Quantum mechanics, field theories and gravity are intimately related via the AdS/CFT correspondence (among other things). It is clear, however, that we have not yet fully harnessed the power of any of them. The interface of gauge theories and black holes poses a particular set of puzzles, and in recent years a new set of concepts and tools was developed to study this interface.

These new concepts and tools extend our abilities to compute traditional basic observables in field theories and gravitational systems, such as partition functions and correlation functions (or S-matrix elements in the case of gravity). Some of them, such as entanglement and quantum chaos, break away from these traditional paradigms.

In particular, new methods were developed for computing correlation functions via the bootstrap method, with implications for quantum physics in the bulk via the AdS/CFT correspondence, and significant progress was made in understanding new classes of supersymmetric gauge theories and their dualities (including relations to dualities in CM physics).

Among the new approaches there are methods in field theory which rely on quantum information and quantum computation concepts (with interfaces to CM and Stat. Phys.), new methods in analyzing time dependence in hard quantum systems such as the SYK model, and quantum chaos, which is intimately related to the understanding of black holes (with interfaces to CM and hard statistical physics, via systems with randomness, spin glasses, classical and quantum chaos and others).

The workshop aims to bring together experts on some of these aspects for an interchange of ideas. 

The topics of the workshop are general, with some focus on SYK-related physics, on entanglement and on analytic bootstrap methods. In particular there will be some emphasis on the first two topics in the first week, and an emphasis on the 3rd topic in the second week, though the division is not strict. 


Ofer Aharony
Weizmann Institute of Science

Micha Berkooz
Weizmann Institute of Science

Simon Ross
Durham University

Shimon Yankielowicz
Tel Aviv University