London Gravity Meeting
2 pm, 16 Nov 2023
Researchers working on all aspects of gravity, from gravitational waves to black holes, discuss recent developments in the 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 Thursday 16 November 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 Prof. Ruth Gregory: Thermodynamics of acceleration
- 15:30 Coffee break
- 16:00 Dr Stephen Green: Orthogonality of Kerr quasinormal modes
- 17:00 Drinks
Prof. Ruth Gregory is Head of Physics and Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics at Kings College London. She did her PhD at Cambridge in Stephen Hawking’s Relativity research group. Her research centres on the interface between fundamental high energy physics and cosmology.
Dr Stephen Green is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the School of Mathematical Sciences. He did his PhD at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on gravitational waves, black hole perturbation theory and machine-learning methods for data analysis.