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Physics and Astronomy

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