Strings, Branes and Fields
Largely confirmed by the particle collider experiments from the 80s-90s, the Standard Model unifies three out of the four known fundamental interactions within the framework of relativistic quantum field theory. Gravity, described classically by General Relativity, seems to fall outside this framework, as it is perturbatively non-renormalizable. String theory is an ambitious, essentially canonical construct, which provides a consistent description of gravity at the quantum, perturbative level, and at the same time unifies it with the other gauge interactions. Its basic postulate is that at short distances, point particules are subsumed by string-like objects, in various excitation states. Superstring theory, and its putative non-perturbative extension known as M-theory, give a consistent framework for physics beyond the Standard Model. These theories also have important applications to several branches of mathematics.
Staff members :
Atish Dabholkar (on leave at ICTP),
Sheer El-Showk (on leave),
Boris Pioline (on leave at CERN 2011-2016),
The Strings, Branes and Fields group at LPTHE investigates in particular:
- holography and the microscopic description of black holes
- flux compactifications and moduli stabilization
- topological field theories and supersymmetry
The group has a joint seminar with LPTENS Tuesdays at 11hr. Consult the program of past and forthcoming sessions.
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