Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
In this talk I present recent work on complete UV-IR flows for the fully momentum-dependent propagator, RG-consistent vertices, Newtons coupling and the cosmological constant. For the first time, a global phase diagram is obtained where the non-Gaussian ultraviolet fixed point of asymptotic safety is connected via smooth trajectories to an infrared fixed point with classical scaling. Physics implications as well as the extension to gauge-matter-gravity systems are discussed.
Recently, the development of tensor network renormalization approach has provided us a powerful tool to construct new classes of topological quantum field theories(TQFTs) in discrete space-time. For example, the Turaev Viro’s states sum constructions are fixed point tensor networks representing a special class of 2+1D TQFTs. Interestingly, the Grassmann variable generalization of tensor network renormalization approach leads to new classes of TQFTs for interacting fermion systems, namely, the fermionic TQFTs.
The many-building-blocks limit of spin foam models remains to be an open question. The complexity of these models makes the analysis of their possible continuum phases a very difficult task. In the last years progress in this direction has been made by considering simplified, yet featured-rich, analog models to spin foams, the so-called spin net models. These models retain the main dynamical ingredient of spin foams, namely the simplicity constraints.
An attempt is made to define "lines of contant physics" in CDT and relate the corresponding picture to non-trivial UV fixed points as they appear in the asymptotic safety scenario.
The connection between two-dimensional Euclidean gravity and pure matrix models has lead to may fundamental insights about quantum gravity and string theory. The pure matrix model is thus a blueprint for the connection between discrete models and Euclidean quantum gravity. I will report on work with Astrid Eichhorn in which this "blueprint" model is investigated with the functional renormalization group. In this model, I will discuss the questions: "What is a possible meaning of asymptotic safety in a discrete model?" and "Is it possible to apply the FRGE to tensor models?
I will describe a proposal of an enlargement of the Standard Model based on a softly broken conformal symmetry. It contains the usual particles of the SM with right-chiral neutrinos and predicts two new particles: a scalar mixing with the usual Higgs and a naturally weakly coupled axion. I will argue that the Planck scale should be treated as a real physical scale and discuss the hierarchy problem and renormalization from this point of view.