Abstract:Of the four fundamental forces Gravity stands somewhat apart. Since it is weak, couples universally and is hard to quantize, it defies a complete description on microscopic scales up to date. Due to their thermodynamic properties, black holes provide us with a unique theoretical probe into the micro regime of gravity. In this talk I will review how string theory has provided us with an understanding of the quantum mechanical interpretation of black holes and will discuss some of the work I have done in this field over the years. I will point out some interesting open questions and explain my current research that addresses some of them.
Bio: Dr. Dieter Van den Bleeken graduated at the physics department of Leuven University in 2004 and obtained his PhD degree at it's Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2008. He then spent three years at the New High Energy Theory Center at Rutgers University as a postdoctoral fellow and currently is a postdoctoral researcher at the physics department of Bogazici University.