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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Trials and Tribulations of Aether
Speaker(s): Niayesh Afshordi
Abstract: The tremendous empirical success of Einstein's relativity has pushed Aether into a chapter in the history books, for nearly a century. However, a phenomenologically consistent quantum mechanical treatment of gravity has motivated a revival of aether, by taming its UV-divergences, or the cosmological constant problem. Here I will outline the phenomenological implications of a physically motivated aether model. I will also discuss how aether could potentially evade traditional tests of Lorentz violation, through strong coupling. 
Date: 09/05/2012 - 11:20 am
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