London Gravity Meeting
2 pm, 28 Feb 2024
Researchers working on all aspects of gravity, from gravitational waves to black holes, discuss the latest developments in their field.
In recent years, advances in cosmology, quantum gravity, and gravitational wave detection have captured the public imagination. We have seen scientific and cinematic attempts to present black holes visually both in the images taken by the Event Horizon Telescope and in the special effects of the Hollywood film Interstellar. Meanwhile new and intriguing questions are being raised. Are we any closer to understanding the nature of dark matter, for example? Are the gravitational waves that have been detected by LIGO and Virgo correctly described by general relativity? How is information preserved in the evaporation of a black hole? Is there a holographic theory of gravity?
This event is the latest in the series of London Gravity Meetings, which were launched five years ago and take place once every academic term. Their goal is to contribute to Britain’s grand tradition of discovery in the field of gravitation, which stretches from Penrose to Newton, by bringing together researchers who are working on all aspects of gravitation, so they can discuss recent advances, exchange ideas and foster collaborations.
The event takes place on Wednesday 28 February at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which is on the second floor of the Royal Institution. Please come at 14:00 for a chat over coffee. We’ll then move to Tyndall’s Parlour for the talks, which will start at 14:30. There will be a coffee break between talks and drinks afterwards in the Old Post Room.
- 14:00 Arrival and coffee
- 14:30 Dr. Christoph Kehle: Retiring the third law of black hole thermodynamics
- 15:30 Coffee break
- 16:00 Dr Aron Kovacs: On the Cauchy problem in effective field theories of gravity
- 17:00 Drinks
Dr Christoph Kehle is a Junior Fellow at the Institut for Theoretical Studies at ETH Zürich. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on classical general relativity and, more generally, the analysis of partial differential equations from physics.
Dr Aron Daniel Kovacs is a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Mary University of London. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Harvey Reall. His research focuses on mathematical properties of effective field theories of gravity.