Congratulations to Bradly Button for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on "Applications of the Holographic Principle in String Theory."

"String theory has recently suggested that there is a powerful calculational tool that can assist our understanding of strongly coupled field theories such as nuclear physics at low temperature. The gauge/gravity duality of string theory postulates that in some cases, a strongly coupled field theory (a gauge theory) is related to a different weakly coupled gravitational theory where perturbation theory is meaningful. In this dissertation, the question of how different reducible representations of mesons manifest themselves in a gravitational theory is explored and distinct observables are discussed. As another example of the gauge/gravity duality, this work explores how the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy and Hawking temperature for the Kerr-Sen black hole can be calculated using an induced one-dimensional conformal field theory with conformal anomaly."

— Vincent Rodgers, PhD advisor

Dr. Button has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the department of Mathematics at The University of Houston-Victoria.

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