SES # | TOPICS | READING REFERENCES |
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1 | What you need to know about string theory | |

2 | D3-branes at small and large coupling | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 1.1. |

3 | AdS/CFT from scratch, no strings | Gauge/Gravity Duality |

4 | What holds up the throat? | Physics of String Flux Compactifications |

5 | How to defend yourself from a supersymmetric field theory | Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and the AdS/CFT Correspondence, sections 2-4. |

6 | About the N = 4 SYM theory | Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and the AdS/CFT Correspondence, section 3. |

7 | Big picture of correspondence; strings and strong interactions | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 3.1.2. TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, sections 2 and 3.0. |

8 | 't Hooft counting | Coleman's `1/N' paper (PDF - 1.3 MB) Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 1.2. TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 2. |

9 | Scale and conformal invariance in field theory | Applied Conformal Field Theory Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 2.1. |

10 | CFT in D > 2 (cont.) | Same readings as previous lecture |

11 | Geometry of AdS | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 2.2. Kiritsis, Elias. TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 2. |

12 | Geometry of AdS (cont.); PoincarĂ© patch; wave equation in AdS | Introduction to the Maldacena Conjecture on AdS/CFT, section 2. TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 3. |

13 | Masses of fields and dimensions of operators; BF-allowed tachyons | TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 4. Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 3.3. |

14 | How to compute two-point correlators of scalar operators | TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 4. Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 3.3. Gauge Theory Correlators from Non-Critical String Theory Anti De Sitter Space And Holography, sections 2.4 and 2.5. |

15 | Preview of real-time issues; two-point functions in momentum space (cont.); more on low-mass^{2} fields in AdS | Same readings as previous lecture |

16 | Three-point functions, anomalies; expectation values | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, sections 3.2.2 and 3.3.2. Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and the AdS/CFT Correspondence, sections x8.4 and 8.5. Correlation Functions in the CFT(d)/AdS(d+1) Correspondence Anti De Sitter Space And Holography, sections 2.4 and 2.5. |

17 | Wilson loops | Kiritsis, Elias. Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 3.5. |

18 | Wilson loops (cont.) | Same readings as previous lecture Wilson Loops and Minimal Surfaces The Operator Product Expansion for Wilson Loops and Surfaces in the Large N Limit |

19 | Pointlike probes of the bulk; Baryons and branes in AdS; 'Non-spherical horizons' | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, sections 3.5.2, 4.1, and 4.2. Conformal Anomaly Of Submanifold Observables In AdS/CFT Correspondence |

20 | Brief survey of other examples of the correspondence (M2, M5, D1-D5, Dp, branes at singularities); a model of confinement | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, sections 4.1, 6.1, and 6.2. Supergravity and The Large N Limit of Theories With Sixteen Supercharges TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 6. |

21 | Confinement (cont.): how to measure the spectrum, proof of mass gap | Anti-de Sitter Space, Thermal Phase Transition, And Confinement In Gauge Theories Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 6.2. TASI Lectures on AdS/CFT, section 6. |

22 | Black hole mechanics, classical and quantum | Introductory Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, sections 2 and 3 (PS). Black Holes, chapter 6. |

23 | AdS black holes and thermal gauge theory; equation of state, free energy and stress tensor | No references |

24 | Hawking effect for interacting field theories and BH thermodynamics | Introductory Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, section 3 (PS). Susskind, Leonard, and James Lindesay. |

25 | AdS black holes and thermal gauge theory: Polyakov-Susskind loop, screening, quasinormal modes, Hawking-page transition | Large N Field Theories, String Theory and Gravity, section 3.6. Anti-de Sitter Space, Thermal Phase Transition, And Confinement In Gauge Theories |