Schedule Nov 12, 2020
The Siegel-Weil Formula and Quantum Gravity
Alex Maloney, McGill Univ.
Cite as: doi:10.26081/K6VG8G

I will explore the idea that certain theories of gravity in Anti-de Sitter space are dual to an average over an ensemble of quantum theories, rather than to a specific quantum theory. I will consider the average over Narain’s family of two-dimensional conformal field theories which describe free bosons on a torus, and compute the genus g partition function using the Siegel-Weil formula. The result is a real analytic Eisenstein series which can be interpreted as the sum over geometries in a theory of gravity. But the gravitational theory looks more like a Chern-Simons theory than like Einstein gravity.

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