IAS High Energy Theory Seminar

Nearly BPS Black Holes in AdS5 and their Spectrum in N=4 SYM

This seminar will be presented in-person in Wolfensohn Hall at the IAS and on Zoom.

For contact-tracing purposes all off-campus attendees must register for this seminar: 

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Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss quantum corrections in the gravitational path integral around nearly 1/16-BPS black holes in asymptotically AdS5 x S5 space, dual to heavy operators in N=4 SYM. We argue these quantum corrections come from a version of the N=2 super-Schwarzian theory which captures the breaking of the SU(1,1|1) near horizon symmetry at finite temperature and chemical potential. The quantization of this theory gives a quantum gravitational derivation of the extremal entropy. Additionally, we show the presence of a gap between the BPS black holes and the lightest near-BPS black holes, and we will give a prediction for the spectrum of near-BPS states that lie above this gap. Time permitting, we will discuss stringy and non-perturbative corrections that can affect the black hole spectrum.

Date & Time

March 25, 2022 | 1:45pm – 3:00pm


Wolfensohn Hall (behind Bloomberg Hall) & on Zoom


Speaker Affiliation

Member, School of Natural Sciences, IAS