Theory seminar: Edgar Shaghoulian, Cornell

Date: 
Mon, 04/23/2018 - 2:10pm
Location: 
Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th Floor

"Higher form symmetries and the emergence of gravity"

Edgar Shaghoulian

Cornell Uinversity

I will discuss how endowing a field theory with a particular pattern of higher-form symmetry breaking captures many features of an emergent, local gravitational description. This will also provide a new viewpoint on why holographic field theories are formulated as gauge theories and why nonlocal objects like strings and membranes need to exist in the bulk for there to be a local gravitational limit.