The Penrose Inequality as a Constraint on Low Energy Quantum Gravity

2022-10-11 11:00 - 12:00
CMSA Room G10
Address: CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Swampland Seminar
Speaker: Aasmund Folkestad (MIT)
Title: The Penrose Inequality as a Constraint on Low Energy Quantum Gravity
Abstract: In this talk, I argue that the Penrose inequality (PI) can be used to constrain low energy theories compatible AdS/CFT, and possibly also quantum gravity in flat space. Focusing on AdS/CFT, it is shown that the PI can be violated for minimally coupled scalar fields, and I produce exclusion plots on couplings that respect the PI. I also present numerical evidence that top-down scalar theories and supersymmetric theories respect the PI. Finally, similar to the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound, I give a necessary condition for the stability AdS that constrains coupling constants (beyond the scalar mass).