Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 20 Feb 2020 14:30
Ends 20 Feb 2020 16:00
Central European Time
Leonardo Building - Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Abstract. Not every effective theory of fields and gravitational interactions at low energy can be embedded into a consistent theory of gravity at short distances. I will discuss how fundamental properties of scattering amplitudes, such as unitarity and causality of the underlying fundamental theory, can be used to spot inconsistent theories of gravity at low-energy, and hence throw them in the so-called EFT "swampland". I will focus on three main applications: the weak gravity conjecture for the physics of extremal black holes; and modified gravity theories such as Galileons and massive gravity, of interest for late-time cosmology.