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.
The black hole information paradox poses a serious difficulty for theoretical physics. Over the last two decades there has emerged a resolution to this paradox in string theory, based on the discovery that heavy states in string theory swell up into horizon sized "fuzzballs". The talk will review the fuzzball construction and how the traditional semiclassical expectation of a vacuum horizon gets violated.
The presence of a mass term for the scalar field allows for dramatic increases in the radiated gravitational wave signal and may stretch out the signal to last for years or even centuries. There are several potential smoking gun signatures of a departure from general relativity associated with this process. These signatures could show up within existing LIGO-Virgo searches.
As a child, Quebec native Pauline Gagnon dreamed of understanding what the universe was really made of.
I will give a brief overview of LIGO’s efforts to test general relativity with gravitational waves. My main focus will be on tests of alternative polarizations.
We show how the model of pseudo-complex general relativity can be tested using gravitational wave signals from coalescing compact objects. The Model, which agrees with Einstein gravity in the weak-field limit, diverges dramatically in the near-horizon regime, with certain parameter ranges excluding the existence of black holes. We show that simple limits can be placed on the model in both the inspiral and ringdown phase of coalescing compact objects.
We discuss further how these limits relate to current observational bounds.
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