13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Born-Infeldizing gravity

14 Dec 2015, 15:24
21m
Level -1, Room 16 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level -1, Room 16

International Conference Centre Geneva

17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva

Speaker

Lavinia Heisenberg (ETHZ - ETH Zurich)

Description

In order to regularize the energy of point-like charged particles, Born and Infeld introduced a modification of the Maxwell lagrangian that naturally imposes an upper bound on electromagnetic fields. This approach was later taken by Deser and Gibbons to propose an analogous modification for gravity. I will review these ideas and discuss a scenario where inflation could be supported by a set of massive particles within the context of these theories.

Primary author

Lavinia Heisenberg (ETHZ - ETH Zurich)

Presentation Materials