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Physics Colloquium

Friday, October 7, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics, Room PB-38

Dr. Sera Cremonini, Lehigh University

Gravity and Holography

The recent announcement of the direct detection of gravitational waves provides yet another remarkable confirmation of Einstein*s vision of the universe, in which space and time are interwoven and dynamic. Despite its stark successes, the theory of general relativity is incomplete, in that it fails to describe regions of space-time with very large curvature, and for which quantum mechanical effects cannot be ignored. These include the interior of black holes and the very early universe. String theory, our leading candidate for a quantum theory of gravity, offers a concrete framework to probe the microscopic properties of black holes and the short-distance behavior of space-time. It has also lead to the ideas of holography, a fascinating web of dualities between theories of gravity and certain strongly interacting quantum field theories. In addition to providing insights into the fundamental nature of space-time, holography offers a novel window into strongly coupled phases of matter and unconventional materials, such as high temperature superconductors. This talk will discuss various aspects of this web of dualities.

Refreshments will be prior to the talk, at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Complex, Physics Library, Room, PB-103.


Dawn Rawlinson, 486-4916,

Physics Department (primary)

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