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Low Energy? Think Positive!

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At low energies, the world around us can be described very accurately using the Standard Model and General Relativity. However, these are at best only ``effective’’ descriptions: valid at low energies but destined to break down as experiments in particle physics and cosmology probe increasingly higher energies, ultimately requiring a new (UV complete) theory to take over. In this talk, I will review the constraints which must be placed on such low-energy Effective Field Theories if they are to have any hope of a smooth Wilsonian UV completion at high energies (which is unitary, causal and local). These constraints are known as ``positivity bounds’’. To provide two illustrative examples, I’ll show how these bounds can be used to constrain Beyond the Standard Model physics (such as the dimension-8 operators in SMEFT ), and also constrain theories of modified gravity (such as massive gravity).

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This talk is part of the HEP phenomenology joint Cavendish-DAMTP seminar series.

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