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2013 Zakopane slides (Bianchi, Ashtekar)

  1. Jul 15, 2013 #1


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    We've seen a series of QG-related one-or-two-week schools, over the years. This year a Zakopane school was held 28 June thru 7 July in the lead-up to the Warsaw GR20 conference.
    Abhay Ashtekar and Eugenio Bianchi each gave a series of lectures. Zakopane lectures are primarily aimed at graduate students interested in starting research in any of the areas covered by that year's school.

    The slides PDF for several of the talks are available online.

    Lectures by Ashtekar:
    A mini-course on: Quantum Gravity & the Very Early Universe
    (Understanding emerged from the work of many researchers, especially:
    Agullo, Barrau, Bojowald, Campiglia, Cailleatau, Corichi, Grain, Kaminski, Lewandowski, Mielczarek, Mena, Nelson, Olmedo, Pawlowski, Singh, Sloan, Thiemann, Velhinho, Wilson-Ewing ...)
    Lecture 1
    The Big Bang Singularity & Loop Quantum Cosmology
    1. Introduction: Singularity Resolution?
    2. Loop Quantum Cosmology: Basic Results 3. Novel features at the Foundation
    Lecture 2
    Cosmological Perturbations
    1. Classical Perturbation Theory
    2. Quantum Fields on classical FLRW Space-times
    3. Quantum fields on Quantum FLRW geometries
    Lecture 3
    An Extension of the Inflationary Scenario to the Planck Regime
    1. Success and Limitations of Inflation
    2. The LQC Strategy
    3. Results: Pre-inflationary dynamics and its implications.

    Lectures by Bianchi:
    Spinfoam gravity: progress and perspectives
    Lecture 1:
    Path integral and the Spinfoam amplitude
    Lecture 2:
    Quantum geometry in Spinfoams
    Lecture 3:
    - gravitons
    - quantum cosmology
    - black hole entropy
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
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  3. Jul 16, 2013 #2
    I was there :-) Ashtekar actually didn't manage to come due to storm in the US and cancellation of flight :-( he did make it to GR20 though.
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