Leigh Page Prize Lectures: Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study, “Wormholes and entanglement”

Event time: 
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study

Event description: 

Wormholes have prominently featured in many science fiction stories. We will see how very basic principles of relativistic physics forbid wormholes that lead to faster than light travel. In general relativity there are simple non-traversable wormholes. And we will show how to make them traversable, but respecting the faster than light travel ban.
We will discuss how all these wormholes are connected to entanglement and to quantum teleportation.
Juan Maldacena was born in Argentina in 1968 and he completed his undergraduate education there. He finished his PhD at Princeton in 1996, and has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, since 2001. His research interests include quantum field theory, quantum gravity and string theory.
The Leigh Page Prize Lecture series are given each year by a distinguished physicist in honor of Leigh Page who received his PhD in Physics from Yale in 1913. He was later acting Chair and Director of the Sloane Physics Laboratory. Professor Page devoted his time to teaching (mostly graduate classes), research, and writing several textbooks. Since 1967, several speakers in the Leigh Page Prize Lecture series have later received Nobel Prizes and other and notable awards. In connection with the lecture series, a prize is offered to first year graduate students in recognition of their fine academic record and for the promise of important contributions to the field of physics
This meeting will be held over Zoom. Please contact Teri Eskew (teri.eskew@yale.edu) for connection information.
Host: Karsten Heeger, Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics