Time: 21. May 2013
Place: Institute of Physics
Title: Spin foam models as a method for quantization of gravity
Spin foam models are one of the approaches to the problem of nonperturbative quantization of the gravitational field, and they represent the covariant counterpart to the canonical approach to this problem (called Loop Quantum Gravity). In the last several years this area of research has seen a nontrivial development towards the goal of successful quantization of gravity. After the general introduction to the topic of quantum gravity, the most important novel results will be presented, with some attention to the lecturer's contributions in this area.