Quantum Damour Equation (23rit020)


Luca Ciambelli (Perimeter Institute)

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Quantum Damour Equation" workshop in Banff from November 19 to 26, 2023.

Obtaining an understanding of quantum gravity is a central goal in theoretical physics. While both general relativity and quantum mechanics are used extensively in our modern world, in situations where they have overlapping relevance they seem to often give rise to contradictory and puzzling results. This happens for example in black holes, very massive yet very small objects, where the gravitational force is strong at short distances. A basic feature of any physical theory is its symmetry and conservation laws. In theories like gravity, the conservation laws are dynamical equations involving the geometric data. Recent progress in understanding the relevance of these geometric structures could help us in unveiling a bottom-up approach to quantum gravity. While various top down approaches have been proposed, it is desirable to have a common point where to glue these ideas with classical gravity, and this is exactly what our proposal plans to investigate. This research meeting aims to deepen the new understanding of quantum gravity on null hypersurfaces such as black hole horizons.