- Broida 1640
Jorge Santos, Gravitational Theory, Stanford University
With the advent of gauge/gravity dualities, which relate the properties of a gravity theory in d dimensions with those of a d-1 dimensional strongly coupled quantum theory where gravity is absent, the understanding of novel gravitational phenomena in d > 4 and in asymptotically anti de-Sitter spacetimes became particularly relevant. Moreover, due to our poor understanding of generic strongly coupled field theories, gravity is often the only tool available. In many circumstances, these dualities map strongly coupled phenomena into classical problems, which in turn are governed by partial differential equations. In this colloquium I will show how novel computational techniques can be useful in trying to understand long standing problems, both in gravity and field theory.