Quantum Gravity

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Gravity.

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Wednesday Feb 27, 2019
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Tensor models are generalizations of vector and matrix models. They have been introduced in quantum gravity and are also relevant in the SYK model. I will mostly focus on models with a U(N)^d-invariance where d is the number of indices of the complex tensor, and a special case at d=3 with O(N)^3 invariance. The interactions and observables are then labeled by (d-1)-dimensional triangulations of PL pseudo-manifolds. The main result of this talk is the large N limit of observables corresponding to 2-dimensional planar triangulations at d=3.

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Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
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The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

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Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
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The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

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Monday Feb 25, 2019
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The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

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Monday Feb 25, 2019
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The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

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Thursday Jan 24, 2019
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Black hole entropy is a robust prediction of quantum gravity with no observational test to date. We use the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy formula to determine the probability distribution of the spin of black holes at equilibrium in the microcanonical ensemble. We argue that this ensemble is relevant for black holes formed in the early universe and predicts the existence of a population of black holes with zero spin.

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Thursday Jan 17, 2019
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I argue that we do not understand gauge theory as well as we think when boundaries are present. I will briefly explain the conceptual and technical issues that arise at the boundary.  I will then propose a tentative resolution, which requires us to think of theories not in spacetime, but in field-space. 

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Thursday Jan 10, 2019
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Black holes are like bells; once perturbed they will relax through the emission of characteristic waves. The frequency spectrum of these waves is independent of the initial perturbation and, hence, can be thought of as a `fingerprint' of the black hole. Since the 1970s scientists have considered the possibility of using these characteristic modes of oscillation to identify astrophysical black holes. With the recent detection of gravitational waves, this idea has started to turn into reality.

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Thursday Oct 25, 2018
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We  find an  approximation of  the induced spatial distance on a Cauchy hypersurface using only the causal structure and local volume element. The approximation can be made arbitrarily precise for a globally hyperbolic spacetime with compact Cauchy hypersurfaces.

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Thursday Oct 11, 2018
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I discuss the canonical degrees of freedom of metric Einstein gravity on a null surface. The constraints are interpreted as conservation equations of a boundary current. Gravitational fluxes are identified, and the Hamiltonians of diffeomorphism symmetry are discussed. Special attention is given to the role of a modification of the phase space at the boundary of the null surface. Based on 1802.06135 with Laurent Freidel.

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