6-10 March 2017
Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University
Europe/Berlin timezone

Physical predictions through string compactification: challenges and hopes

6 Mar 2017, 09:30
1h 30m
02.430 (Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University)

02.430

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University

Staudingerweg 9 / 2nd floor, 55128 Mainz

Speaker

Anne Taormina (Durham)

Description

String theory remains to date our best framework to construct a quantum theory that unifies gravity and the other three fundamental forces of Nature. Although it has emerged as a fantastic arena in which mathematics and physics ideas constantly cross-fertilize, its credibility relies on the power of its testable predictions. In this talk, I will review progress made since the defining work of Candelas, Horowitz, Strominger and Witten in 1985 on Calabi-Yau string compactification, in the quest to predict the mass of quarks and leptons, which mathematically requires the explicit form of the Ricci flat metric on non-trivial Calabi-Yau manifolds.

Summary

String theory remains to date our best framework to construct a quantum
theory that unifies gravity and the other three fundamental forces of Nature.
Although it has emerged as a fantastic arena in which mathematics and physics
ideas constantly cross-fertilize, its credibility relies on the power of its testable
predictions.

In this talk, I will review progress made since the defining work of Candelas, Horowitz,
Strominger and Witten in 1985 on Calabi-Yau string compactification, in the quest to
predict the mass of quarks and leptons, which mathematically requires the explicit
form of the Ricci flat metric on non-trivial Calabi-Yau manifolds.

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