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AdS/CFT seems like a really hot topic and I'd like to start reading about. I am looking for the best introduction at my level, i.e. I have a background in QFT, CFT and general relativity at the level of a master student in theoretical physics. What would you recommend me to start tackling the subject? I have been looking for resources and so far I have noticed:

-this synthetic introductory lectures by Horatiu Nastase:

-the videos of lectures done by P. Vieira at Perimeter for Perimeter Scholar International students:

-the subject starts entering the most recent textbooks on string theory. We have the Schwartz and Becker ( ) and also the Kiritsis ( )

I probably missed a lot of resources, as the literature on the subject is already quite huge. I would really appreciate some advice on that, as I already had the frustration of losing my time on not-so-good books when started to learn something new, so if I could (to the best) avoid that this time...

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I would also like to add: String Theory Demystified by David McMahon, Chapter 15 link. I liked it as a good starting point to get a good overview without loosing to much time. –  ungerade Sep 13 '12 at 11:22

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You may find a list of reviews under the item Anti-DeSitter Space in the nice website "The Net Advance of Physics"

There is a nice review of the applications of gauge/gravity duality to the heavy ion collisions Gauge/String Duality, Hot QCD and Heavy Ion Collisions

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There is also this set of lecture notes from Raman Sundrum: 'Fixed Points to the Fifth Dimension':

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I had to give a talk on AdS/CFT without knowing anything about it beforehand, and I found this set of lectures by Johanna Erdmenger extremely accessible:

It's also now part of a nice book of lectures string theory edited by Michael Haacke, Ilka Brunner

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