Amplitudes, Positivity, Modified Gravity, and Weak Gravity Conjecture

I will discuss new positivity bounds for scattering amplitudes in theories with a massless graviton in the spectrum in four spacetime dimensions. The bounds imply that extremal black holes are self-repulsive, M/|Q|<1 in suitable units, and that they are unstable to decay to smaller extremal black holes, hence providing an S-matrix proof of the weak gravity conjecture. I will also present applications of these bounds to modified gravity theories, such as weakly broken galileons, showing that they have a very low cutoff, much smaller than their strong coupling scale. 


Mardi, 1 octobre, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

Salle / Local: 

646A - Mondrian

Nom/Prénom // Last name/First name: 

Brando Bellazini


IPhT, CEA, Saclay

Equipe organisatrice / Organizing team: 

  • Théorie