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Numerical Relativity and AdS/CFT

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 10:30am

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G126

Speaker Name(s): 

Hans Bantilan

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado Boulder
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • CTQM Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

The main purpose of this talk is to describe, in detail, how numerical relativity can contribute to our understanding of open questions in seeminly unrelated fields. I will focus on questions in heavy-ion physics, turbulence, thermalization, entanglement entropy, and quenched disorder. This is made possible by the advent of the AdS/CFT duality, which conjecture that certain quantum systems at strong coupling admit a description in terms of classical gravity. I will begin by motivating our effort in terms of the physical systems it is meant to clarify. I will then provide concrete examples by way of our group's most recent simulations of asymptotically AdS spacetimes in fully non-linear general relativity.