Dark energy and fundamental physics: the landscape, the swampland, and all that

While theoretical efforts continue to explore possible explanations for the late-time cosmic acceleration, as well as the problem of the cosmological constant, we expect future cosmological surveys to judge against or for many of the proposed theories. In this talk, I will first review the status of models of dark energy provided by fundamental physics (supergravity and string theory) by presenting, as an example, a recently discovered class of $\alpha$-attractor models of quintessential inflation which combine dark energy and inflation in a unified framework.

Teleparallel gravity (TEGR) as a gauge theory: Translation or Cartan connection?

We question the status of TEGR, the Teleparallel Equivalent of General Relativity,
as a gauge theory of translations. We observe that TEGR (in its usual translation-gauge view) does not seem to realize the generally admitted requirements for a gauge theory for some symmetry group G: namely it does not present
a mathematical structure underlying the theory which relates to a principal G-bundle and the choice of a connection on it (the gauge field). We point out that, while it is usually presented as absent, the gauging of the

Tensor models: from random geometry to holography

I will provide a general introduction to tensor models and their applications to quantum gravity. Initially developed in the context of random geometry, as a generalization of the matrix models approach to 2d quantum gravity, tensor models and their large N expansion have more recently been taken advantage of in the context of holography. In particular, the "near AdS_2 / near CFT_1 correspondence" establishes a connection between strongly-coupled and explicitly solvable large N quantum mechanics and Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity in d=2.


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