[PAST EVENT] Physics Colloquium - Dr. Ibrahima Bah

September 8, 2023
4pm - 5pm
Small Hall, Room 111
300 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Ibrahima Bah

Dr. Ibrahima Bah, Johns Hopkins, Title of talk: Topological Stars and Gravity

Abstract: In this colloquium I will discuss aspects of microscopic degrees of freedom of gravity and the physical motivation of quantum gravity. While the generic states are quantum mechanical, our goal will be to understand a class of them that are coherent enough to admit classical descriptions in Einstein gravity. The existence of these state require topological structures in spacetime that follow from the dynamics of compact extra dimensions. They behave as ultra-compact objects, dubbed topological stars, which can also model microscopic degrees of freedom of black holes. I will discuss why it is interesting to understand such objects in a new age of black hole astrophysics, and various aspects of their observational properties.