Thursday, May 18, 2017
East Bridge 201
Physics Research Conference
The Remarkable Power of General Relativity
Gary Horowitz, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC Santa Barbara
Einstein's theory of general relativity has been very successful in reproducing a wide range of gravitational phenomena. I will briefly review this success, and then explain how general relativity can also describe other areas of physics as well, including aspects of particle physics and condensed matter physics. This surprising result is a consequence of the gauge/gravity duality that emerged from string theory. I will explain this remarkable development and show that general relativity can indeed reproduce properties of QCD and superconductivity.