Southern California Strings Seminar

Thursday 13th December 2012

Location: University of Southern California

Doheny Memorial Library (DML 240 Lecture Hall)

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.



09:00 - 09:15 Welcoming remarks and Orientation

09:15 - 10:15 Vatche Sahakian (Harvey Mudd):   "Black hole thermalization through D0-brane dynamics"
10:15 - 10:30 discussion

10:30 - 10:45 coffee and cookies

10:45 - 11:45 James Sully (UCSB):   "Black Hole Firewalls"
11:45 - 12:00 discussion

12:00 - 13:45 lunch

13:45 - 14:45 Tameem Albash (USC):   "Holographic Fractionalization in a Magnetic Field"
14:45 - 15:00 discussion

15:00 - 15:15 coffee and cookies

15:15 - 16:15 John McGreevy (UCSD):   "Fermi surfaces and the construction of quantum electron stars"
16:15 - 16:30 discussion

16:30 - 16:45 coffee and cookies or tea and biscuits

16:45 - 17:45
Pavel Putrov (Caltech):   "On Chern-Simons-matter matrix models"
17:45 - 18:00 discussion


Maps of the University Park Campus are here: The building we will be in, Doheny (room DML 240), is just slightly East of the intersection of Trousdale Pkwy and Childs Way. Or use “3600 Trousdale parkway Los Angeles, California 90089-0014” in e.g., Google Maps. See embed below. The 110 Fwy is just East, and the 10 Fwy is just North, slightly off the map. We recommend Parking Structure A, or use unmetered street parking just North or West of the campus.

The 754 rapid metro bus runs down Vermont, connecting at Wilshire to the Red Line subway, the 720 rapid metro bus from the West, etc.. The Expo Line runs from dowtown (Metro 7th station where it connects to the Red Line) to USC regularly. A great way to come from Pasadena is to use the Gold Line to the Red Line and then to Expo. There are several other buses that come by USC such as the 200, 206, 38, and F Dash, depending upon your point of origin. See e.g.

There are several places for coffee, lunch, etc., near Doheny. LiteraTea cafe is at the back of the building, with a lovely courtyard. They have sandwiches and other items, although maybe it is best for a nearby coffee or other drink, in view of the next sentence. The Ronald Tutor Campus Center is just slightly West, and has a huge range of options for lunch (Seeds and Lemonade are two popular good quality choices). For antoher coffee and snack option, Trojan Grounds is across the green park to the North, East of Leavey Library at the base of Birnkrant. Further East from there, across Figueroa Street, there is the laboratory-themed brew pub The Lab, as a good sit down lunch option. If feeling like excellent Mexican food, La Taquiza at 30th and Figueroa, just a bit North of the campus, is outstanding.

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