Trials and Tribulations of Aether


Afshordi, N. (2012). Trials and Tribulations of Aether. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/12050066


Afshordi, Niayesh. Trials and Tribulations of Aether. Perimeter Institute, May. 09, 2012, https://pirsa.org/12050066


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:12050066,
            doi = {10.48660/12050066},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/12050066},
            author = {Afshordi, Niayesh},
            keywords = {},
            language = {en},
            title = {Trials and Tribulations of Aether},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2012},
            month = {may},
            note = {PIRSA:12050066 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Niayesh Afshordi University of Waterloo


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.