|School of Mathematical Sciences Colloquium Series|
Professor Rajesh Gopakumar
Date & Time: Friday, March 9, 2012, 15:10
333 Law Lecture Theatre 2
(Note the unusual room, access to Ligertwood bldg from plaza on top of the Napier carpark)
Abstract: Space and time together constitute one of the
most basic elements of physical reality. Since Einstein spacetime has
become an active participant in the dynamics of the gravitational
force. However, our notion of a quantum spacetime is still rudimentary.
String theory, building upon hints provided from the physics of black
holes, seems to be suggesting a very novel, "holographic" picture of
what quantum spacetime might be. This relies on some very surprising
connections of gravity with quantum field theories (which provide the
framework for the description of the other fundamental interactions of
nature). In this talk, I will try and convey some of the flavour of
these connections as well as its significance.
The Colloquium will be followed by a reception for our speaker in the Staff Tea Room.
Lecture Series by Prof Gopakumar: Prof Gopakumar will give a lecture series as part of the
from March 5 to March 9, 2012. For details please visit the IGA
About the speaker:
Professor Rajesh Gopakumar obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University
in 1997 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor David Gross.
He was subsequently a research associate at Harvard University and he
joined the prestigious Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI) in
Allahabad, India as full-time researcher in 2001. He also held a
visiting membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
during the period 2001-2004. Professor Gopakumar was awarded the 2004
B. M. Birla Science Prize in Physics and the ICTP Prize in 2006. He
also received the highly esteemed Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in
2009. He is a member of the Global Young Academy, the Indian National
Science Academy, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. Professor
Gopakumar is renowned for his outstanding contributions to the field of
topological string theory, especially for his work with Cumrun Vafa on
Gopakumar-Vafa duality and Gopakumar-Vafa invariants.