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Aspects of Three-dimensional Higher-Spin Gravity

QMAP Seminar

Speaker: Hai Siong Tan, UC Berkeley
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Tue, May 8 2012, 4:10PM

We discuss and review some interesting holographical aspects of three dimensional higher-spin gravity with a negative cosmological constant in the framework of SL(N,R)×SL(N,R) Chern-Simons theory, using a recent spin-4 construction as our prime example. In particular, we discuss how matching the eigenvalues of a Wilson loop along the time-like direction of the BTZ to that of the its higher-spin counterpart yields consistent gravitational thermodynamics for the latter.