This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Fields and Strings.
The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is our most direct cosmological observable, encoding critical information about the evolution and development of the universe. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) has measured the angular power spectrum of the CMB temperature and temperature-polarization power spectra with unprecedented accuracy from its first year in flight.
It was conjectured that the N=4 Yang-Mills perturbation theory in the sector with large R charges corresponds to considering the classical string worldsheets in $AdS_5imes S^5$ as perturbations of the null-surfaces. We discuss this perturbation theory with a special emphasis on a hidden symmetry.
We discuss collective coordinate quantization of the half-BPS geometries of Lin, Lunin and Maldacena (hep-th/0409174). The LLM geometries are parameterized by a single function u on a plane. We treat this function as a collective coordinate. We arrive at the collective coordinate action as well as path integral measure by considering D3 branes in an arbitrary LLM geometry. The resulting functional integral is shown, using known methods (hep-th/9309028), to be the classical limit of a functional integral for free fermions in a harmonic oscillator.