Marc Henneaux

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Marc Henneaux

Marc Henneaux (b. 1955, Brussels) is a Belgian theoretical physicist and professor at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He studied physics at the ULB and obtained his PhD in 1980 under the supervision of J. Géhéniau. Presently he serves as Director of the Service de Physique Théorique et Mathématique at the ULB and as the chair of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry (founded by Ernest Solvay). In 2000 he was awarded the Francqui Prize for Exact Sciences.

One of the earliest precursors of the AdS/CFT correspondence was discovered, already in 1986, by Marc Henneaux and J.D. Brown, who proved that the asymptotic symmetry algebra of (2+1)D gravity reduces to a Virasoro algebra.[1] Due to the fact that Virasoro algebra is the symmetry algebra of a 2D conformal field theory, the previous result (in a purely classical context) is considered as a precursor of the AdS/CFT correspondence.


  • C. Teitelboim, M. Henneaux, Quantization of gauge systems, Princeton University Press, 1992.


  1. ^ Brown, J. D. & Henneaux, M. (1986). "Central charges in the canonical realization of asymptotic symmetries: an example from three-dimensional gravity". Communications in Mathematical Physics 104 (2): 207–226. Bibcode:1986CMaPh.104..207B. doi:10.1007/BF01211590. .

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