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Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

3:30 PM, Friday, October 4, 2013
Room 155, Chem-Phys Building

Dr. Petr Horava
University of California, Berkeley

Quantum Gravity with Anisotropic Scaling and the Multicritical Universe

The problem of understanding how gravity fits together with other fundamental interactions of matter has been at the forefront of theoretical research for many decades, leading to the rich framework of string theory and M-theory. In this framework, many fundamental questions are being resolved, but many remain quite mysterious, suggesting that some novel concepts may be needed. I review the recent concept of multicritical gravity with Lifshitz-type anisotropic scaling, and its applications in areas ranging from particle phenomenology beyond the standard model to non-relativistic versions of the AdS/CFT correspondence.

Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:15 PM