Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events 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 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.
We study a general class of D-dimensional spacetimes that admit a non-twisting and shear-free null vector field. This includes the famous non-expanding Kundt family and the expanding Robinson-Trautman family of spacetimes. In particular, we show that the algebraic structure of the Weyl tensor is I(b) or more special, and derive surprisingly simple conditions under which the optically privileged null direction is a multiple WAND. All possible algebraically special types, including the refinement to subtypes, are thus identified.
I will give an overview of the algebro-geometric approach to Feynman integral in perturbative quantum field theory and the occurrence of motives and periods in parametric Feynman integrals in momentum space, focusing on joint work with Paolo Aluffi.
The first lecture will be devoted to the review of the classical theory of the Witten Laplacian, the second -- to the concepts of resurgent analysis. The third -- to applications of the resurgent analysis to the Witten Laplacian. Time permitting, we will touch upon some foundational questions of resurgent analysis.
These lectures will focus on the geometry of ambitwistor string theories. These are infinite tension analogues of conventional strings and provide the theory that leads to the remarkable formulae for tree amplitudes that have been developed by Cachazo, He and Yuan based on the scattering equations. Although the bosonic ambitwistor string action is expressed in space-time, it will be seen that its target is classically `ambitwistor space', the space of complexified null geodesics in the complexification of a space-time.
In this talk, I will explore a timeless interpretation of quantum mechanics of closed systems, solely in terms of path integrals in non-relativistic timeless configuration space. What prompts a fresh look at the foundational problems in this context, is the advent of multiple gravitational models in which Lorentz symmetry is only emergent. In this setting, I propose a new understanding of records as certain relations between two configurations, the recorded one and the record-holding one.