Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
The validity of a local AdS supergravity description of SYM at strong coupling requires the existence of a parametrically large gap in the spectrum of dimensions of the local operators, separating the low dimension operators dual to supergravity fields from the others. We shall give evidence that the reverse is also true: a large gap in the spectrum of dimensions implies a local bulk dual.
Using this limit we can extract the scattering amplitudes of the bulk theory in flat space from the correlation functions of the dual CFT. This gives a non-perturbative definition of flat space string theory scattering amplitudes as a limit of the correlation functions of SYM.
Dualities appear in nearly all disciplines of physics and play a central role in statistical mechanics and field theory. I will discuss in a pedagogical way our recent findings motivated by a quest for a simple unifying framework for the detection and treatment of dualities.