• Aug 30 2011

    WITS Theory Seminar Series

    The National Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Centre for Theoretical Physics, School of Physics, would like to invite to its coming talk in the theory seminar series, entitled:

    "Theory of Quantum Space-Time"

    to be presented by Prof. Lane Hughston (Imperial College)

    Abstract: A generalised equivalence principle is put forward according to which space-time symmetries and internal quantum symmetries are indistinguishable before symmetry breaking. Based on this principle, a higher-dimensional extension of Minkowski space is proposed and its properties examined. In this scheme the structure of space-time is intrinsically quantum mechanical. It is shown that the causal geometry of such a quantum space-time possesses a rich hierarchical structure.
    The natural extension of the Poincare group to quantum space-time is investigated. In particular, we prove that the symmetry group of a quantum space-time is generated in general by a system of irreducible Killing tensors. When the symmetries of a quantum space-time are spontaneously broken, then the points of the quantum space-time can be interpreted as space-time valued operators. The generic point of a quantum space-time in the broken symmetry phase thus becomes a Minkowski space-time valued operator. Classical space-time emerges as a map from quantum space-time to Minkowski space. It is shown that the general such map satisfying appropriate causality-preserving conditions ensuring linearity and Poincare invariance is necessarily a density matrix.

    Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2011
    Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre P216
    Time: 13.20 - 14.10

    Yours sincerely,

    Alan S. Cornell

    School of Physics
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa