Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, public outreach events such as talks from top scientists using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities.
Recordings of events in these areas are all available and On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
Accessibly by anyone with internet, Perimeter aims to share the power and wonder of science with this free library.
We review the status of asymptotically safe gravity-matter systems. The existence of a UV fixed point in such systems is guaranteed if the matter-self couplings are weak and if higher-derivative gravity terms are neglected. We show how this can manifest itself in a functional renormalisation group computation. Such gravity-matter systems contain various avatars of the dynamical Newton's coupling, e.g. gravitational self-couplings or matter-graviton couplings.
A field theory is fundamental if it features a UV fixed point (either trivial or interacting). Gravity may not change drastically the UV behavior if the Einstein gravitational interactions are softened above a critical sub-Planckian energy scale. A concrete implementation of this softened gravity can be obtained by adding terms quadratic in the curvature to the Einstein-Hilbert action. One way to implement this scenario consists in requiring that all matter couplings flow to zero at infinite energy (total asymptotic freedom).
I will discuss how studying the gravitational effects of UV physics on large (astrophysical) scales precludes new mass scales in BSM physics beyond 600 GeV.
We demonstrate that extremely long range correlations may develop in systems that start from equilibrium and are then rapidly cooled (or driven in other ways). Amongst other things, these correlations suggest a collapse of the viscosity data of glass formers. This collapse is found to be obeyed over 16 decades of relaxation times in experimental data on all known types of supercooled fluids.
I outline a configuration in which the Standard Model can be embedded into an asymptotically safe gauge-Yukawa theory. The model can be though of as a minimal UV completion of the SM without gravity. I also discuss the remaining issues that need to be addressed for the scheme to be phenomenologically viable, and outline the different energy scales and possible signatures.
I describe recent progress in classifying 5d N=1 field theories with interacting UV superconformal fixed points (i.e. 5d SCFTs). In the first part of the talk, I review a newly proposed catalog of candidate (simple) gauge theories which captures theories missed by prior field theoretic classification efforts. In the second part of the talk, I discuss a classification program for rank 1 and 2 5d SCFTs in terms of Calabi-Yau 3-folds, along with prospects for its extension to arbitrary rank.
We present fundamental limits of axion and hidden-photon dark matter searches probing the electromagnetic coupling. These limits are informed by constraints on noise in phase-insensitive amplifiers, as well as constraints on impedance matching. We motivate the use of quantum-limited amplifiers for dark matter searches, in particular at low masses/frequencies, where they provide a substantial enhancement due to sensitivity outside of the detector bandwidth. We discuss the role of priors, e.g.
I discuss the state of affairs for asymptotic safety in particle physics with and without supersymmetry.
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