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.
I discuss the basic model of Higgs inflation, with a large non-minimal curvature coupling, from the point of view of effective field theory. It is pointed out that the effective cutoff scale is uncomfortably low compared to the inflation scale, thus rendering these models extremely sensitive to the details of the ultraviolet completion.
The holographic duality gives a one-to-one mapping between consistent theories of gravity with AdS_d ground state, and conformal field theories in d-1 dimensions. Since the latter are unambiguously well-defined, we can use their defining properties to prove rigorous, model-independent theorems covering all quantum gravity theories with negative cosmological constant. Taking d=3, I will prove in this talk that every two-dimensional CFT contains a primary perator of weight less than C /12 + 0.473695, where C is the sum of right- and left-moving central charges.