The gauge/gravity duality conjecture asserts an equivalence between theories of gravity on a curved space and ordinary quantum field theories defined on the boundary of such spaces. This duality has become a powerful tool to study strongly interacting systems by use of a conjectured dual weakly coupled string/gravitational theory, allowing new computations that go beyond the standard perturbative techniques of quantum field theories. European theoretical physicists are at the international frontier of the exploration of gauge/gravity duality and its applications to physical systems. Members of this collaboration are leaders in the formal developments that attempt to prove and widen the conjecture, using string theory techniques and the integrability of certain gauge theories. Collaboration members also include world experts in the exploitation of this new computational tool to the strong nuclear force, hadronic physics, heavy ion collisions and condensed matter systems including high temperature superconductivity. This Holograv Network will orient research efforts to further the interdisciplinary aspects of the gauge/gravity duality, both in its formal aspects and in its applications to particle physics and condensed matter physics. Through the organization of workshops and schools, and through the incentive to run a common visitors programme, this network is an invaluable opportunity to promote the transfer of knowledge among participating organizations and to train graduate students who seek for a PhD in areas where strongly interacting systems are of central importance.
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Keywords: Gauge theory; Strongly interacting systems; QCD; Condensed matter physics; String theory
Five years: from 29 June 2011 to 29 June 2016