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.
Causal set quantum gravity is based on the marriage between the concept of causality as an organising principle more basic even than space or time and fundamental atomicity. Causal sets suggest novel possibilities for "dynamical laws" in which spacetime grows by the accumulation of new spacetime atoms, potentially realising within physics C.D. Broad's concept of a growing block universe
The process of canonical quantization:is reexamined with the goal of
ensuring there is only one reality, where $\hbar>0$, in which classical
and quantum theories coexist. Two results are a clarification of the effect of
canonical coordinate transformations and the role of Cartesian coordinates.
Other results provide validation
One of the main challenges that we face both as individual persons and as a species concerns the distribution and use of resources, such as water, time, capital, computing power or negatively valued
resources like nuclear waste. Also within theoretical physics, one
frequently deals with resources like free energy or quantum entanglement. I will describe a mathematical theory of resources which makes quantitative predictions about how many resources are required for
producing a certain commodity and outline some applications to information theory.
Gravitational radiation promises to teach us many new
things about the universe and the world around us, but all attempts to observe
gravitational waves have so far been unsuccessful. I will discuss some of the challenges we need
to overcome in our quest to detect this elusive form of energy, and how
tackling these challenges is opening new windows on fundamental physics. I will show, specifically, how novel data
analysis strategies have been used to combat detector noise in searches for
The existence of three generations of neutrinos and their mass mixing is a deep mystery of our universe. Majorana's elegant work on the real solution of Dirac equation predicted the existence of Majorana particles in our nature, unfortunately, these Majorana particles have never been observed. In this talk, I will begin with a simple 1D condensed matter model which realizes a T^2=-1time reversal symmetry protected superconductors and then discuss the physical property of its boundary Majorana zero modes.
We discuss how bipartite graphs on Riemann surfaces encapture a wealth of information about the physics of large classes of supersymmetric gauge theories, especially those with quiver structure and arising from the AdS/CFT context. The correspondence between the gauge theory, the underlying algebraic geometry of it space of vacua, the combinatorics of dimers and toric varieties, as well as the number theory of dessin d'enfants becomes particular intricate under this light.
Screened Scalar-Tensor gravity such as chameleon and symmetron theories allow order one deviations from General Relativity on large scales whilst satisfying all local solar-system constraints. A lot of recent work has therefore focused on searching for observational signatures of these
show that particle detectors, such as 2-level atoms, in non-inertial motion (or
in gravitational fields) could be used to build quantum gates for the
processing of quantum information. Concretely, we show that through
suitably chosen non-inertial trajectories of the detectors the interaction
Hamiltonian's time dependence can be modulated to yield arbitrary rotations in the
Bloch sphere due to relativistic quantum effects.
Rev. Lett. 110, 160501 (2013)
In two or more spatial dimensions, leading-order contributions to the scaling of entanglement entropy typically follow the "area" or boundary law. Although this leading-order scaling is non-universal, at a quantum critical point (QCP), the sub-leading behavior does contain universal physics. Different universal functions can be access through entangling regions of different geometries. For example, for polygonal shaped regions, quantum field theories have demonstrated that the subleading scaling is logarithmic, with a universal coefficient dependent on the number of vertices in th