School on AdS/CMT Correspondence

March 27 – April 7, 2017

São Paulo, Brazil


logo.png (952×87)


This school will provide students with a panorama of current theoretical problems in condensed matter systems and the tools used to attack them, with a special emphasis on holographic techniques. The first week of the school will contain introductory lectures to GR, AdS/CMT, and effective field theories, setting the foundation for the lectures of the second week on more advanced topics.

Familiarity with quantum field theory will be assumed. Some familiarity with supersymmetry, condensed matter theory and general relativity will be helpful, although an effort will be made to review the necessary material in these areas. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


  • Sean Hartnoll (Stanford University, USA)
  • Horatiu Nastase (IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Diego Trancanelli (USP, Brazil)


First week

Oscar Dias (Southampton University, UK): GR with a view towards AdS/CMT

Sean Hartnoll (Stanford University, USA): Black holes and strange metals
Bibliography: Holographic quantum matter

Hong Liu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, USA): Effective field theories for non-equilibrium systems

Second week

Shamit Kachru (Stanford University, USA): Dualities and metallic criticality
I’ll talk about a variety of field theory dualities, old and new, that are of potential use in condensed matter physics. Then I will discuss one outstanding challenge for field theory techniques in condensed matter, that of understanding metallic criticality.
Bibliography: arXiv:1608.05077arXiv:1609.02149arXiv:1307.0004arXiv:1312.3321 + textbook sources for review of older material, such as Fradkin’s “Field theories of condensed matter physics”.

Jan Zaanen (Leiden U.): Quantum field theory challenges in condensed matter physics
Bibliography: Holographic duality in Condensed Matter Physics; Jan Zaanen, Yan Liu, Ya-Wen Sun, Koenraad Schalm

David Tong (University of Cambridge, UK): Progress in d=2+1 Field Theories
Bibliography: Lectures on the Quantum Hall Effect, especially Section 5.



Additional Information