### Singular OPEs and open string background independence

In this talk I will discuss a new solution in open bosonic string field theory which can describe a completely general open string background. In particular, the solution can be constructed from boundary condition changing operators with generic and singular operator products. This is work in progress with C. Maccaferri.

**Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 14:30, Aula Wataghin**

### Line defects and emitted radiation

In the context of (super)conformal field theories extended probes may preserve enough symmetry to put strong constraints on physical observables. We discuss such constraints for a BPS line defect in four-dimensional N=2 superconformal field theories, with a particular focus on supersymmetric Wilson lines. For the latter case our techniques allow to prove a simple non-trivial relation between the energy emitted by a moving particle and the insertion of a stress tensor operator in the defect background. We discuss the existence of such a relation for other defects and we outline its powerful role for exact computations via localization.

**Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 14:30, Aula Wataghin**

### The Importance of Being Disconnected, A Principal Extension for Serious Groups

We introduce gauge theories based on a class of disconnected gauge groups,
called principal extensions.
These groups implement in a consistent way the discrete gauging of charge conjugation,
for arbitrary rank. Focusing on the principal extension of SU(N), we explain how many of
the exact methods for theories with 8 supercharges can be put into practice in that context.
We then explore the physical consequences of having a disconnected gauge group: we find
that the Coulomb branch is generically non-freely generated, and the global symmetry of
the Higgs branch is modified in a non-trivial way.

**Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 15:30, Aula Wataghin**

Carefully studying the singularity structure of the moduli space of vacua of super conformal field theories, provides an incredibly powerful tool to extract information about such theories. In particular I will outline a concrete, yet technically challenging, strategy to go about carrying out a classification for SCFTs with extended supersymmetry in 4d.

I will explain in details how this classification has been worked out successfully for N=2 SCFTs in rank-1 and it is very promising in higher ranks and even more with higher Supersymmetry (N≥3). Carrying out this systematic study, we have already learned many new features about SCFTs which I will discuss throughout my talk.

**Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 14:00, Aula Wataghin**

### AdS/CFT and F-theory

I will discuss supersymmetric $AdS_3$ solutions in F-theory, that
is Type IIB supergravity with non-trivial varying axio-dilaton, which are
holographically dual to 2d superconformal field theories preserving at
least (0,2) supersymmetries. The aim of this work is to set up holography
in the context of F-theory, which are traditionally two distinct areas of
string theory. The talk will be based on the arXiv papers arXiv:1705.04679
and arXiv:1712.07631
.

**Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 14:30, Aula Wataghin**

### Non-Projected Supermanifolds through Simple Examples

Recently Donagi and Witten have shown how some major issues in
superstring perturbation theory arise in connection with the so-called
“non-projected” supermanifolds, a special class of supermanifolds
whose geometry cannot be reconstructed starting from ordinary
geometric data. In this talk I will review the foundations of
supergeometry with special attention to non-projected supermanifolds.
In particular, I will explain how to deal with them through some
examples and by classifying non-projected supermanifolds over
projective spaces. General embedding spaces such as super
Grassmannians are also considered.

**Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 11:30, Aula Fubini**

### Aspects of 4d/2d reductions

The talk is focused on the twisted compactification of 4d toric quiver
gauge theories on compact constant curvature Riemann surfaces. The 2d
theories obtained by this procedure have, in general, N=(0,2)
supersymmetry and, for opportune choices of the fluxes, they are
conjectured to be conformal. We derive a general holographic formula for
their 2d central charge and we match it with the field theory result. The
latter is obtained from the geometry of the 4d moduli space, encoded in
the toric diagram.

**Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 14:30, Aula Wataghin**

### Big J

In this talk we review recent developments in the study of strongly
coupled quantum theories at large quantum number. For the case of
global charge quantum numbers in strongly coupled conformal field
theories, quantities such as operator dimensions and OPE coefficients
for charged operators can be calculated analytically as an asymptotic
series, with the leading terms being controlled by a small number of
unknown coefficients in a large-charge effective Lagrangian. In cases
where we can compare with other methods, such as Monte Carlo
simulation, conformal bootstrap, or supersymmetric localization, we
find remarkably precise agreement, at the one percent level or better.
We will discuss future directions and important open problems.

**Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 14:30, Aula Fubini**