Madison String Theory Group
String theory addresses one of the deepest problems of contemporary
physics, namely the reconciliation of gravity and quantum theory. It
regularizes quantum gravity, provides a perturbative expansion in the
regime of small gravitational coupling, and unifies the gravitational
force with the forces of the standard model of elementary particle
physics. String dualities lead to nonperturbative formulations of
gauge theory and quantum gravity. As a consequence, black holes have
been successfully treated as quantum objects and serious efforts are
made toward a theory of quantum cosmology. The formulation of quantum
gravity requires a similar change of physical and mathematical
concepts as the development of quantum mechanics. This sparked an
intense interaction between physicists and mathematicians that led to
substantial contributions to both fields. This cluster focuses talents
and resources of the UWMadison mathematics and physics departments on this great
endeavor of theoretical physics. The cluster and affiliated faculty
cover the field from mathematical aspects of string theory to string
cosmology and string phenomenology.
The String Theory research program is part of the University of Wisconsin Cluster
Hiring Initiative on Mathematical
Physics
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