Mesoamerican School on Theoretical Approaches to Black Hole Physics:
String and related approaches.

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Date and Time

september 11 to 16, 2017


Marriott Hotel, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México.



Organizing committee:

Dr. Peter Sloane. (Chair)
Prof. George Papadopoulos, King’s College London, UK. (Co-chair)
Prof. Antoine van Proeyen , KU Leuven, Belgium. (Co-chair)
Director Prof. Nathan Berkovits, ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil.
Prof. Mariano Chernicoff, UNAM, México.
Prof. Hugo Compean, CINVESTAV, IPN, México.
Prof. Oscar Loaiza Brito, Universidad de Guanajuato, México.
Prof. Mario Trigiante, Politecnico de Torino, Italy.
Dr. Elías Castellanos Alcántara, UNACH-MCTP, México.
Dra. Celia Escamilla Rivera, UNACH-MCTP, México.


Since the discovery of the first black hole solutions of the theory of general relativity an immense effort of countless researchers all over the world has gone into understanding their nature. Indeed, the quest for a quantum theory of gravity is motivated by the need to understand these objects. The discovery of Hawking radiation, leading to the evaporation of black holes, led to the information paradox, which is still debated in the literature today. With the discovery of string theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence, tools have become available to work towards a microscopic description of the thermodynamic properties of black holes. The detection of black holes at the centre of galactic nuclei by astrophysicists, and the detection of gravitational waves, lends an impetus to fully understand these theoretical considerations, to underpin advances in the modelling of observable objects, and may even, with luck, allow the observation of new extremely high energy fundamental physics. This school will equip its participants with the necessary tools to understand current research in black hole physics, this year in the context of string theory and its low energy limit supergravity and related theories.

String theory provides many promising approaches to understand the fundamental physics of black holes, the only observed objects for which a theory of quantum gravity is clearly necessary to understand their nature. However in the higher dimensional setting of string theory, results from four dimensions such as the no-hair theorem and uniqueness theorems do not necessarily apply, and the topology of the horizons of black objects need not be spherical. The violation of uniqueness theorems also casts doubt on some assumptions made in some older micro-state counting calculations. A full understanding of black objects in string and related theories is therefore clearly important both in its own right, and to understand more fully the effects arising from string theory in our four dimensional world. This school aims to equip students to understand recent work on black hole physics in the context of string and related theories by providing lectures on the fundamentals of string theory, supergravity and holography followed by more detailed talks on applications of these and related theories to black holes and other black objects.

The lectures will be:
A) A brief introduction to string theory – Prof. Mariano Chernicoff (UNAM, Mexico)
B) Black holes in extended supergravity - Prof. Mario Trigiante (Politecnico de Torino, Italy)
C) Introduction to AdS/CFT - Prof. Alberto Guijosa (UNAM, Mexico)
D) Black hole thermodynamics - Dr. Suresh Nampuri (CAMGSD-IST, Lisbon, Portugal)
E) Higher spin gravities, black holes and cosmology - Prof. Per Sundell (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile)
F) Geometry, horizons and supersymmetry - Prof. George Papadopoulos (Kings College London,UK)


Support is available to cover the accommodation costs of a limited number of participants, with preference to Mesoamerican students. Very limited support is available for the transportation costs of Mesoamerican participants outside Mexico.

UNACH/MCTP, Ciudad Universitaria
Carretera Emiliano Zapata Km. 4,
Real del Bosque (Terán).
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México.
C. P. 29050
Teléfono 52 (961) 617-80-00
Ext. 8200 y 1380
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