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Quantum mechanics and the geometry of spacetime

August 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Juan Maldacena
IAS Princeton

Quantum mechanics is important for determining the geometry of spacetime.

We will review the role of quantum fluctuations that determine the large scale structure of the universe.

In some model universes we can give an alternative description of the physics in terms of a theory

of particles that lives on its boundary.

This implies that the geometry is an emergent property. Furthermore, entanglement plays a crucial role

in the emergence of geometry. Large amounts of entanglement are conjectured to give rise to

geometric connections, or wormholes, between distant and non-interacting systems.

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