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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Resolution of Cosmic Singularities and Bounces
Speaker(s): Neil Turok
Abstract: The AdS/CFT correspondence provides new insights and tools to answer previously inaccessible questions in quantum gravity. Among the most interesting is whether it is possible to describe a cosmological "bounce" in a mathematically complete and consistent way. In the talk, I'll discuss joint work with M. Smolkin, developing the dual description of the simplest possible 4d M-theory cosmology in the stringy regime, employing the full quantum dynamics of its dual CFT. I'll also present evidence that the description extends to the Einstein-gravity regime.
Date: 09/07/2013 - 3:50 pm
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