Monday, 16 JAN, VCQ Colloquium Talk by Abhay Ashtekar

We are glad to introduce

Abhay Ashtekar

The Pennsylvania State University

Monday, 16th January 2023 at 17:00

Lise-Meitner Lecture Hall, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna

On the Quantum Nature of the Coulombic Interaction

The interface between Quantum Information and Quantum Field Theory – especially Quantum Gravity – is emerging as a forefront area of fundamental physics. But there is some tension between the way the basic concept of ‘locality’ is commonly understood by the two communities. This tension descends to the issues of interpretation of precisely what would be tested by experiments that have been proposed to probe the quantum nature of gravity. Recall that Hilbert spaces H grav and H ph of gravitons and photons know only about the ‘radiative modes of the gravitational and electromagnetic fields. But matter sources also give rise to ‘Coulombic modes. Are the ‘Coulombic parts of the gravitational and electromagnetic fields produced by quantum matter also quantum mechanical, then? If so, in what sense? The ‘Coulombic modes are not even ‘registered in the Hilbert spaces H grav and H ph! Will the proposed experiments directly test the quantum nature of the ‘radiative aspects or ‘Coulombic aspects? The talk will examine such elementary issues by drawing on an exactly soluble, non-perturbative quantum gravity model that is especially well-suited for this purpose.

Host: Markus Aspelmeyer

For further information and the zoom link please visit:


17:00 – get-together with drinks & snacks

17:30 – VCQ Student Talk by Jakob Rieser “Controlling light-induced interaction between levitated nanoparticles”

17:45 – Colloquium talk by Abhay Ashtekar

Related Post

Scroll Up