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Title: Flux Compactifications Grow Lumps
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 4N9

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Place: DRL 2N36

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Place: DRL 2N36

Title: Conformal Fermi coordinates and the local universe formalism
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 2N36

Title: A Heterotic Standard Model with B-L Symmetry and a Stable Proton
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 2N36

Title: Asymptotic symmetries from soft theorems
Time: 2 pm
Place: DRL 2N36

Title: Soft-pion theorems for large-scale structure
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 2N36
 
Abstract:
Consistency relations, which relate the squeezed limit of an N+1-point function to an N-point function, are extremely useful nonperturbative statements in cosmology and remain valid when the N-point function is deep in the nonlinear regime.  In this talk I will discuss the derivation of these relations in conformal Newtonian gauge, with velocity potential playing the role of the soft pion; their robustness under astrophysical complications; and the connection to previously derived relations in zeta (unitary) gauge.  As a byproduct of this investigation, I also discuss a simple fluid Lagrangian for large scale structure.

Title: Dark Energy phenomenology: the effective field theory approach
Time 2pm
Place: DRL 2N36
 
Abstract:
I will present recent and ongoing works that aim at a unifying description of dark energy and modified gravity models containing a scalar degree of freedom in addition to general relativity. Such an effective field theory approach allows, on the one hand, a transparent analysis of the possible theoretical mechanisms at the basis of cosmic acceleration; moreover, it provides a useful set of parameters that can be efficiently constrained with observations. I will show the present observational constraints based on the growth rate of cosmic structures and the forecasts for future surveys such as EUCLID.

Title: Building a social network of elliptic fibrations for F-Theory
Time: 2pm
Place DRL 2N36
 
Abstract:
We discuss the gauge groups and matter content for genus one fibrations with their fiber a hypersurface in one of the 16 2D reflexive polytopes, where some of these were already discussed in the literature. The polyhedrons are connected by geometric transitions on the geometry side which translates into a toric Higgs branch on the field theory side. This network structure is symmetric and reflects the mirror symmetry of the polytopes. This allows the identification of discrete symmetries.

Title: Healthy theories beyond Horndeski
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 2N36

Title: Search for CP Violation in the Gamma Ray Sky
Time: 2pm
Place: 4N9
 
Abstract: Motivated by the possible existence of a cosmological magnetic field with non-trivial
helicity, we evaluate a CP odd statistic, $Q$, using gamma ray data obtained from
Fermi satellite observations at high galactic latitudes. Observed values of $Q$ arefound to be non-zero at the $2\sigma$ level ($3\sigma$ in the northern hemisphere)and also deviate at the same level from values obtained from simulated data. Contaminationfrom the Milky Way does not seem to be responsible for the excess since the signal ispresent even for data at very high galactic latitudes. Assuming that the excess is indeeddue to a helical cosmological magnetic field, our results indicate left-handed magnetic helicityand field strength $\sim 10^{-14}~{\rm G}$ on $\sim 10~{\rm Mpc}$ scales.

Title: Origin of probabilities and their application to the multiverse: Toward a resolution of cosmological measure problems
Time: 11am
Place: DRL 4N12
 
Abstract:
Increasing observational support for cosmic inflation motivates further scrutiny of the challenging open questions related to multiverse theories such as eternal inflation.  Page and others have argued that such theories only make sense if classical probabilities are introduced separately from the quantum ones. I argue using simple models that all successful practical uses of probabilities originate in quantum fluctuations in the microscopic physical world around us, often propagated to macroscopic scales. Thus I claim there is no physically verified fully classical theory of probability. I comment on the general implications of this view, and specifically question the application of classical probability theory to cosmology in cases where key questions are known to have no quantum answer. I argue that the ideas developed here may offer a way out of the notorious measure problems of eternal inflation.

Title: Are Two Metrics Better than One?: The Cosmology of Massive Bigravity
Time: 2 pm
Place: DRL 4N9

Title: Scale Invariance, Radiative Symmetry Breaking and Dark Matter
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 4N12
 
Abstact:
The discovery of the Higgs and the absence of any New Physics at the LHC
shifts the landscape of BSM model building. Is a natural theory just
pushed to higher scales or were we not careful enough, when interpreting
the argument of Naturalness?
In this talk I want to consider both possibilities. In case of a
high-scale UV completion of the SM, a heavy WIMP could be the first
thing we see. I will discuss new effective theories for such a scenario.

Theories which radiatively induce the Higgs mass parameter by a
Coleman-Weinberg mechanism in a Dark Sector allow to generate all mass
scales in the SM by quantum effects. In the absence of high scale new
physics these models could c

Title: Thermodynamics of gauged dyonic and Proca black holes
Time: 2pm
Place: DRL 4N12

Title: The Null Energy Condition from String Theory
Time: 2 pm
Place: DRL 2N36

Modeling quantum gravity effects in inflation
In this talk I will discuss the quantum structure of slow-roll inflation. Various examples in 3+1 and 1+1 dimensions show that the standard arguments leading to slow-roll eternal inflation (SREI) are not invariant under field redefinitions. A particular case in 1+1d, which by standard arguments should exhibit SREI, is related by a field redefinition to pure Liouville gravity coupled to a free scalar matter field. Aspects of the non-perturbative quantization of Liouville theory will be discussed, and quantum fluctuations of the scale factor will be seen to prevent SREI in this model.

Time: 2 p.m.
Place: 4N12