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Conformal Symmetry in the Sky (Oskar Klein Memorial Lecture)
  AlbaNova and Nordita Colloquium

Thursday 20 November 2014
from 15:15 to 16:15
at Oskar Klein auditorium
Speaker : Andrew Strominger (Harvard University)
Abstract : Recent observations suggest the sky contains black holes whose horizons are spinning at nearly the speed of light. General relativity implies that the dynamics very near the horizon of such extreme black holes is governed by an enhanced infinite-dimensional conformal symmetry - identical to the enhanced symmetry observed near the critical points of a variety of condensed matter systems. Potential observational consequences of this symmetry are explored.

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