LOOPS 13

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2013 (All day) to Friday, July 26, 2013 (All day)
Pirsa Collection: 

Support for this conference is provided by The Templeton Frontiers Program.

Quantum gravity aims at unifying Einstein's vision of space-time as a dynamical object with the realization that fundamental physics and hence space-time has to be quantum. This opens up a large variety of research questions and directions, which range from foundational physical issues having to do with the nature of space and time, to current searches for experimental signatures of quantum spacetime.

This conference, which is part of the series of Loops conferences, will present and review recent progress and highlights in loop quantum gravity and other quantum gravity approaches. We will focus mainly on background independent approaches which are approaches that do not depend on perturbation theory formulated in a classical background.

Plenary talks will highlight the most important recent developments in quantum gravity research. Afternoon (parallel) sessions are open to contributed talks and will be focussed on particular topics or subfields and give room for discussions, exchange of ideas and a critical assessment of open questions.

The conference will bring quantum gravity researchers from all over the world together and we also hope to share the excitement of quantum gravity research with participants from other research fields.

Previous conferences in this series were:

Registration for this confernce is now closed.

Sponsorship for this conference has been provided by:

 
  • Ivan Agullo, DAMTP Cambridge
  • Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University
  • Aurelien Barrau, Universite Joseph Fourier
  • Eugenio Bianchi, Perimeter Institute
  • Steve Carlip, University of California, Davis
  • Fay Dowker, Imperial College, London
  • Henrique de Andrade Gomes, University of California, Davis
  • Dafne Guetta, ORT-Braude College & INAF-OAR
  • Razvan Gurau, Université Paris-Sud
  • Muxin HanCentre de Physique Theorique
  • Frank Hellmann, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • Viqar Husain, University of New Brunswick
  • Kirill Krasnov, University of Nottingham
  • Etera Livine, Ens de Lyon
  • Renate Loll, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Alejandro Perez, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Vincent Rivasseau, Universite Paris-Sud XI Orsay
  • Carlo Rovelli, Le Centre de Physique Théorique
  • Frank Saueressig, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • David Skinner, DAMTP Cambridge, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Bill Unruh, University of British Columbia
  • Madhavan Varadarajan, Raman Research Institute
 
  • Niayesh Afshordi, Perimeter Institute
  • Emanuele Alesci, University of Warsaw
  • Giovanni Amelino-Camelia, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Mohamed Anber, University of Toronto
  • Fabio Anza, Universit di Pisa
  • Seramika Ari Wahyoedi, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Mehdi Assanioussi, University of Warsaw
  • Valerio Astuti, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Angel Ballesteros, Universidad de Burgos
  • Andrzej Banburski, Perimeter Institute
  • Aristide Baratin, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Julian Barbour, University of Oxford
  • Leonardo Barcaroli, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Jacob Barnett, Perimeter Institute
  • Dario Benedetti, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Joseph Bengeloun, Perimeter Institute
  • Paolo Bertozzini, Thammasat University
  • Stefano Bianco La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Norbert Bodendorfer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Martin Bojowald, Pennsylvania State University
  • Boris Bolliet, ENS de Lyon
  • Julien Bolmont, LPNHE & UPMC
  • Valentin Bonzom, Perimeter Institute
  • Suddhsattwa Brahma, Pennsylvania State University
  • Will Bunting, California Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Cailleteau, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jose Ricardo Cames de Oliveira, University of Nottingham
  • Miguel Campiglia, Raman Research Institute
  • Sylvain Carrozza, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Mariano Celada, CINVESTAV
  • Atousa Chaharsough Shirazi, Florida Atlantic University
  • Lin-Qing Chen, Perimeter Institute
  • Goffredo Chirco, Aix-Marseille University
  • Christopher Coleman-Smith, Duke University
  • Francois Collet, Aix-Marseille University
  • Frederic Combes, Perimeter Institute
  • Rory Conboye, University College Cork
  • Adriano Contillo, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Joshua Cooperman, University of California, Davis
  • Leonard Cottrell, Retired
  • Antonin Coutant, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Andrea Dapor, University of Warsaw
  • Stephane Dartois, ENS de Lyon
  • Ghanashyam Date, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • Bogar Diaz Jimenez, Benemrita Univesidad Autnoma de Puebla
  • Jacobo Diaz Polo, Louisiana State University
  • Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute
  • Andreas Doering, University of Oxford
  • Pietro Dona, SISSA
  • Maite Dupuis, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Christopher Duston, Florida State University
  • Astrid Eichhorn, Perimeter Institute
  • Jonathan Engle, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kevin Falls, University of Sussex
  • Laurent Freidel, Perimeter Institute
  • Ivette Fuentes, University of Nottingham
  • Rodolfo Gambini, Universidad de la Republica
  • Marc Geiller, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
  • Adam Getchell, University of California, Davis
  • Steffen Gielen, Perimeter Institute
  • Florian Girelli, University of Waterloo
  • Lisa Glaser, Niels Bohr Institute
  • Julien Grain, Institute for Space Astrophysics
  • Jonathan Granot, Open University of Israel
  • Sean Gryb, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Giulia Gubitosi, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Hal Haggard, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Maximilian Hanusch, University of Paderborn
  • Bruno Hartmann, Perimeter Institute
  • Asif Hassan, University of Texas, Austin
  • Jeffrey Hazboun, Utah State University
  • Tobias Henz, University of Heidelberg
  • Gabe Herczeg, University of California, Davis
  • Hector Hernandez, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
  • Daniel Fernando Higuita Borja, CINVESTAV
  • Jeff Hnybida, Perimeter Institute
  • Philipp Hoehn, Perimeter Institute
  • Matthew Hogan, Florida Atlantic University
  • Giorgio Immirzi, INFN
  • Matt Johnson, Perimeter Institute
  • Oleg Kabernik, University of Waterloo
  • Mikhail Kagan, Pennsylvania State University
  • Wojciech Kaminski, Perimeter Institute
  • Nima Khosravi, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Marcin Kisielowski,  University of Warsaw
  • Tim Koslowski, University of New Brunswick
  • Thomas Krajewski, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Manuel Kramer, University of Cologne
  • Emilia Kubalova, Masaryk University
  • Eugene Kur, University of California, Berkeley
  • Suzanne Lanery, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Antony Lee, University of Nottingham
  • Jerzy Lewandowski, University of Warsaw
  • Linda Linsefors, LPSC-Grenoble & CNRS
  • Kinjalk Lochan, Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research
  • Niccol Loret, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Matteo Giuseppe Lostaglio, Imperial College, London
  • Yongge Ma, Beijing Normal University
  • Anson Maitland, University of Waterloo
  • Seth Major, Hamilton College
  • Antonio Marciano, Fudan University & INFN
  • Mercedes Martin Benito, Perimeter Institute
  • Eduardo Martin-Martinez, Perimeter Institute & Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Daniel Martin de Blas, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
  • Marco Matassa, SISSA
  • Guillermo Mena, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
  • Phillip Mendonca, Florida Atlantic University
  • Flavio Mercati, Perimeter Institute
  • Aleksander Mikovic, Lusofona University
  • Jonah Miller, University of Colorado
  • Djordje Minic, Virginia Tech
  • Edison Montoya, Instituto de Fisica y Matematicas
  • Tim Morris, University of Southampton
  • Markus Mueller, Perimeter Institute
  • Yasha Neiman, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Oeckl, Centro de Ciencias Matematicas
  • Javier Olmedo, Universidad de la Repblica de Uruguay
  • Jonathan Oppenheim, University College London
  • Daniele Oriti, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Prince Osei, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Dine Ousmane Samary, International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications
  • Giovanni Palmisano, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Sohyun Park, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
  • Daniele Pranzetti, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Isabeau Premont-Schwarz, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Jacek Puchta, University of Warsaw
  • Jorge Pullin, Louisiana State University
  • Jason Pye, University of Waterloo
  • Matti Raasakka, University Paris-Nord XIII
  • Saeed Rastgoo, Centro de Ciencias Matematicas
  • Michael Reisenberger, Instituto de Física Facultad de Ciencias
  • Trevor Rempel, Perimeter Institute
  • Juan D Reyes, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
  • Aldo Riello, Aix-Marseille University
  • Andreas Rodigast, Heidelberg University
  • Irais Rubalcava Garcia, Centro de Ciencias Matematicas
  • James Ryan, Albert Einstein Institute
  • David Schroeren, Balliol College
  • Bernd Schroers, Heriot-Watt University
  • Sanjeev Seahra, University of New Brunswick
  • Giuseppe Sellaroli, University of Waterloo
  • Vasudev Shyam, The Center For Fundamental Research and Creative Education
  • Lorenzo Sindoni, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Matteo Smerlak, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute
  • Rafael Sorkin, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Simone Speziale, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Sebastian Steinhaus, Perimeter Institute
  • Alexander Stottmeister, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Eckhard Strobel, La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute
  • Jdrzej Swiezewski,  University of Warsaw
  • Sara Tavares, University of Nottingham
  • Karim Thebault, LMU Munich
  • Johannes Thurigen, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Casey Tomlin, Pennsylvania State University
  • Aaron Trout, Chatham University
  • Artur Tsobanjan, American University
  • Mercedes Velazquez, CINVESTAV
  • Madhavan Venkatesh, Centre for  Fundamental Research and Creative Education
  • Francesca Vidotto, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Hans Westman, Instituto de Fisica Fundamental
  • Wolfgang Martin Wieland, Aix-Marseille University
  • Edward Wilson-Ewing, Louisiana State University
  • Felix Winterhalter, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Andreas J. Woehr, Eberhard Karls University
  • Yuki Yokokura, Kyoto University
  • Mingyi Zhang, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Thomas Zilker, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Antonia Zipfel, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • Jonathan Ziprick, Perimeter Institute

 

Parallel Session Breakdown.pdf

Monday, July 22nd

Time

Event

Location

8:30-9:00am

Registration

Reception

9:00-9:10am

Lee Smolin & Neil Turok 
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Theater

9:10-9:55am

Ivan Agullo, DAMTP Cambridge
A Quantum Gravity Extension of the Inflationary Scenario

Theater

9:55-10:40am

Aurelien Barrau, Universite Joseph Fourier
Some Possible Ways to Observe Consequences
of Loop Quantum Gravity

Theater

10:40-11:00am

Coffee Break

Bistro

11:00-11:45am

Dafne Guetta, ORT-Braude College & INAF-OAR
Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
with Neutrinos
and High Energy Photons

Theater

11:45-12:30pm

Henrique de Andrade Gomes, University of California, Davis
Shape Dynamics: a status report

Theater

12:30-2:30pm

Lunch

Bistro

2:30-4:10pm

Parallel Discussion Groups  
(Each talk is scheduled for 20 minutes unless otherwise indicated)

Talks will take place each afternoon between 2:30-6:00pm
The following individuals will chair the parallel discussion groups:
Black Holes: Eugenio Bianchi
Canonical Quantum Gravity: Bianca Dittrich
Discrete Approaches:  Florian Girelli
Group Field Theory, Tensor Models: Joseph Ben Geloun Phenomenology: Flavio Mercati
Quantum Cosmology: Steffen Gielen & Mercedes Martin-Benito Quantum Foundations: Philipp Hoehn
Renormalization: Astrid Eichhorn 

Shape Dynamics: Flavio Mercati
Spin Foams: Valentin Bonzom

 

2:30-4:10pm

Quantum Cosmology   
S. Gielen, E. Alesci, J. Engle 
Review Talk: M. Bojowald (40 minutes)

Theater

2:30-4:10pm

Shape Dynamics   
J. Barbour, F. Mercati, K. Thebault, M. Lostaglio 
Review Talk: T. Koslowski (30 minutes)

Time Room

2:30-4:10pm

Spin Foams  
A. Riello, S. Steinhaus, W. Kaminski
Review Talk: S. Speziale (40 minutes)

PSI Workroom

2:30-4:10pm

Black Holes   
A. Coutant, A. Lee, C. Coleman-Smith 
Review Talk: L. Freidel (40 minutes)

Space Room

4:10-4:40pm

Coffee Break

Bistro

4:40-6:20pm

Quantum Cosmology   
J. Grain, L. Linsefors , A. Dapor 
Review Talk: E. Wilson-Ewing (40 minutes)

Theater

4:40-6:00pm

Shape Dynamics   
S. Gryb, N. Afshordi, V. Shyam, J. Hazboun

Time Room

4:40-6:00pm

Spin Foams 
G. Immirzi , J. Hnybida, W. Wieland, A. Mikovic

PSI Workroom

4:40-6:00pm

Black Holes  
J. Pullin, M. Smerlak, Y. Yokokura, K. Lochan

Space Room

6:00-6:20pm Conference Photo TBA
6:20pm

Poster Session

Atrium

6:20pm

Pub Night

Bistro

  Tuesday, July 23rd

Time

Event

Location

9:00-9:45am

Alejandro Perez, Centre de Physique Theorique
Black holes in loop quantum gravity: 
new insights and perspectives from semiclassical consistency

Theater

9:45-10:30am

Eugenio Bianchi, Perimeter Institute
Entanglement, Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy, and Spinfoams

Theater

10:30-11:00am

Coffee Break

Bistro

11:00-11:45am

Bill Unruh, University of British Columbia
TBA

Theater

11:45-12:30pm

Frank Saueressig, Radboud University Nijmegen
Black Holes in Asymptotically Safe Gravity

Theater

12:30-12:35pm TorQ Percusion Quartet 
How can you make space and time quantum?
Theater
12:35-2:30pm

Lunch

Bistro

2:30-4:10pm

Renormalization   
T. Morris, A. Rodigast 
Review Talk: D. Benedetti (40 minutes)

Bob Room

2:30-4:10pm

Phenomenology  
J. Granot, J. Bolmont, G. Gubitosi, G. Palmisano, L. Chen

Time Room

2:30-4:10pm

Canonical Quantum Gravity 
M. Kagan, M. Assanioussi, J. Swiezewski 
Review Talk: J. Lewandowski (40 minutes)

PSI Workroom

2:30-4:10pm

Black Holes 
D. Pranzetti, H. Haggard, Y. Neiman, N. Bodendorfer, M. Geiller

Space Room

4:10-4:40pm

Coffee Break

Bistro

4:40-6:00pm

Renormalization   
S. Carrozza, J. Cooperman 
Review Talk: M. Martin-Benito (40 minutes)

Bob Room

4:40-6:00pm

Phenomenology 
A. Banburski, T. Rempel, N. Loret, B. Schroers, P. Osei

Time Room

4:40-6:00pm

Canonical Quantum Gravity 
J. Ziprick, M. Venkatesh, M. Dupuis, G. Sellaroli

PSI Workroom

4:40-6:00pm

Quantum Cosmology  
M. Johnson, M. Kramer, S. Seahra, G. Mena Marugan

Space Room

6:00-6:20pm

Break

Bistro

  Panel Discussions 
(Each panel discussion is scheduled for 70 minutes)
 
6:20-7:30pm Chair: Astrid Eichhorn
What is the most important fact we have learnt about quantum gravity? B. Dittrich, F. Dowker, V. Husain, R. Loll, C. Rovelli, F. Saueressig
Theater
7:30-8:40pm Chairs:  Steffen Gielen & Mercedes Martin Benito 
What does quantum gravity teach us about the very early universe?
G. Mena Marugan, D. Oriti, J. Grain
Bob Room
7:30-8:40pm Chair:  Eugenio Bianchi 
On the nature of black hole entropy
L. Freidel, A. Perez, C. Rovelli, R. Sorkin, B. Unruh
Theater

  Wednesday, July 24th

Time

Event

Location

9:00-9:45am

Etera Livine, Ens de Lyon
Spinor and Twistor networks in Loop Gravity

Theater

9:45-10:30

David Skinner, DAMTP Cambridge & Institute for Advanced Study Twistor Strings for N=8 Supergravity

Theater

10:30-11:00am

Coffee Break

Bistro

11:00-11:45am

Vincent Rivasseau, Universite Paris-Sud XI Orsay
The Tensor Track

Theater

11:45-12:30pm

Razvan Gurau, Université Paris-Sud
The non perturbative 1/N expansion of Tensor Models

Theater

12:30-1:15pm

Muxin Han, Centre de Physique
Spinfoam Formulation of Loop Quantum Gravity

Theater

1:15-2:30pm

Lunch

Bistro

2:00-5:00pm

Soccer

Waterloo Park

6:00pm

Conference BBQ

Bistro

  Thursday, July 25th

Time

Event

Location

9:00-9:45am

Frank Hellmann,  Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics Asymptotic dynamics: Spin foam partition functions
in the asymptotic regime

Theater

9:45-10:30am

Fay Dowker, Imperial College, London
Causal Sets and the Quantum of Action 

Theater

10:30-10:35 Special Announcement Theater
10:35-11:00am

Coffee Break

Bistro

11:00-11:45am

Madhavan Varadarajan, Raman Research Institute
Towards a Consistent Quantum Dynamics for 
Euclidean LQG: A Weak Coupling Limit

Theater

11:45-12:30pm

Renate Loll, Radboud University Nijmegen
Causal Dynamical Triangulations without Preferred Foliation

Theater

12:30-2:30pm

Lunch

Bistro

2:30-4:10pm

Group Field Theory, Tensor Models   
D. Oriti, J. Ryan, M. Raasakka, T. Krajewski 
Review Talk: V. Bonzom (20 minutes)

Bob Room

2:30-4:10pm

Phenomenology  
I. Fuentes, A. Marciano, A. Eichhorn, D. Minic, L. Barcaroli

Time Room

2:30-4:10pm

Canonical Quantum Gravity  
C. Tomlin, S. Brahma, A. Stottmeister, J. Olmedo, R. Gambini

PSI Workroom

2:30-4:10pm

Discrete Approaches   
J. Miller, A. Trout, L. Glaser 
Review Talk: P. Hoehn (40 minutes)

Space Room

4:10-4:40pm

Coffee Break

Bistro

4:40-6:00pm

Group Field Theory, Tensor Models 
D. Ousmane Samary, L. Sindoni, S. Dartois, J. Ben Geloun

Bob Room

4:40-6:00pm

Phenomenology   
H. Westman, A. Ballesteros, S. Bianco
  Review Talk: G. Amelino-Camelia (30 minutes)

Time Room

4:40-6:00pm

Canonical Quantum Gravity    
S. Lanery, M. Hanusch, M. Campiglia, Y. Ma

PSI Workroom

4:40-6:00pm

Discrete Approaches   
J. Puchta, B. Dittrich, S. Surya, G. Date

Space Room

6:00-6:40pm

Break

Bistro

7:30pm-9:30pm

TorQ Percussion Concert

Theater

9:30pm

Reception

Bistro

  Friday, July 25th

Time

Event

Location

9:00-9:45am

Steve Carlip, University of California, Davis
Spontaneous Dimensional Reduction?

Theater

9:45-10:30am

Kirill Krasnov, University of Nottingham
Diffeomorphism Invariant Gauge Theories

Theater

10:30-11:00am

Coffee Break

Bistro

11:00-11:45am

Viqar Husain, University of New Brunswick
Scenes from polymer quantization

Theater

11:45-1:00pm

Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University
Carlo Rovelli, Le Centre de Physique Théorique 
Promising Paths:  
What Have We Learned So Far About Quantum Gravity?

Theater

1:00-1:10pm Acknowledgements to Participants Theater
1:10-2:30pm

Lunch

Bistro

2:30-4:10pm

Quantum Cosmology  
T. Cailleteau, D. Martin de Blas, E. Martin-Martinez,
M. Kisielowski, A. Contillo

Bob Room

2:30-4:10pm

Quantum Foundations   
R. Oeckl, M. Mueller, R. Spekkens, 
J. Oppenheim, L. Smolin

Time Room

2:30-4:10pm

Discrete Approaches / Mixed Session  
G. Chirco, E. Kur, C. Duston, J. Thurigen

PSI Workroom

2:30-4:10pm

Canonical Quantum Gravity / Spin Foams 
A. Zipfel, A. Baratin, M. Zhang,  A. Chaharsough Shirazi, F. Anza

Space Room

4:10-4:40pm

Coffee Break

Bistro

4:40-6:00pm

Quantum Cosmology 
F. Vidotto H. Hernandez,  E. Montoya, M. Hogan,

Bob Room

4:40-6:00pm

Quantum Foundations  
D. Schroeren, A. Doering, P. Bertozzini, B. Hartmann

Time Room

4:40-6:00pm

Renormalization 
M. Anber, T. Henz, K. Falls

PSI Workroom

4:40-6:00pm

Mixed Session 
M. Reisenberger, J. Diaz-Polo, V. Astuti, S. Major

Space Room

 

 

Parallel Session Abstracts.pdf

Plenary Speaker Abstracts:

Ivan Agullo, DAMTP Cambridge

A Quantum Gravity Extension of the Inflationary Scenario

Since the standard inflationary paradigm is based on quantum field theory on classical space-times, it excludes the Planck era. Using techniques from loop quantum gravity, the theory is extended to overcome this limitations. The new framework sharpens conceptual issues by distinguishing between the true and apparent trans-Planckian difficulties and provides sufficient conditions under which the true difficulties can be overcome within a quantum gravity theory, with interesting lessons for both theory and observations.

Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University

Promising Paths

In LQG we work in the spirit of Antonio Machado: "Traveler, there is no path; Paths are made by walking." I will present a bird's eye view of some of the paths that have emerged since Loops 11 and offer a few suggestions.

Aurelien BarrauUniversite Joseph Fourier

Some possible ways to observe consequences of loop quantum gravity

In this talk, I'll briefly review some possible observational consequences of loop quantum gravity. I will first address the issue of the closure of the algebra of constraints in holonomy-corrected effective loop quantum cosmology for tensor, vector, and scalar modes. I will underline some unexpected features like a possible change of signature. The associated primordial power spectrum and the basics of the related CMB analysis will be presented. The "asymptotic silence" hypothesis will be mentioned as a promising alternative. Then, I'll address the issue of the probability for inflation and the prediction of its duration from a new perspective. Finally, I'll present some prospect about the evaporation of black holes in LQG.

Eugenio Bianchi, Perimeter Institute

Entanglement, Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy, and Spinfoams

I review recent developments on vacuum entanglement perturbations in perturbative quantum gravity and spinfoams, and discuss their relevance for understanding the nature of black hole entropy.

Steve Carlip, University of California, Davis

Spontaneous Dimensional Reduction?

Several lines of evidence hint that quantum gravity at distances a bit larger than the Planck scale may become effectively two-dimensional.  I will summarize the evidence for this "spontaneous dimensional reduction," and suggest a further argument based on the effect of vacuum fluctuations on light cones.  If this description proves to be correct, it suggests an interesting relationship between small-scale quantum spacetime and the behavior of cosmologies near a spacelike singularity.

Fay Dowker, Imperial College, London 

Causal Sets and the Quantum of Action 

The struggle between local and global concepts in physics comes to a head in  causal set quantum gravity. Local physics -- and general relativity in particular -- must be recovered in a continuum approximation if the theory is to  be successful but causal sets are inherently non-local entities. I will describe a family of causal set actions labelled by dimension, each of which is nonlocal and yet, when applied to certain causal sets, approximates the Einstein Hilbert action and is therefore effectively local.  I will explain why this is a source of hope that causal set theory has a continuum approximation.

Henrique de Andrade Gomes, University of California, Davis

Shape Dynamics: a status report

I will give an introduction to the theory of Shape Dynamics, and then comment on recent advances, obstacles and future projects. 

Dafne GuettaORT-Braude College & INAF-OAR

Quantum Gravity Phenomenology with Neutrinos and high energy photons.

I review the main properties of the Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) as possible sources of high energy (E>TeV) neutrinos and confirmed sources of high energy (E>GeV) photons.

I discuss the possibility to use the data of neutrino telescopes, such as IceCube and the GeV-photon telescopes, such as Fermi’s LAT, for precision tests of Einstein's Special Relativity as applied to neutrinos and photons. My focus is on possible departures from Special Relativity that can be motivated by models of quantum space-time. I observe that neutrinos which one would not associate to a GRB, when assuming a classical spacetime picture, may well be GRB neutrinos if the possibility that Lorentz invariance is broken at very high energies is taken into account. I outline how future analyses of neutrino data should be done in order to systematically test the Lorentz Invariance Violation possibility. In addition I consider the possibility that Lorentz Invariance Violation might be responsible for the spectral lags that characterize the GeV signal observed for the remarkable GRB130427A.

A comparison of these features for GRBs at different redshifts provides some encouragement for a redshift dependence of the effects of the type expected for a quantum-spacetime interpretation, but other aspects of the analysis appear to invite the interpretation as intrinsic properties of GRBs.

Razvan Gurau, Universite Paris-Sud

he non perturbative 1/N expansion of Tensor Models

I will present the recently obtained non perturbative 1/N expansion of tensor models.  The correlation functions are shown to be analytic in the coupling constant in some domain of the complex plane and to support appropriate scaling bounds at large N. Surprisingly, the non perturbative setting turns out  to be a powerful computational tool allowing the explicit evaluation order by order (with bounded rest terms) of the correlations.

Muxin HanCentre de Physique Theorique

Spinfoam Formulation of Loop Quanum Gravity

Recently there are a lot of progresses in developing the spinfoam formulation of loop quantum gravity. In this talk I give an overview of the subject. I introduce the formalism and the motivation of the theory, and I discuss the application of spinfoam formulation in black hole and cosmology. I also discuss the inclusion of the quantum matter fields and cosmological constant in the formalism. The inclusion of cosmological constant motivates a Chern-Simons formulation of LQG. Finally I discuss the semiclassical low-energy approximation of the spinfoam formulation, where Einstein gravity appears as the leading contribution. 

Frank HellmannMax Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Asymptotic dynamics: Spin foam partition functions in the asymptotic regime

Spin foam models are models for space time built from discrete chunks of quantized geometry. In the asymptotic regime the classical geometry is regained.

In the last year we have seen rapid developments in our understanding of this geometry at the level of the entire partition function. In particular it was found that the geometries that contribute to the partition function in the asymptotic regime satisfy accidental curvature constraints.
I will discuss the classic results and role of asymptotics, the recent results and their impact on the interpretation of these models. 
 
Viqar Husain, University of New Brunswick

Scenes from polymer quantization

A regime of "polymer quantum field theory on curved spacetime" should emerge in a low energy approximation of quantum gravity based on LQG ideas. This era should be characterized by a polymer scale, and  give modifications to the usual semiclassical approximation. I will describe work on gravitational collapse, cosmology, and statistical mechanics in this setting. Results include models of horizon evaporation,  inflation and graceful exit without an inflaton potential, and an indication of dimensional reduction from 4 to 2.5 dimensions. 

Kirill Krasnov, University of Notthingham Diffeomorphism Invariant Gauge Theories

I will describe a very large class of gauge theories that do not use any external structure such as e.g. a spacetime metric in their construction. When the gauge group is taken to be SL(2) these theories describe interacting gravitons, with GR being just a particular member of a whole family of gravity theories. Taking larger gauge groups one obtains gravity coupled to various matter systems. In particular, I will show how gravity together with Yang-Mills gauge fields arise from one and the same diffeomorphism invariant gauge theory Lagrangian. Finally, I will describe what is known about these theories quantum mechanically. 

Etera Livine, Ens de Lyon

Spinor and Twistor networks in Loop Gravity

I will review the reformulation of the loop gravity phase space in terms of spinor networks and twistor networks, and present how these techniques can be used to write spinfoam amplitudes as discretized path integrals and to study the dynamics that they define (recursion, Hamiltonian constraints as differential equations).

Renate Loll, Radboud University Nijmegen

Causal Dynamical Triangulations without Preferred Foliation

We introduce a generalized version of the Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT) formulation of quantum gravity, in which the regularized, triangulated path integral histories maintain their causal properties, but do not have a preferred proper-time foliation. An extensive numerical study of the associated nonperturbative path integral in 2+1 dimensions shows that it can nevertheless reproduce the emergence of an extended de Sitter universe on large scales, a key feature of CDT quantum gravity. This suggests that the preferred foliation normally used in CDT is not a crucial (although convenient) part of its background structure.

Alejandro Perez, Centre de Physique Theorique

Black holes in loop quantum gravity: new insights and perspectives from semiclassical consistency

I will argue that the recently introduced quasilocal framework for black hole mechanics (based on the form of the near horizon geometry of stationary black holes (BHs)) together with an additional assumption on the degeneracy of the area spectrum in quantum gravity (holography for non geometric degrees of freedom) leads to  agreement between the statistical mechanical treatment of quantum black holes and standard semiclassical results in BH thermodynamics.  More precisely, up to small quantum corrections, quantum black holes satisfy the following properties:  Entropy is Bekenstein-Hawking entropy, and fluctuations of the horizon area are small. Moreover, under the above assumption, an explicit correspondence between the statistical mechanical treatment of the fundamental LQG degrees of freedom and the semiclassical Euclidean path integral formulation can be explicitly established.
 
Vincent Rivasseau, Universite Paris-Sud XI Orsay
 
The Tensor Track
 
I will present the tensorial renormalization group approach  to quantum gravity and the tentative scenario it suggests for the emergence of space-time.
 
Carlo RovelliLe Centre de Physique Théorique
 
What have we learned so far about quantum gravity?
 
I try to make the point about what we know and what we do not yet know about the possibility of writing a quantum theory of gravity.
 
Frank Saueressig, Radboud University Nijmegen
 
Black holes in Asymptotically Safe Gravity
 
In this talk, I will briefly review the main ingredients of the gravitational asymptotic safety program before focusing on the phenomenological consequences originating from the scale-dependent couplings characteristic for the theory. In particular, I will discuss recent unexpected developments in unveiling the structure of microscopic black holes within Asymptotic Safety: in the asymptotic UV the structure of the quantum solutions is universal and given by the classical Schwarzschild-de Sitter solution, entailing a self-similarity between the classical and quantum regime. As a consequence asymptotically safe black holes evaporate completely and no Planck-size remnants are formed. The relation of these results to previous criticism that Asymptotic Safety does not reproduce the state-count of a conformal field theory will be addressed.
 
David Skinner, DAMTP & Institute for Advanced  Study
 
Twistor Strings for N=8 Supergravity
 
The perturbative S-matrix of General Relativity has a rich and fascinating geometric structure that is completely obscured by its traditional description in terms of Feynman diagrams. I'll explain a new way of looking at four dimensional supergravity: as a string theory in twistor space. All tree-level amplitudes in the theory can be described by algebraic curves in Penrose's nonlinear graviton
 
Madhavan Varadarajan, Raman Research Institute
 
Towards a Consistent Quantum Dynamics for Euclidean LQG: a weak coupling limit
 
Spacetime covariance in canonical quantum gravity is tied to the existence of an anomaly free representation of its constraint algebra.  I will argue that establishing the existence of such a  representation  in the LQG context requires the consideration of   higher than unit density  weight Hamiltonian constraints. Smolin's weak coupling limit of Euclidean gravity, while simpler than full blown gravity , still exhibits an open constraint algebra isomorphic to that of gravity and offers an ideal testing ground for the investigation of the quantum constraint algebra of such higher density constraints. I will report on recent progress on this issue in the context of an LQG type quantization of this system. Certain features of the constructions such as the encoding of the action of the  quantum constraint in terms of operator valued diffeomorphisms may play a key role in the definition of a consistent quantum dynamics for LQG.

 

A Shift in Time featuring the TorQ Percussion Quartet Thursday, July 25th @ 7:30pm Mike Lazaridis Theatre, Perimeter Institute Loops 13 features a unique concert opportunity that integrates art with science. This musical presentation reveals a special duality between quantum gravity and sound featuring the talents of the TorQ Percussion Quartet. TorQ’s program “A Shift in Time” examines the phenomenon of time and space in a rhythmic paradigm. Each piece explores a specific music compositional device and variations surrounding it, including metric modulation, phasing, spatial aural spectra, and acoustic delay. During the conference period the TorQ Percussion Quartet will engage with our delegates and PI community and these interactions will provide inspiration for improvisational pieces for the upcoming concert. Don't miss out on this fantastic event, an evening of percussion mastery presented by the TorQ Percussion Quartet, featuring sounds from the driving rhythms of wood to the Doppler pulsations of metallic keyboard instruments.  Reserve your ticket now! For more information on TorQ visit: http://www.torqpercussion.ca/ For a sample of their performance, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2AnGfFhUcg

 

All participants of the Loops 13 conference are encouraged to dine in Perimeter Institute’s Black Hole Bistro.  The following events have been scheduled for your enjoyment.

Monday, July 22

A pub style buffet will be available serving the following items:
• Grilled Canadian Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich on Toasted Onion Seed Soft Roll $6
• Fish Taco, Cornmeal Crusted Perch, Asian Slaw, Thai Chili Sauce $6
• Smoked Tempeh Bacon Poutine, Miso Gravy $5
• Grilled Ontario Corn and Potato salad $4
• Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bar $4
• Cash Bar
This opening night event will coincide with the poster session taking place in the Atrium

Wednesday, July 24 Conference BBQ. 

Please come join your fellow conference participants in the bistro for dinner.  There is no charge to attend this dinner.

Thursday, July 25

A reception will take place immediately following the TorQ Percussion Quartet concert.  Concert attendees may enjoy a beverage and light snacks after the performance.  There is no charge to attend the reception.  

   

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Loops '13 Football Tournament a.k.a.the 2nd edition of the Loops' mini world cup tournament

After a first edition organized during the Madrid conference during Loops' 11, the Loops' Cup is back! While the 2011 tournament was won by an international selection, we are planning to change the format of the cup; it will be organzied most likely by research topics instead of national teams (since there were not enough nationals for each country last time). We are planning to play on Wednesday afternoon (July 24) in Waterloo Park.  A field has been reserved for play from 2:00 - 5:00pm.  The basic setting is a round robin followed by direct elimination rounds concluded by a little final and the big final.  Depending on the total number of players, teams will consist of 5-7 players and games will last between 10 and 20 minutes.  In total we are hoping for 6 to 8 teams. The exact time and format (teams and game plan) will be decided over the next couple of weeks before the conference, according to the number of participants and their properties. A priori, teams will correspond to thematics:

  • Loop gravity & canonical techniques
  • Spinfoams & GFT
  • Cosmology & LQC
  • CDT & Shape dynamics
  • QG phenomenology
  • BHs & Thermodynamics of GR
  • Strings & CFT

Players wanting to qualify to a specific thematic team should provide a proof of research in that thematic (no need of anything formal).  To register for the cup please send an email to footpiloops12@gmail.com with your name, preferred thematic(s), birth country and institution (these last two will be needed in case it is finally decided to switch back to the original national team format.)  If you have other questions, please direct them to Etera Livine or Florian Girelli. There will likely be a Perimeter Institute / conference staff team if enough participants are interested. Comments and suggestions may be included in the text of your registration email or may be posted to the facebook event webpage:https://www.facebook.com/events/188604221300066/?ref=14 If you want to play, please think about bringing a white t-shirt and a black t-shirt, and appropriate footwear to play on grass.  Games will be self-refereed, with ultimate decision residing with the organizers. Water and fruit will be provided.      

 
  • Giovanni Amelino-Camelia,  La Sapienza University of Rome
  • Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University
  • Fernando Barbero, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
  • John Barrett, University of Nottingham
  • James Bjorken, SLAC
  • Martin Bojowald, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Brandenberger, McGill University
  • Alejandro Corichi, Pennsylvania State University
  • Fay Dowker, Imperial College, London
  • Rodolfo Gambini, Instituto de Fisica Facultad de Ciendias
  • Steve Giddings, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Viqar Husain, University of New Brunswick
  • Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland
  • Kirill Krasnov, University of Nottingham
  • Jerzy Lewandowski, University of Warsaw
  • Stefano Liberati, SISSA
  • Etera Livine, Ens de Lyon
  • Renate Loll, Radbud University Nijmegen
  • Yongge Ma, Beijing Normal University
  • Joao Magueijo, Imperial College, London
  • Alex Maloney, McGill University
  • Matilde Marcolli, California Institute of Technology
  • Guillermo Mena, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
  • Djordje Minic, Virginia Tech
  • Daniele Oriti, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Roberto Percacci, SISSA
  • Alejandro Perez, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Jorge Pullin, Lousiana State University
  • Martin Reuter, Johannes Gutenberg Universitat
  • Vincent Rivasseau, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay
  • Carlo Rovelli, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Thomas Thiemann, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • William Unruh, University of British Columbia
 
  • Joseph Ben Geloun, Perimeter Institute
  • Eugenio BianchiPerimeter Institute
  • Valentin BonzomPerimeter Institute
  • Bianca DittrichPerimeter Institute
  • Astrid EichhornPerimeter Institute
  • Cecilia FloriPerimeter Institute
  • Laurent FreidelPerimeter Institute
  • Steffen GielenPerimeter Institute
  • Florian GirelliPerimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Philipp HoehnPerimeter Institute
  • Mercedes Martin-BenitoPerimeter Institute
  • Flavio MercatiPerimeter Institute
  • Lee SmolinPerimeter Institute

 

Guest Speakers: Ground transportation arrangements will be made on your behalf and instructions sent prior to your arrival. If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive atToronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).


Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $118.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $133.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.


Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. For Toronto Pearson airport we have obtained a reduced conference fare of $58.00 per person, one way, tax included. To receive the reduced fare you must book in advance and identify yourself as a LOOPS 13 delegate. To make reservations online: http://conferences.airwaystransit.com  Enter booking code LOOPS 13 (enter exactly as shown) By phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121  Please identify yourself as a LOOPS 13 delegate.


0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Fixed $190.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. Waterloo Taxi (estimated travel time 1hr)  Fixed $76.50 rate for one-way: Waterloo to Toronto International Airport. Call 519-886-1200.  Note: One or more passengers can split this $90.00 flat rate.


Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.  
  • Proceed West on Highway 401.  
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.  
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East. 
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.  
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.  
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.  
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).  
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

If you are planning on driving to PI, please arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for you to obtain a short-term parking pass from reception and to park your car in the appropriate lot. This short-term pass will allow you to park for the duration of the conference at the Bauer Parking lot on Father David Bauer Drive across the street from the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

 

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013
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In this talk, I will briefly review the main ingredients of the gravitational asymptotic safety program before focusing on the phenomenological consequences originating from the scale-dependent couplings characteristic for the theory. In particular, I will discuss recent unexpected developments in unveiling the structure of microscopic black holes within Asymptotic Safety: in the asymptotic UV the structure of the quantum solutions is universal and given by the classical Schwarzschild-de Sitter solution, entailing a self-similarity between the classical and quantum regime.

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Tuesday Jul 23, 2013
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I review recent developments on vacuum entanglement perturbations in perturbative quantum gravity and spinfoams, and discuss their relevance for understanding the nature of black hole entropy.

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