Chennai Mathematical Institute

Silver Jubilee Events

CMI Silver Jubilee Lecture

Sunil Mukhi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai

The Wonders of Conformal Field Theory

Monday, August 31, 2015


In this talk, I will survey a variety of situations in physics where conformal invariant quantum field theory plays a key role. These include: phase transitions and critical exponents in statistical systems, the world-sheet dynamics of strings, the AdS/CFT correspondence and entanglement entropy. The talk will make use of relatively simple Lie algebras and space-time metrics and focus largely on the physical/mathematical implications of symmetries.