 August 2022 at 03:30 pm


The ability to explain the entropy of supersymmetric black holes from a microscopic, statistical viewpoint is an important test of any theory of quantum gravity. I will review recent progress on this problem in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence. Focussing on AdS5/CFT4, I will show how the entropy of supersymmetric black holes in Anti de Sitter space is counted in the microcanonical ensemble by the superconformal index of four-dimensional superconformal field theory at large N. 

In the grand-canonical ensemble, the supersymmetric black hole solution is identified as a saddle-point of the matrix integral representing the superconformal index. I will discuss how this is generalized to an infinite family of solutions/saddle-points with competing free energies, which leads to an intricate phase structure of the theory. Time permitting, I will discuss a third interpretation of the superconformal index as an expansion in terms of determinants/giant gravitons.