**Time/Venue: ** Wednesday, December 19 at 11:00 am, LeConte 325**Title:** Tensor networks, geometry and AdS/CFT**Abstract:** The multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz (MERA) is a d+1 dimensional tensor network that describes the ground state of a d-dimensional critical quantum spin system. In 2009, Swingle argued that MERA is a lattice realization of the AdS/CFT correspondence, with the tensor network representing a time slice of AdS, namely hyperbolic space H2. Other authors have since then argued that, instead, MERA represents de Sitter spacetime dS2. I will introduce a criterion, based on CFT path integrals, to unambiguously attach a geometry to a tensor network and then conclude that MERA is neither H2 or dS2, but actually a light cone L2. Finally, I will introduce two new tensor networks, euclidean MERA and lorentzian MERA, corresponding to H2 and dS2 and discuss the implications of these results for holography and the study of quantum field theory in curved spacetime.

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