Without a doubt, the greatest successes in physics in the last century were the advent of general relativity and quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics describes the very small to tremendous accuracy, while general relativity describes the very massive. Unfortunately, general relativity and quantum mechanics are not compatible in their current forms. Since there are small, massive objects in the universe that we would like to study, this is a situation that needs to be rectified. A new, exciting candidate theory of quantum gravity is Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT), which has already been very successful in the short time since its inception. In this talk, I will introduce the formulation of CDT, describe (very) roughly how to carry out a calculation, and present the major early results in this burgeoning field.
Graduate Seminar Series
The seminar series consists of weekly talks designed and delivered by graduate students within the department. The goal of this project is to expose upper-level undergraduates to current physics research. The talks are aimed at the fourth-year level, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.