Introductory Minicourse on AdS-CFT

May 29 – June 2, 2023

ICTP-SAIFR, São Paulo, Brazil


In order to provide students with the necessary background to be able to benefit from the Holography@25 event, there will be a hybrid series of 10 lectures in the 5 days before the event (May 29th to June 2) by Horatiu Nastase on an Introduction to AdS/CFT. The target audience are Masters and PhD students who are not familiar with AdS/CFT.

The lectures will be held in-person  in the IFT-UNESP auditorium. Online participants from the Holography@25 school will receive a zoom link by E-mail. The course will include quick reviews of relevant issues about supersymmetry and supergravity, string theory and conformal field theory, as well as daily problem-solving sessions and Q&A sessions.

The event will be followed by the Holography@25 event which will include a School (June 5-13, 2023) for graduate students and a Workshop (June 14-17, 2023) for researchers.

There is no registration fee or application form and interested graduate Physics students from greater Sao Paulo area are invited to participate in person.


  • Horatiu Nastase (IFT-UNESP, Brazil)


Times: 10.00-11.30 (first lecture) and 13.00-14.30 (second lecture). 15.00-16.30 Problems and Q&A.

Lecture 1 (May 29, 10am): Elements of general relativity and AdS space
Lecture 2 (May 29, 1pm): Elements of string theory and D-branes
Lecture 3 (May 30, 10am): Black holes in supergravity vs. D-branes
Lecture 4 (May 30, 1pm): AdS/CFT and gauge/gravity duality in Euclidean and Lorentzian signatures
Lecture 5 (May 31, 10am): Holographic renormalization and holographic RG flow
Lecture 6 (May 31, 12:30pm): Finite temperature and N=4 SYM plasma – (15:15pm) Problems and Q&A.
Lecture 7 (June 1, 10am): Solitons and probes in AdS/CFT
Lecture 8 (June 1, 1pm): The pp wave correspondence and spin chains
Lecture 9 (June 2, 10am): Applications to condensed matter: AdS/CMT
Lecture 10 (June 2, 1pm): Applications to QCD


List of Participants: Updated on May 24, 2023




Videos and Files

PDF for all classes – here

PDF for Exercises 1 –  Exercises 2  –  Exercises 3  –  Exercises 4  –  Exercises 5

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Additional Information

How to reach the Institute: The minicourse will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.