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 gravitational observatory LISA will detect radiation from massive black hole sources at cosmological distances, accurately measure their luminosity distance and help identify the electromagnetic counterparts that such sources may generate. I will describe various astrophysical scenarios for the generation of electromagnetic counterparts and discuss observational strategies aimed at identifying them. Successful identifications will enable novel studies of black hole astrophysics and cosmological physics.
We propose one way to regularize the fluctuations generated during inflation. We show that, as long as we consider the case that the non-linear interaction acts for a finite duration, observable fluctuations are free from IR divergences not only in the single field models but also in the multi field model.
De Sitter space is a maximally symmetric space, and any (time dependent) backreaction necessarily breaks the symmetry. On the other hand, the backreaction in FLRW spaces (which, from the cosmological perspective, are more realistic spaces) respects the symmetries of the background space. One could therefore argue that it is more natural to study the backreaction on quasi-de Sitter spaces, and more generally on FLRW spaces. As examples, I will present our results on the one loop (Hubble) effective potential calculation, and the one loop stress energy calculation.