This proseminar in Theoretical Physics is coordinated by Prof. Matthias Gaberdiel
The proseminar presentations will be on mondays. Date and time of the talks can be found further down (see table).
The topics are organized in two main parts: Part I deals with conformal field theory, in particular twodimensional conformal field theory, while Part II is concerned with string theory. The topics labelled by [B] are more introductory and can also be done by Bachelor students. We have given a preliminary list of suggested references for each topic; for more specific guidance to the literature, please ask your project supervisor (see table below).
Each presentation should last just less than 60 minutes. Students are encouraged to use Keynote or Power Point for their presentation.
Each student has been assigned a research assistant at the Institute (see table below).
The students should contact their respective assistant at least six weeks before their talk to discuss logistics.
They should keep their assistant updated of their work at least once a week.
One week before their talk they are expected to have a draft of their report as well as a finished set of slides which they have to present to their tutor (the report can be handed in later and is not necessary for the talk).
Topics 
Talk  Student  Tutor 
PART I Conformal Field Theory 

The conformal group in various dimensions [B] 
4 March / 10.00 
Henrik Dreyer 
Andrey Lebedev 
Basic properties of CFTs and examples [B] 
4 March / 11.30 
Daniel Herr 
Andrey Lebedev 
Operator product expansions [B]
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4 March / 14.00 
Pascal Debus 
Jawei Mei 
Statistical Mechanics and minimal models [B] 
11 March / 10.00 
Paolo Molignini 
Sebastian Schmidt 
Basics of Lie theory [B] 
11 March / 11.30 
Andreas Wieser 
Peter Vrana 
WZW models 
11 March / 14.00 
Julian Kern 
Jawei Mei 
Modular invariance and orbifolds [B] 
18 March / 10.00 
Stefan Huber 
Martin Fraas 
Fusion Rules and the Verlinde Formula [B] 
25 March / 10.00 
Stephanie Mayer 
Matthias Gaberdiel 
Boundary conformal field theory 
25 March / 11.30 
Zhuli He 
Adel Benlagra 
Logarithmic conformal field theory 
8 April / 10.00 
Fabio D'Ambrosio 
Martin Fraas 
From SLE to conformal field theory 
8 April / 11.30 
Christoph Müller 
Volkher Scholz 
Entanglement entropy in conformal field theory [B] 
8 April / 14.00 
Matthias Strodtkötter 
Volkher Scholz 
PART II String Theory 

Classical String Theory [B] 
15 April / 10.00 
David Reutter 
Kewang Jin 
Lightcone quantisation of bosonic string [B] 
15 April / 11.30 

Kewang Jin 
Low energy effective actions from string theory 
29 April / 10.00 
Sam Guns 
Marius De Leeuw 
Compactifiction on tori and Tduality [B] 
29 April / 11.30 
Florian Johne 
Johannes Brödel 
Superconformal Strings 
13 May / 10.00 
Francesca Ferrari 
Cristian Vergu 
Superstrings 
13 May / 11.30 
Imre Majer 
Cristian Vergu 
Fibonacci anyons and topological quantum computers [B] 
13 May / 14.00 
Christos Charalambous 
Alexei Soluyanov 
The Heterotic String 
27 May / 10.00 
Andrea Ferrari 
Johannes Brödel 
Dbranes 
27 May / 11.30 
Miguel Garcia 
Kewang Jin 
The Gauge/Gravity Correspondence 
27 May / 14.00 
Kevin Ferreira 
Cristian Vergu 