<![CDATA[Seminars at DMIST — String Theory]]><![CDATA[Aldo Cotrone, 2020/06/29, 15h, Complexity in the presence of a boundary]]>The effects of a boundary on the circuit complexity are studied in two dimensional theories. The analysis is performed in the holographic realization of a conformal field theory with a boundary by employing different proposals for the dual of the complexity.]]><![CDATA[Charles Marteau, 2020/06/08, 15h, New boundary conditions for $AdS_2$]]>We describe new boundary conditions for $AdS_2$ in Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity. The asymptotic symmetry group is enhanced to $Diff(S^1) \ltimes C^{\infty}(S^1)$, whose breaking to $SL(2, R) \times U(1)$ controls the near-$AdS_2$ dynamics. The action reduces to a boundary term which is a generalization of the Schwarzian theory. It can be interpreted as the coadjoint action of the warped Virasoro group. We show that this theory is holographically dual to the complex SYK model. We compute the Euclidean path integral and derive its relation to the random matrix ensemble of Saad, Shenker and Stanford. We study the flat space version of this action, and show that the corresponding path integral also gives an ensemble average, but of a much simpler nature. We explore some applications to near-extremal black holes.]]><![CDATA[Silvia Nagy, 2020/06/01, 15h, Perturbative gravity via BRST Yang-Mills<sup>2</sup>]]>I will present a formulation of gravity as a double copy of gauge theories in the context of the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin (BRST) formalism. I will show how this gives an algorithm for consistently mapping gauge choices from Yang-Mills to gravity. Moreover, it resolves the issue of the dilaton degree of freedom arising in the double copy, thus allowing for the consistent construction of solutions in General Relativity. I will describe the perturbative construction at higher orders. I will also give a formulation of the BRST double copy in a spherical background.]]>2]]>