Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: Stringy Predictions for Particle Physics    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 04/06/2009
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte
Speaker: Cumrun Vafa
Affiliation: Harvard

Recent progress in string theory has led to a vast landscape of consistent vacua for the theory. In this talk I will discuss how the principle of decoupling of quantum gravity from particle physics leads to a very narrow set of possibilities in this landscape. This rigid framework leads to specific predictions for particle physics, including a quantitative explanation of mass hierarchies for quarks and leptons. Moreover this approach to particle phenomenology leads to specific predictions for new physics at the LHC.