Joint Theory Seminar: David Mateos

Title: Holography in the Gravitational Wave Era

Abstract: The discovery of gravitational waves has opened a new experimental window into the Universe. The fact that the relevant physics is often out of equilibrium offers a golden opportunity for holography, a string theory-inspired tool, to make a unique impact on cosmology and astrophysics. I will review recent progress in this direction, with a focus on the gravitational wave production in cosmological phase transitions and in neutron star mergers. If time permits, I will also mention applications to cosmological singularities, baryogenesis, thermal inflation and primordial black holes. No prior knowledge of string theory or holography required.

Student session: Q&A after the talk