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String Theory and Cosmology (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Cosmic Origin and Cosmic Fate - From Big Bang to Dark Energy


May 27-28, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Travis Maxfield

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on String Theory and Cosmology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the synergistic interface between cosmology and string theory. With the increasing precision of cosmological measurements and the advancing understanding of cosmological vacua string theory, there is an ever-widening set of profound physical questions whose answers may eventually be provided by string theory.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "String Theory and Cosmology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmLensing and the Hubble Constant
Discussion Leader: Marjorie Schillo (KU Leuven, Belgium)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMarco Bonici (University of Genova, Italy)
"Determination of the Hubble Constant Through Time Delay in Gravitational Lensed Systems"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmReal and Imaginary Spheres, with and Without Axions
Discussion Leader: Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmSergio Camilo Vargas Avila (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"dS in the Landscape"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmYannick Vreys (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"On the Many Uses of Squashed Spheres"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAitor Landete (Instituto de Fisica Teorica (IFT), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid / CSIC, Spain)
"Flux Flattening in Axion Monodromy Inflation"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmFrancesco Muia (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter from Axion Inflation"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBlack Holes, Inflation
Discussion Leader: Travis Maxfield (University of Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amFrancesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
"Quantum Gravity Phenomenology with Primordial Black Holes"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:10 amJohan Blaback (Institut de Physique Theorique, CEA Saclay, France)
"dS No-Go and Minkowski Solutions"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amMarjorie Schillo (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"Large Field Inflation from Brane-Flux Annihilation"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmConstrained Superfields
Discussion Leader: Bivudutta Mishra (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmLars Aalsma (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Stringy Corrections to Constrained Superfields"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmEvan McDonough (McGill University, Canada)
"Fermions on the Anti-Brane and Inflation from Nilpotent Kähler Corrections"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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