Speaker Professor Elizabeth Winstanley, University of Sheffield
Brane world models in string theory suggest that our universe is a slice, or ‘brane’, of a higher-dimensional space-time. In this talk we will discuss why one consequence of these models is that copious numbers of mini black holes may be formed by collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. We will describe how these mini black holes are created, and what happens to them once they have been produced. In particular, we discuss why these black holes will not swallow up the entire Earth.
Elizabeth Winstanley is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests lie in general relativity, quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved space-time, focusing particularly on black holes. She has recently co-authored a book on "Quantum Black Holes" with Xavier Calmet (Sussex) and Bernard Carr (Queen Mary). In 2010 she was awarded the Australian Institute of Physics' Women in Physics Lectureship. She is a past Chair of the Gravitational Physics Group of the Institute of Physics and has also served on the Council of the London Mathematical Society.