Yang-Mills origin of gravitational symmetries

Particle Physics Theory seminar

Yang-Mills origin of gravitational symmetries

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 16th November 2016
  • Speaker: Alexandros Anastasiou (NORDITA)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

A recurring theme in the attempts of understanding the quantum theory of gravity is the idea of “gravity as the square of Yang-Mills”. This involves the tensoring of the multiplet content of two super-Yang-Mills theories to obtain the multiplet content of a supergravity theory. A complete understanding of this correspondence requires studying how the gravitational symmetries originate from the corresponding Yang-Mills factors. In this talk I will show how both the global and local symmetries of linear supergravity arise from the corresponding super-Yang-Mills ones through a dictionary between both fields and transformation parameters. Finally, I will comment on the attempts to extend the dictionary to non-linear orders.

The Particle Physics Theory seminar is a weekly series of talks reflecting the diverse interests of the group. Topics include analytic and numerical calculations based on the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, theories exploring new physics, as well as more formal developments in gauge theories and gravity..

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