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.
Topological phases of matter serve as one of the most striking examples of the richness and novelty of quantum systems with many degrees of freedom. In contrast to conventional matter, they are characterized by both non-local properties and non-classical notions such as entanglement. I will discuss two broad categories of topological phases, distinguished by whether or not they possess fractionalized “anyon” excitations that are neither bosons nor fermions. I will demonstrate that entanglement not only provides an understanding of such phases but also enables the tr
This talk concerns a family of special functions common to the study of quantum conformal blocks and hypergeometric solutions to q-KZB type equations. In the first half, I will explain two methods for their construction -- as traces of intertwining operators between representations of quantum affine algebras and as certain theta hypergeometric integrals we term Felder-Varchenko functions. I will then explain our proof by bosonization the first case of Etingof-Varchenko's conjecture that these constructions are related by a simple renormalization.
I will propose a new class of tensor network state as a model for the AdS/CFT correspondence and holography. This class shall be demonstrated to retain key features of the multi-scale entanglement renormalization ansatz (MERA), in that they describe quantum states with algebraic correlation functions, have free variational parameters, and are efficiently contractible.
We will describe how the reconstruction of a bulk operator can be organised systematically. With a suitable parametrisation, an analogue of the HKLL formula emerges, involving a smearing function satisfying a Klein Gordon equation in the graph. The parametrisation also allows us to read off interaction vertices, and build up loop diagrams systematically. When we interpret the Bruhat-Tits tree as a tensor network, we recover (partially) features of the p-adic AdS/CFT dictionary discussed recently in the literature.
In this talk I discuss the problem of introducing dynamics for holographic codes. To do this it is necessary to take a continuum limit of the holographic code. As I argue, a convenient kinematical continuum limit space is given by Jones’ semicontinuous limit. Dynamics are then furnished by a unitary representation of a discrete analogue of the conformal group known as Thompson’s group T. I will describe these representations in detail in the simplest case of a discrete AdS geometry modelled by trees.
Tensor network is a constructive description of many-body quantum entangled states starting from few-body building blocks. Random tensor networks provide useful models that naturally incorporate various important features of holographic duality, such as the Ryu-Takayanagi formula for entropy-area relation, and operator correspondence between bulk and boundary. In this talk I will overview the setup and key properties of random tensor networks, and then discuss how to describe quantum superposition of geometries in this formalism.
What is the essence of quantum theory? In the present talk I want to approach this question from a particular operationalist perspective. I take advantage of a recent convergence between operational approaches to quantum theory and axiomatic approaches to quantum field theory. Removing anything special to particular physical models, including underlying notions of space and (crucially) time, what remains is what I shall call "abstract quantum theory".