Condensed matter meets gravity

27 - 31 August 2007

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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For a long time there has been cross fertilization of theoretical developments from high energy physics to condensed matter theory and vice versa. This is evidenced in the Higgs mechanism, renormalization group ideas, spontaneous broken symmetry amongst others.

In particular "fundamental" theoretical structures arise in condensed matter as an outgrowth of organizational phenomena that describe the emergent collective behavior of matter and the low energy excitations controlling its behavior. Recently, there have been growing developments in exploiting increasingly apt analogies between phenomena in condensed matter system and gravity, providing a hope of shedding light on questions pertaining to quantum gravity.

The present workshop will, for the first time, assemble main practitioners and developers of these ideas of emergent gravity with main practitioners of high energy physics and of different approaches to quantum gravity. The workshop will provide for the useful exchange of ideas and cross pollination between the different fields that can serve as a seed and driver of innovation in novel approaches to quantum gravity.


    David I. Santiago, Leiden University Lorentz Institute  

    Grigoy E. Volovik, Helsinki University of Technology  

    Pawel Mazur, University of South Carolina  

    Xiao-Gang Wen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

    Jan Zaanen, LION, Leiden University  

    George Chapline, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  

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