High Energy Theory Group Seminars

The Emergence Proposal in Quantum Gravity and the Species Scale

by Alvaro Herraez (IPhT, CEA/Saclay)

1/1-2 - Aula "C. Voci" (Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia - Edificio Marzolo)

1/1-2 - Aula "C. Voci"

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia - Edificio Marzolo


The Emergence Proposal claims that in Quantum Gravity the kinetic terms of the fields in the IR can be understood as emergent from integrating out (infinite) towers of particles up to the QG cutoff. After introducing this proposal in the context of the Swampland Program and its relation to the Distance and Weak Gravity Conjectures, I will explain why it is natural to identify this QG cutoff with the Species Scale, motivating it by direct computation in the presence of the relevant towers. Then, I will present evidence for this proposal by directly studying how it is realized in different string theory setups, where the kinetic terms of scalars, p-forms and even scalar potentials can be shown to be consistent with emergence after integrating out such towers.

Organized by

Stefano Massai