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Energy conditions in quantum theory and gravity

Thursday 20 September 2018, 9.00AM

Speaker(s): Erik Curiel (University of Munich) Larry Ford (Tufts University) Stefan Hollands (Leipzig University) Jorma Louko (University of Nottingham) Ken Olum (Tufts University) Nicola Pinamonti (University of Genoa) Ko Sanders (Dublin City University) Robert Wald (University of Chicago) Aron Wall (Stanford University) Elizabeth Winstanley (University of Sheffield)


Classical energy conditions were introduced as a means of codifying generic properties of matter in general relativity. They play key roles in the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose and in many other results of mathematical relativity. However, not all models of classical matter obey the pointwise energy conditions, and quantum fields cannot obey any of them. 

Taking place on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st September, this workshop will address two main themes, bringing together experts in both areas: (a) the use of weakened energy conditions in classical relativity, (b) the Quantum Energy Inequalities that can be proved for various quantum field theory models, and their consequences. In addition, related topics in mathematical relativity and quantum field theory will be discussed.

Registration is now open until September 1st. For more information and to register for the event, visit the workshop website 


Christopher Fewster (University of York)
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (University of York)

Funded by Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship grant 744037

Location: K/133 Kings Manor, York