8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
US/Eastern timezone

Fuzzy Twistors and Emergent Gravity

Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM
551 B (Rhode Island Convention Center)

551 B

Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Field and String Theory Field and String Theory


Dr Jonathan Heckman (Institute for Advanced Study)


We describe a novel regulator of four-dimensional N = 4 Super Yang-Mills theory on a four-sphere. The regulator involves a lift of the theory to a large N matrix model on a non-commutative twistor space. As opposed to other known regulators, this regulator naturally retains both gauge invariance, and the symmetries of the spacetime. We present evidence that in the large N limit, the twistor matrix model correctly reproduces gauge theory scattering amplitudes. We further show that the 1 / N corrections describe an emergent gravitational sector which correctly reproduces tree level scattering amplitudes for Einstein gravity.

Primary author

Dr Jonathan Heckman (Institute for Advanced Study)

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