Southern California Strings Seminar

8th-9th December 2008

Location: University of Southern California

Join us as we (members of several of the local groups with interest in string theory and related topics) sit together to discuss new ideas and developments (both general and technical) in the field. The presentations will be accompanied by plenty of discussion and in the first part of each talk the speaker will take special care to set the scene and context of the work in a pedagogical manner so as to encourage participation by younger members of the field.

Please send an email to me (cvj) (use johnson1 at with the subject line: Southern California Strings Seminar if you're coming. This will help us make sure that there's enough room in the lecture hall, and enough coffee and cookies!


Monday 8th

Time Event/Speaker/Topic Location
9:15am Introductory Remarks SSL 150
9:30am Ketan Vyas (Caltech): Surface Operators and Seiberg Duality SSL 150
10:30am Discussion SSL 150
11:00am: Break SSL 150
11:30am: Tameem Albash (USC): A Holographic Superconductor in an External Magnetic Field SSL 150
12:30pm Discussion SSL 150
1:00pm Lunch USC Campus
2:00pm Veselin Filev (DIAS, Ireland): Holographic Chiral Dynamics SSL 150
3:00pm Discussion SSL 150
3:30pm Break SSL 150
4:00pm James Hansen (UCLA): Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics from Gravity SSL 150
5:00pm Discussion SSL 150
5:30pm End of Day: Explore/talk/seek food/etc Bacaro

Tuesday 9th

Time Event/Speaker/Topic Location
9:30am Akhil Shah (UCLA): Gravity Dual of a Quantum Hall Transition SSL 150
10:30am: Discussion SSL 150
11:00am: Break SSL 150
11:30am Kentaroh Yoshida (UCSB/ITP): Schrödinger Symmetry and AdS/NRCFT Correspondence SSL 150
12:30pm Discussion SSL 150
1:00pm End of Day: Explore/talk/seek food/etc LA

Travel and Related Information:

All events will be at USC. There is online travel (to USC) information at this link. Note that (despite popular opinion) there are very good public transport links between some points. Have a look at this link. For example, there are regular buses and shuttles to USC from downtown and other transit centres such as the Wilshire/Vermont junction and Union Station.

*It is particularly easy (if not super-fast) to get here from UCLA by bus. Use the 720 metro rapid to Wilshire/Vermont (or better, the even faster 920), and then the 754 metro rapid down Vermont. A day pass is $5.00.

* The Gold Line from Pasadena connects to Union Station, from where the USC shuttle bus, or the Red line (plus the DASH - go to Metro/7th stop), can get you to USC. A day pass is $5.00.

*Travelling (say by train) to Union Station from outside the city is an option worth exploring. Let me (cvj) know if you want to try this and I'll happily advise.

Parking: A day pass is $8 at the entrance. Come to the Exposition Blvd "Entrance 1" (see map). If driving to campus and carpooling, please let me (cvj) know as soon as possible (definitely by Friday lunchtime) if you want us to arrange for a parking permit to be waiting for you at one of the gates. Alternatively, it is not too hard to find street parking on Vermont, Jefferson or Hoover, but watch out for limited parking meters.

"SSL" in the schedule refers to the Seaver Science Library, which can be found on the online map (see link here (pdf map) ). SSL is in grid reference 6B, near the intersection of Bloom Walk and Watt Way. The entrance to the lecture theatre of SSL is on the North side of the building and is external to the library.

We hope to go somewhere fun for dinner on Monday night - Bacaro, a winebar nearby. It has an excellent wine list and excellent food. Let me know by Friday lunchtime if you want to come along, so that I can let them know to hold some tables if many are coming. Sorry, but only speakers can be reimbursed for lunch and dinner. (Budget constraints.)

Accommodation: If you are coming from afar and need somewhere to stay overnight, please try the Inn at 657, walkable distance of campus (or use the F Dash). It is a lovely bed and (delicious) breakfast. $110 per night. The Vagabond Inn on Figueroa is less lovely, but might be cheaper. The Radisson is also very near by, but more expensive. There are several very fancy restaurants a quick busride away in downtown. Book soon. Let me know if you need help.... for example in finding cheaper places a bit futher away connectable by public transport.