Chris Herzog
Princeton University

Andreas Karch
University of Washington

Dam Thanh Son
University of Washington

Misha Stephanov
University of Illinois, Chicago

Larry Yaffe
University of Washington

Program Coordinator:
Inge Dolan
(206) 685-4286

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INT Summer School on Applications of String Theory

Seattle, July 18 - July 29, 2011


The school is intended for advanced graduate students and beginning postdoctoral researchers interested in applying gauge/string duality to problems in nuclear and condensed matter physics.

Our school will give an introduction to the methods commonly referred to as "holography" and its applications to heavy ion physics and strongly correlated condensed matter systems. There will be introductory lectures on string theory and the two areas of application, as well as more advanced lectures addressing explicit examples where holography has been used to gain new insights.

Introductory Lectures:

  • AdS/CFT Basics - John McGreevy (MIT)
  • Quantum matter and gauge-gravity duality - Subir Sachdev (Harvard)
  • Quark-Gluon Plasma in QCD, at the LHC and RHIC, and in String Theory - Krishna Rajagopal (MIT)
  • Transport and thermodynamics in QCD - Derek Teaney (Stony Brook)


    Condensed Matter:

  • Topological Phases of Condensed Matter Systems - Shivaji Sondhi (Princeton)
  • Low Temperature Phases of Holographic Matter - Sean Hartnoll (Stanford)
  • Non-Fermi Liquids and Quantum Phase Transitions from Holography - Tom Faulkner (Santa Barbara)

    Nuclear Physics:

  • Hydrodynamic fluctuations and holography - Pavel Kovtun (Victoria)
  • Jets in Heavy Ion Physics (both sides of the story) - Peter Arnold (Virginia)
  • Holographic Mesons and Baryons - Shigeki Sugimoto (IPMU Tokyo)

    Application Process

    This program is now filled and we can no longer take applications.

    Accepted participants will receive an official invitation from the Institute for Nuclear Theory, with further instructions.

    Seattle is very pleasant in the summer, with many options for recreational activities in the city and the surrounding mountains and bodies of water, and many cultural activities in the city, and an espresso stand on every corner.


    Please email Andreas Karch or Dam Son, local organizers, at or

    Sponsors: National Institute for Nuclear Theory, National Science Foundation, and the University of Washington Department of Physics.