Galileon p-form theories

I will discuss the generalization to p-forms of the Galileon idea: to
construct the most general theory of an (abelian gauge invariant) p-form
with (strictly) second order field equations. Such theory have recently be
fully classified for space-time dimension strictly smaller than 12. The
covariantization of these theories will also be discussed.

The EFT of Dark Energy and the EFT of Large-Scale Structure

In the next few years, we are going to probe the low-redshift universe with unprecedented accuracy. Among the various fruits that this will bear, it will greatly improve our knowledge of the dynamics of dark energy. A particularly useful description of dark energy is through the Effective Field Theory of Dark Energy, which assumes that dark energy is the Goldstone boson of broken time translations. Such a formalism makes it easy to ensure that predicted signatures are consistent with well-established principles of physics.

Newton Cartan Gravity

In this talk I will give a short review of Newton-Cartan Geometry and Gravity. In particular, following applications in holography and condensed matter, I will discuss the inclusion of torsion both to Newton-Cartan Geometry as well as to Newton-Cartan Gravity.

An effective holographic approach to QCD

In this seminar I will describe a holographic approach to QCD where 
conformal symmetry is broken explicitly in the UV by a relevant operator 
O. This operator maps to a five dimensional scalar field, the dilaton, 
with a massive term. Implementing also the IR constraint found by 
Gursoy, Kiritsis and Nitti, an approximate linear glueball spectrum is 
obtained which is consistent with lattice data. Finally, I will describe 
the evolution of the model parameters with the conformal dimension of O. 
This will suggest a map between the QCD anomaly and the trace anomaly of 

The Linde problem on R2 x S1 x S1

Thermal field theory provides the natural framework to describe the thermodynamic properties and to study phase transitions of systems described by quantum field theories, in particular, the quark-gluon plasma. However, its the perturbative realization faces important technical difficulties whenever massless bosons are considered, due to divergences in the IR sector.

Holographic solids

What is the holographic dual of an ordinary solid? Using insight from effective field theory (EFT), I will argue that an answer is provided by an SO(d) magnetic monopole in (d+1)-dimensional AdS space. We call such field configuration “solidon”. The low-energy spectrum of the boundary theory can be derived analytically from the gravity dual, and the result confirms that the effective theory consists of a set of phonons having dispersion relations that match those expected from EFT.

Radiative decay of keV-mass sterile neutrinos in a strongly magnetized plasma

The radiative decay of sterile neutrinos with typical masses of 10 keV 

is investigated in the presence of a strong magnetic field and degenerate

electron plasma. The modification of the photon dispersion relation by 

the active external medium is taken into account. The limiting cases 

of relativistic and non-relativistic plasma are analyzed. The decay rate 

in a strongly magnetized plasma as a function of the plasma electron number 

density is compared with the unmagnetized case. It Was found that the strong 

Invitation to Random Tensors

Random matrices are ubiquitous in modern theoretical physics and provide insights on a wealth of phenomena, from the spectra of heavy nuclei to the theory of strong interactions or random two dimensional surfaces. The backbone of all the analytical results in matrix models is their 1/N expansion (where N is the size of the matrix). Despite early attempts in the '90, the generalization of this 1/N expansion to higher dimensional random tensor models has proven very challenging.


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