Cosmologists at Perimeter Institute seek to help pin down the constituents and history of our universe, and the rules governing its origin and evolution. Many of the most interesting clues about physics beyond the standard model (e.g., dark matter, dark energy, the matter/antimatter asymmetry, and the spectrum of primordial density perturbations], come from cosmological observations, and cosmological observations are often the best way to test or constrain a proposed modification of the laws of nature, since such observations can probe length scales, time scales, and energy scales that are beyond the reach of terrestrial laboratories.
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Collection Number C23033

Quantum Simulators of Fundamental Physics
23 talksCollection Number C23019Talk


Simulating onedimensional quantum chromodynamics on a quantum computer: Realtime evolutions of tetra and pentaquarks
Christine Muschik Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)


Five short talks  see description for talk titles

Barbara Soda Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Dalila Pirvu Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
 Leonardo Solidoro, Pietro Smaniotto, Kate Brown


First observations of false vacuum decay in a BEC
Ian Moss Newcastle University

Building Quantum Simulators for QuFTs
Jorg Schmiedmayer Technical University of Vienna


Language models for simulating the dynamics of quantum systems
Juan Carrasquilla Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence


Quantum Spacetime in the Cosmos: From Conception to Reality
32 talksCollection Number C23035Talk

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Niayesh Afshordi University of Waterloo & Perimeter Institute

Quantum Gravity and its connection to observations
Astrid Eichhorn University of Southern Denmark


The Spacetime of Acceleration
Ruth Gregory King's College London

What is the simplicity of the early universe trying to tell us?
Latham Boyle University of Edinburgh

Are we considering enough? Inclusivity in Quantum Gravity and Cosmology
Jarita Holbrook University of Edinburgh


Emergent Metric SpaceTime from the BFSS Matrix Model
Robert Brandenberger McGill University  Department of Physics


Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime
7 talksCollection Number C23031Talk

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (AM)  20230303
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (PM)  20230303
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (PM)  20230310
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (PM)  20230317
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (PM)  20230324
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (PM)  20230331
Sergey Sibiryakov McMaster University



Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation
4 talksCollection Number C23029Talk

Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation  Lecture 20230221
Ted Jacobson University of Maryland, College Park

Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation  Lecture 20230223
Ted Jacobson University of Maryland, College Park

Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation  Lecture 20230228
Ted Jacobson University of Maryland, College Park

Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation  Lecture 20230302
Ted Jacobson University of Maryland, College Park


Quantum Field Theory for Cosmology
Collection Number C22001 
Quantum Gravity 2020
22 talksCollection Number C20031Talk

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bianca Dittrich Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Approaches to Quantum Gravity: Key Achievements and Open Issues
Hermann Nicolai MaxPlanckInstitut für Gravitationsphysik

Quantum gravity from the loop perspective
Alejandro Perez Centre de Physique Théorique

Lessons for quantum gravity from quantum information theory
Daniel Harlow Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Understanding of QG from string theory
Herman Verlinde Princeton University

Progress in horizon thermodynamics
Aron Wall University of Cambridge

Asymptotically Safe Amplitudes from the Quantum Effective Action
Frank Saueressig Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

The Remarkable Roundness of the Quantum Universe
Renate Loll Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen


PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 2
2 talksCollection Number C20015Talk

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 2  Lecture 1
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 2  Lecture 2
Matthew Johnson York University


Centre for the Universe  Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Day
Collection Number C20017 
PSI 2019/2020  Machine Learning for ManyBody Physics
2 talksCollection Number C20012Talk

PSI 2019/2020  Machine Learning for ManyBody Physics  Lecture 1
Mohamed Hibat Allah Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

PSI 2019/2020  Machine Learning for ManyBody Physics  Lecture 2
Mohamed Hibat Allah Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology (Part 1)
8 talksCollection Number C20009Talk

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 1
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 2
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 3
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 4
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 5
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 6
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 7
Matthew Johnson York University

PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 1  Lecture 8
Matthew Johnson York University


Emmy Noether Workshop: The Structure of Quantum Space Time
25 talksCollection Number C19047Talk

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bianca Dittrich Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Quantum Spacetime from Lattice Gravity à la CDT
Renate Loll Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

How complement maps can cure divergences
Sylvie Paycha Universität Potsdam

The gravitational Wilson loop and the nonAbelian Stokes' theorem
Reiko Toriumi Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

The dynamics of difference
Lee Smolin Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


Probing fundamental physics with gravitational waves
Cecilia Chirenti Universidade Federal do ABC

Implications of the Quantum Nature Spacetime for the Big Bang and Black Holes
Abhay Ashtekar Pennsylvania State University


Puzzles in the Quantum Gravity Landscape: viewpoints from different approaches
Collection Number C23033Unraveling the quantum nature of gravity is one of the most pressing problems of theoretical physics. Several ideas have been put forward and resulted in a number of theories of quantum gravity. While these theories have explored different facets of the “quantum gravity landscape”, all viable approaches should ultimately make contact with observations, and answer exciting questions in cosmology and blackhole physics.
Sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, and building a dictionary between different theories are crucial steps toward answering these questions, efficiently contrasting different theories, and ultimately reaching a deeper understanding of our Universe.
This conference will contribute to these goals by bringing together leading experts in different approaches to quantum gravity, gravitational effective field theory, blackhole physics, and cosmology. We will focus on specific puzzles in quantum gravity and their resolutions within different approaches. The conference will be highly interactive, with plenty of time to discuss common problems, understand the big picture, and develop novel connections between fields.Registration: Registration is now open, and both inperson and virtual participation is welcome. Online participants will be able to interact on an equal footing in question sessions and discussions. Inperson attendance is limited and will be approved on a firstcome, firstserved basis. Talks are by invitation only, but inperson participants are encouraged to apply to present a poster.
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Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:
 Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State University)
 Robert Brandenberger (McGill University)
 Luca Buoninfante (Nordita)
 Xavier Calmet (University of Sussex)
 Francesco di Filippo (Kyoto University)
 Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
 John Donoghue (University of Massachusetts)
 Astrid Eichhorn (CP3origins)
 Johanna Erdmenger (Würzburg University)
 Ghazal Geshnizjani (Perimeter Institute)
 Ruth Gregory (King's College)
 Lavinia Heisenberg (Heidelberg University)
 Bob Holdom (University of Toronto)
 Benjamin Knorr (Nordita)
 Renate Loll (Radboud University Nijmegen)
 Miguel Montero (IFT Madrid)
 Rob Myers (Perimeter Institute)
 Sabrina Pasterski (Perimeter Institute)
 Fernando Quevedo (Cambridge University)
 Lisa Randall (Harvard University)
 Kasia Rejzner (York University)
 Mairi Sakellariadou (King's College)
 Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute)
 Kellogg Stelle (Imperial College)
 Sumati Surya (Raman Research Institute)
 Andrew Tolley (Imperial College)
 Neil Turok (University of Edinburgh)
 Pedro Vieira (Perimeter Institute)
 Yasaman Yazdi (Imperial College)
Territorial Land Acknowledgement
Perimeter Institute acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples.
Perimeter Institute is located on the Haldimand Tract. After the American Revolution, the tract was granted by the British to the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as compensation for their role in the war and for the loss of their traditional lands in upstate New York. Of the 950,000 acres granted to the Haudenosaunee, less than 5 percent remains Six Nations land. Only 6,100 acres remain Mississaugas of the Credit land.
We thank the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples for hosting us on their land.

Quantum Simulators of Fundamental Physics
23 talksCollection Number C23019This meeting will bring together researchers from the quantum technology, atomic physics, and fundamental physics communities to discuss how quantum simulation can be used to gain new insight into the physics of black holes and the early Universe. The core program of the workshop is intended to deepen collaboration between the UKbased Quantum Simulators for Fundamental Physics (QSimFP; https://www.qsimfp.org) consortium and researchers at Perimeter Institute and neighbouring institutions. The weeklong conference will consist of broadlyaccessible talks on work within the consortium and work within the broader community of researchers interested in quantum simulation, as well as a poster session and ample time for discussion and collaboration
Territorial Land AcknowledgementPerimeter Institute acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples.
Perimeter Institute is located on the Haldimand Tract. After the American Revolution, the tract was granted by the British to the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as compensation for their role in the war and for the loss of their traditional lands in upstate New York. Of the 950,000 acres granted to the Haudenosaunee, less than 5 percent remains Six Nations land. Only 6,100 acres remain Mississaugas of the Credit land.
We thank the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples for hosting us on their land.

Quantum Spacetime in the Cosmos: From Conception to Reality
32 talksCollection Number C23035On Demand Recording: https://pirsa.org/C23035
The nature of space and time is one of the most foundational mysteries in both Physics and Philosophy. At the heart of this mystery are the two most successful theories of nature: Einstein's theory of relativity, an elegant and precise description of the geometry of our universe on large scales, and Quantum Mechanics, outlining accurate laws of interaction in the subatomic world. But these two great triumphs of 20th century physics remain inherently inconsistent, contradictory in their most basic principles, such as locality and causality. Nonetheless, the experimental domains or natural phenomena where these contradictions become manifest have remained elusive, and it is not clear that a century of theoretical investigation into quantum gravity is anywhere close to being verified in nature.
Arguably, this disconnect is our greatest and most foundational challenge in the history of Physics; despite groundbreaking progress in both theory and observations of quantum spacetimes, these two endeavours are moving farther apart. Successfully responding to this centuryold challenge could require rethinking the epistemology of fundamental physics. While physicists are trained to push the frontiers of knowledge, developing a grand vision of the arch of history, and where we are (or should be) heading is a more interdisciplinary endeavor, requiring insights from theory and observations, but also philosophy and history.
We plan a focused, interactive, and highly interdisciplinary workshop, involving the world’s best theorists, observers, experimentalists, and philosophers, within a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment, in order to kick start a long term initiative that might be our best bet to make significant progress towards uncovering the quantum nature of spacetime.Sponsorship provided by:
Territorial Land AcknowledgemenPerimeter Institute acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples.
Perimeter Institute is located on the Haldimand Tract. After the American Revolution, the tract was granted by the British to the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as compensation for their role in the war and for the loss of their traditional lands in upstate New York. Of the 950,000 acres granted to the Haudenosaunee, less than 5 percent remains Six Nations land. Only 6,100 acres remain Mississaugas of the Credit land.
We thank the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples for hosting us on their land.

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime
7 talksCollection Number C23031The course is an introduction to quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Upon building up the general formalism, the latter is applied to several topics in the modern theory of gravity and cosmology where the quantum properties of fundamental fields play an essential role.
Topics to be covered:
1) Radiation of particles by moving mirrors
2) Hawking radiation of black holes
3) Production of primordial density perturbations and gravity waves during inflation
4) Statistical properties of the primordial spectra
Required prior knowledge:
Foundations of quantum mechanics and general relativity 
Horizon entropy and the Einstein equation
4 talksCollection Number C23029This minicourse of four lectures is an introduction, review, and critique of two approaches to deriving the Einstein equation from hypotheses about horizon entropy.
It will be based on two papers:
 "Thermodynamics of Spacetime: The Einstein Equation of State" arxiv.org/abs/grqc/9504004
 "Entanglement Equilibrium and the Einstein Equation" arxiv.org/abs/1505.04753
We may also discuss ideas in "Gravitation and vacuum entanglement entropy" arxiv.org/abs/1204.6349
Zoom Link: https://pitp.zoom.us/j/96212372067?pwd=dWVaUFFFc3c5NTlVTDFHOGhCV2pXdz09


Quantum Gravity 2020
22 talksCollection Number C20031 
PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 2
2 talksCollection Number C20015PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology Part 2 
Centre for the Universe  Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Day
Collection Number C20017The Centre for the Universe and the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics are exciting new centres for cosmology, with excellent complementarity. CFU focuses mainly on theory, WCA mainly on observation but we both recognise that the most important advances happen when observation and theory successfully connect. In order to promote this connection, CFU and WCA are collaborating on a number of initiatives including regular CFUWCA days.

PSI 2019/2020  Machine Learning for ManyBody Physics
2 talksCollection Number C20012PSI 2019/2020  Machine Learning for ManyBody Physics 
PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology (Part 1)
8 talksCollection Number C20009PSI 2019/2020  Cosmology (Part 1) 
Emmy Noether Workshop: The Structure of Quantum Space Time
25 talksCollection Number C19047Understanding the smallscale structure of spacetime is one of the biggest challenges faced by modern theoretical physics. There are many different attempts to solve this problem and they reflect the diversity of approaches to quantum gravity. This workshop will bring together researchers from a wide range of quantum gravity approaches and give them an opportunity to exchange ideas and gain new insights.