Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
3:30 PM, Friday, March 26, 2010
Room 155, Chem-Phys Building
Dr. Shamit Kachru
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
"Illuminating strongly coupled field theories with black holes''
In this talk, I describe how a new principle of physics, holography,
allows us to relate quantum gravity theories in D dimensions to
conventional field theories in D-1 dimensions. The simplest and
most explicit examples relate relativistic field theories to gravity
in anti de Sitter spacetimes. This duality between gravity and field
theory is now being used to extensively investigate toy models of
QCD and strongly correlated condensed matter systems. I describe
some of the most interesting results (flowing in both directions) which
have emerged from these studies.
Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:15 PM