Department of Physics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

Matters of Gravity

Speaker : Professor T Padmanabhan


Abstract :

There is sufficient amount of internal evidence in the nature of gravitational theories to indicate that gravity is an emergent phenomenon like, e.g, elasticity or fluid mechanics. Such an emergent nature is most apparent in the structure of gravitational dynamics. It is, however, possible to go beyond the field equations and study the space itself as emergent in a well-defined manner in (and possibly only in) the context of cosmology. The first part of the talk will describe various pieces of evidence which show that gravitational field equations are emergent. The second part will outline a novel way of studying cosmology in which the expansion of the universe is interpreted as equivalent to the emergence of space itself. In such an approach, the dynamics evolves towards a state of holographic equipartition, characterized by the equality of number of bulk and surface degrees of freedom in a region bounded by the Hubble radius. This principle correctly reproduces the standard evolution of a Friedmann universe. Further, (a) it demands the existence of an early inflationary phase as well as late time acceleration for its successful implementation and (b) allows us to link the value of late time cosmological constant to the e-folding factor during inflation.

Key Speaker Professor T Padmanabhan
Guests None
Place HSB 310
Start Time 5:00 PM
Finish Time 6:00 PM
External Link None