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Canceled: Biophysics Seminar: Roseanna Zia, Stanford University| How Colloidal Physics Instantiate Life in Biological Cells
Mon, Oct 31, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

We are interested in how physics at the colloidal scale instantiate life in biological cells. While principles from physics have driven recent paradigm shifts in how collective biomolecular behaviors orchestrate life, many mechanistic aspects of e.g. transcription, translation, and condensation remain mysterious because…


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PGI Fall Seminar Series|Maximiliano Isi|Flatiron Instititue|"Probing Strong Gravity with Black Hole Ringdowns"
Mon, Oct 31, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Gravitational waves provide a unique observational handle on the properties of strong, dynamical gravity. Black hole ringdowns, in particular, cleanly encode information about the structure of black holes, allowing us to test fundamental principles like the no-hair theorem and the area law. In this talk, I will review the status of this effort,…

HET Seminar | Bruno Balthazar, the University of Chicago | “On small black holes in string theory” | PCTS & Via Zoom
Fri, Oct 28, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

I will discuss the worldsheet sigma-model whose target space is the d+1 dimensional Euclidean Schwarzschild black hole. I will argue that in the limit where the Hawking temperature of the black hole, T, approaches the Hagedorn temperature, TH, it can be described in terms of a generalized version of the Horowitz-Polchinski effective theory. For…


Hamilton Colloquium Series, James Peebles, Princeton University, "Thoughts About Physical Cosmology: Past, Present, and Future," McDonnell A-02
Thu, Oct 27, 2022, 4:00 pm5:00 pm


HET Seminar | Chris Akers, MIT | “The black hole interior from non-isometric codes and complexity” | PCTS & Via Zoom
Mon, Oct 24, 2022, 2:30 pm2:30 pm

Quantum error correction has given us a natural language for the emergence of spacetime, but the black hole interior poses a challenge for this framework: at late times the apparent number of interior degrees of freedom in effective field theory can vastly exceed the true number of fundamental degrees of freedom, so there can be no isometric (i…


PGI Seminar Series Fall 2022|Sergiu Klainerman|Princeton University|“Kerr Stability for Small Angular Momentum”
Mon, Oct 24, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Are black holes stable? This question, which has played a central role in General Relativity ever since the discoveries of the Schwarzschild (1916) and Kerr (1963) solutions, can be formulated as a remarkably simple-to-state mathematical conjecture: 

"Vacuum, asymptotically flat, initial data sets, sufficiently close to Kerr(a,m)…

IAS HET Seminar | Jonah Kudler-Flam, Institute for Advanced Study| “Quantum Information before the Page Time” | Bloomberg Lecture Hall & Zoom
Fri, Oct 21, 2022, 1:45 am1:45 pm

Radiation emitted from evaporating black holes is highly mixed, at least for times prior to the so-called "Page time." Usually, the quantum state of the radiation is then treated as void of information. I will discuss two ways in which this early time radiation contains non-trivial quantum information. First, I will characterize (in simple…


Dark Cosmos Seminar: What can Optimal Transport do for you? A Case Study of Optimal Transport Applications in Collider Physics and Dark Matter Astrophysics
Tue, Oct 18, 2022, 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Distribution is a ubiquitous data type in high energy physics (HEP), many other sciences, and our daily life. When the space of distributions is equipped with a suitable metric, previously ad-hoc notions of similarity can now be formulated in a precise way, opening up many new applications with profound theoretical implications. Optimal…


IAS HET Seminar | Ashvin Vishwanath, Harvard University| “Spin-Liquids in Controllable Quantum Matter and non-Abelian Topological Orders from Measurement” | Bloomberg Lecture Hall & Zoom
Mon, Oct 17, 2022, 2:30 pm2:30 pm

In contrast to symmetry breaking phases of matter, unconventional phases like spin liquids feature long-range quantum entanglement and relate to the deconfined phases of gauge theories. However, the realization of these states  in materials has proved challenging.  New avenues to create and probe such phases have arisen with the rapid…


HET Seminar | Pranay Gorantla, Princeton University | “Exotic Field Theories with Dipole Symmetries” | PCTS & Zoom
Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

I will discuss some exotic QFTs with dipole symmetries which exhibit several peculiar features such as strange ground state degeneracy (GSD), defects with restricted mobility (a.k.a. fractons), and UV/IR mixing. I will focus on simple examples in 1+1d, including a compact version of the Lifshitz field theory. To…


IAS HET Seminar | Guy Gur-Ari, Google Research| “Solving Quantitative Reasoning Problems with Language Models"” | Bloomberg Lecture Hall & Zoom
Wed, Oct 12, 2022, 2:30 pm2:30 pm

Quantitative reasoning tasks which can involve mathematics, science, and programming are often challenging for machine learning models in general and for language models in particular. We show that transformer-based language models obtain significantly better performance on math and science questions when trained in an unsupervised way on a…


Mathematical Physics Seminar, Tues, Oct. 11, 4:30pm, Jadwin A06, Scott Sheffield, MIT,IAS, "Yang-Mills and Surface Sums in Two Dimensions"
Tue, Oct 11, 2022, 4:30 pm5:30 pm

Although lattice Yang-Mills theory is easy to rigorously define, the construction of a satisfactory continuum theory is a major open problem in dimension d ≥ 3. Such a theory should assign a Wilson loop expectation to each suitable collection L of loops in d-dimensional space. One classical approach is to try to represent this expectation as a…

HET Seminar | Emanuel Katz, Boston University | “Thermalization and Chaos in a 1+1d QFT” | PCTS Via Zoom
Tue, Oct 11, 2022, 2:00 pm2:00 pm

We study aspects of chaos and thermodynamics at strong coupling in a 1+1d QFT using numerical Hamiltonian truncation methods.  We find that our eigenstate spectrum satisfies Wigner-Dyson statistics and that the coefficients describing eigenstates in our basis satisfy Random Matrix statistics both at weak and strong…


Biophysics Seminar: Marc Gershow, NYU| Maggots! Making Memories and Reading Minds
Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

My lab studies the brains of larval fruit flies as models of neural computation. We are interested in the rules by which the larval brain transforms sensory input into motor output to navigate an uncertain environment, how the larva’s brain changes these rules as it learns new information, and how these rules and changes are encoded in the…


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PGI Fall Seminar Series|Arick Shao|Queen Mary University of London|"Bulk-boundary Correspondence for Vacuum Asymptotically Anti-de  Sitter Spacetimes"
Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

The AdS/CFT conjecture in physics posits the existence of a 
correspondence between gravitational theories in asymptotically Anti-de 
Sitter (aAdS) spacetimes and field theories on their conformal boundary. 
In this presentation, we prove a rigorous mathematical statement toward 
this conjecture…

Princeton Quantum Colloquium: Electronic Thermal Conductance in Low Dimensional Materials with Nonlocal Noise Thermometry
Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 12:00 pm2:00 pm

In low-dimensional systems, the combination of reduced dimensionality, strong interactions, and topology has led to a growing number of many-body quantum phenomena. Thermal transport, which is sensitive to all energy-carrying degrees of freedom, provides a discriminating probe of emergent excitations in quantum materials. However, thermal…


IAS HET Seminar |Jorrit Kruthoff, Institute for Advanced Study| “TBA” | Bloomberg Lecture Hall & Zoom
Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 1:45 pm1:45 pm

Abstract: "TBA"


Hamilton Colloquium Series, Harold Hwang, Stanford University, "Superconductivity in Infinite-Layer Nickelates", Jadwin A-10
Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Finding unconventional superconductors in proximity to various strongly correlated electronic phases has been a recurring theme in materials as diverse as heavy fermion compounds, cuprates, pnictides, and twisted bilayer graphene. The recent discovery of superconductivity in layered nickelates1 was motivated by looking for an analog of the…


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PGI Seminar Series Fall 2022|Gautam Satishchandran|Princeton University|"Black Holes Are Watching You"
Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm


We show that if a massive body is put in a quantum superposition of spatially separated states, the mere presence of a black hole in the vicinity of the body will eventually destroy the coherence of the superposition. This occurs because, in effect, the black hole acquires "which path" information…

Dark Cosmos Seminar: Probing Dark Matter with Galaxy-Galaxy Strong Lensing
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Galaxy-galaxy strong lensing involves a foreground galaxy producing multiple distorted and highly magnified images of a background galaxy. Smaller perturbers, which can be either subhalos orbiting the foreground galaxy or halos along the line-of-sight, cause slight deviations in these bright arcs. For this reason, strong gravitational lenses…