Abstract: Understanding gauge theories is at the very heart of some of the most baffling questions in particle physics. Why are atomic nuclei so much heavier than the quarks and gluons that form them? What can gauge theories teach us about gravity or string theory? Can one find a precise mathematical formalism to even pose these questions rigorously? The list of such questions is long and interesting. While we are still far from definitive answers, I will discuss some recent progress in our understanding of these classic problems using ideas from string theory and lower dimensional quantum field theories.
Background Information:Dr. Abhishek Agarwal received his PhD degree from the University of Rochester in 2005. After postdoctoral appointments at the City College of the City University of New York (USA), and the Max Planck Institute (Potsdam, Germany), Dr. Agarwal joined the editorial staff of Physical Review Letters in 2009. When not editing papers, he continues collaborating with the High Energy Physics group at City College on research endeavors.
This is Dr. Agarwal’s second visit to RIT, having visited in 2012 to speak about editorial matters. Dr. Agarwal eagerly looks forward to feedback on PRL related matters on his trip to RIT this time as well.