Effective Field Theory and the Emergence of New Dynamics

Speaker: Liam Fitzpatrick, Boston University

When: October 20, 2015 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 109

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

We describe applications of Effective Field Theory (EFT) to a broad range of scenarios where novel physics has been observed but the details remain poorly constrained. We discuss how EFT allows one to simplify and organize existing models, as well as providing an efficient framework for envisioning and parameterizing general possibilities in a more model-independent manner. Applications covered will be inflation in the early universe, experiments looking for direct detection of dark matter, and novel phases in superconducting metals.