Effective field theory framework in QG
Abstract: Gravity Induced Grand Unification
Motivated by the lack of evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model in the TeV region, we discussed an alternative path for grand unification. We show that simple grand unification models based on e.g. SU(5) can work successfully even without low scale supersymmetry. In particular quantum gravitational effects could easily modify the unification conditions for the gauge and Yukawa couplings. _____________________________ Testing the consistency of quantum gravity with lowenergy properties of the standard model Testing quantum gravity is possible by using, e.g. the available data on the properties of the standard model. I will discuss how a parameterisation of quantum gravity fluctuations in terms of metric fluctuations can be used to test the compatibility of quantum gravity with the observed lowenergy properties of the standard model, such as the existence of fermions with masses much below the Planck mass. ______________________________ The Asymptotic Safety program The effective average action approach to Quantum Einstein Gravity (QEG) is discussed as a natural framework for exploring the scale dependent Riemannian geometry and multifractal microstructure of the effective spacetimes predicted by QEG. Their fractal properties are related to the functional RG flow on theory space, and the special role of the running cosmological constant is emphasized. The prospects of an experimental verification will also be discussed. Date: 25/10/2012  3:00 pm
Collection: Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity 2012
