Quantum gravity and the bootstrap


  • Call:

    IDPASC Portugal - PHD Programme 2017

  • Academic Year:

    2017 / 2018

  • Domains:

    Theoretical Particle Physics | General Relativity

  • Supervisor:

    Miguel Costa

  • Co-Supervisor:

  • Institution:

    Universidade do Porto

  • Host Institution:

    Centro de Física do Porto

  • Abstract:

    The gauge/gravity duality is a major discovery in theoretical physics. In its simplest form it is an equivalence between quantum gravity in (d+1)-dimensional Anti-de Sitter (AdS) space and conformal field theory (CFT) in d-dimensions. The duality can therefore been seen as a holographic definition of quantum gravity, in such a way that gravity can be thought as an emergent concept. The difficulty in understanding quantum gravity is then translated to the problem of decoding the hologram. Recent advances in the bootstrap program of CFTs have created a rich playground to understanding how does quantum gravity emerge from the bootstrap The aim of this project is to study the relation between the physics of quantum gravity in AdS and CFTs. This project will be conducted in close collaboration with the team of the “Simons collaboration on the Non-perturbative Bootstrap”.