Swampland Seminar Series

During the 2021-22 academic year, the CMSA will be co-hosting a seminar on Swampland, with the Harvard Physics Department, organized by Miguel Montero, Cumrun Vafa, Irene Valenzuela. This seminar is a part of the Swampland Program. This seminar will take place on Mondays at 10:30am – 12:00pm (Boston time). To learn how to attend, please subscribe here.

Talks will be posted on the Swampland Seminars YouTube channel.

The schedule below will be updated as talks are confirmed.

9/13/2021John Stout (Harvard)Title: Decoding Divergent Distances

Abstract: Motivated by a relationship between the Zamolodchikov and NLSM metrics to the so-called quantum information metric, I will discuss recent work (2106.11313) on understanding infinite distance limits within the context of information theory. I will describe how infinite distance points represent theories that are hyper-distinguishable, in the sense that they can be distinguished from “nearby” theories with certainty in relatively few measurements. I will then discuss necessary and sufficient ingredients for the appearance of these infinite distance points, illustrate these in simple examples, and describe how this perspective can help the swampland program.
9/20/2021Manki Kim (MIT)Title: Small Cosmological Constants in String Theory

Abstract: We construct supersymmetric AdS4 vacua of type IIB string theory in compactifications on orientifolds of Calabi-Yau threefold hypersurfaces. We first find explicit orientifolds and quantized fluxes for which the superpotential takes the form proposed by Kachru, Kallosh, Linde, and Trivedi. Given very mild assumptions on the numerical values of the Pfaffians, these compactifications admit vacua in which all moduli are stabilized at weak string coupling. By computing high-degree Gopakumar-Vafa invariants we give strong evidence that the α 0 expansion is likewise well-controlled. We find extremely small cosmological constants, with magnitude < 10^{-123} in Planck units. The compactifications are large, but not exponentially so, and hence these vacua manifest hierarchical scale-separation, with the AdS length exceeding the Kaluza-Klein length by a factor of a googol.
9/27/2021Eran Palti (Ben Gurion)

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