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.
This mini-course will review recent developments in our understanding of scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, particularly N=4 SYM in four dimensions. We will discuss a dual theory for these scattering amplitudes associated with contour integrals over Grassmannians, where the remarkable symmetries of the theory are manifest, but space-time and unitarity emerge as secondary concepts.
This mini-course will review recent developments in our understanding of scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, particularly N=4 SYM in four dimensions. We will discuss a dual theory for these scattering amplitudes associated with contour integrals over Grassmannians, where the remarkable symmetries of the theory are manifest, but space-time and unitarity emerge as secondary concepts.
False vacua in QFT are liable to undergo spontaneous decay. Slowness of quantum tunneling can however allow a long lifetime to the false vacuum state. In supersymmetric theories this is a crucial criterion for obtaining a long lived universe with spontaneously broken supersymmetry. We have explored false vacua which admit topological defects, including in a supersymmetric model with O'Rafeartaigh type supersymmetry breaking. We show that the presence of topological defects significantly alters the stability of the false vacuum.
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