String Theory and Nonrelativistic Gravity

December 4, 2018
3:00pm to 4:00pm

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room

Theoretical Physics, general interest
Eric Bergshoeff
U. Groningen

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room


I will show how non-relativistic strings move in a background geometry that is different from the usual non-relativistic gravity theory  known as Newton-Cartan gravity.  I will discuss the non-relativistic T-duality transformations of these background fields and point out an interesting relation with relativistic string theory. Furthermore, I will construct an action for these background fields in four spacetime dimensions.