Schedule Apr 20, 2016
Do I have to draw you a diagram? A tale of quantum gravity
Zvi Bern, UCLA & KITP

Almost all theoretical physicists believe that quantum field theories based on Einstein's general relativity must necessarily be ill-defined. In technical parlance this is known as the "ultraviolet problem" of quantum gravity. But, is there really a problem? New insights and calculations based on the concept that gravity can be expressed in terms of two copies of standard particle theories suggest that quantum gravity may be much, much tamer. It may even be what is called "ultraviolet finite". The relationship between gravity and gauge theories (which I will explain) also offers the hope of simplifying Einstein's theory, as will be illustrated using black holes. Feynman Diagram
Zvi Bern, UCLA Zvi Bern studied at MIT and UC Berkeley, and traveled the globe as a postdoc before joining the UCLA PhysicsDepartment, where he is currently Professor of Physics. He has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Sakurai Prize fromthe American Physical Society, shared with Lance Dixon andDavid Kosower. He'd like to find out how particles scatter off each other by bypassing complexities inherent in Feynman diagrams. This has applications to the LHC at CERN, and, on the more theoretical side, to supersymmetric gauge and gravitytheories. Bern first got into physics by striving to be like hisolder brother, who was learning electrical engineering. But because he didn't really understand electronics, he decided toread about physics to help with the fundamentals. He never became a radio engineer, but, as a consolation prize, he did getto understand quantum field theory.
Introduction by Lars Bildsten & David Gross

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