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.
The density matrix renormalization group works very well for one-dimensional (1D) lattice systems, and can naively be adapted for non-relativistic continuum systems in 1D by discretizing real space using a grid. I will discuss challenges inherent in this approach and successful applications. Recently, the success of the grid approach for 1D motivated us to extend the approach to 3D by treating the transverse directions with a basis set.
Since the Higgs, the LHC has offered no discoveries despite a sweeping hunt for new resonances.
We demonstrate that 1+1D conformal symmetry emerges in critical spin chains by constructing a lattice ansatz Hn for (certain combinations of) the Virasoro generators Ln. The generators Hn offer a new way of extracting conformal data from the low energy eigenstates of the lattice Hamiltonian on a finite circle. In particular, for each energy eigenstate, we can now identify which Virasoro tower it belongs to, as well as determine whether it is a Virasoro primary or a descendant (and similarly for global conformal towers and global conformal primaries/descendants).
We apply the recently suggested strategy to lift state spaces and operators for (2+1)-dimensional topological quantum field theories to state spaces and operators for a (3+1)-dimensional TQFT with defects. We start from the (2+1)-dimensional Turaev-Viro theory and obtain a state space, consistent with the state space expected from the Crane-Yetter model with line defects. This work has important applications for quantum gravity as well as the theory of topological phases in (3+1) dimensions.
Large parts of condensed matter theoretical physics and quantum chemistry have as a central goal discretizing and solving the continuum many-electron Schrodinger Equation. What do we want to get from these calculations? What are key problems of interest? What sort of approaches are used? I'll start with a broad overview of these questions using the renormalization group as a conceptual framework.
I present three possible non-standard additions to cosmology. First I show that a very long early period of inflation could exist in which parameters evolve, or 'relax', to seemingly fine-tuned values. Next, I show that even if cosmic inflation existed, a period after inflation with anisotropic stress can dramatically affect super-horizon modes and thus the imprint on the cosmic microwave background. Finally, I show that cosmological singularities can be avoided by a bounce without using exotic matter that violates the Null Energy Condition, but by the addition of v