Petr Hořava (theorist)

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Petr Hořava is a Czech string theorist. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses on quantum field theory and string theory. Hořava is a member of the theory group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Hořava is known for his articles written with Edward Witten about the Hořava-Witten domain walls in M-theory. These articles demonstrated that the ten-dimensional heterotic E_8 \times E_8 string theory could be produced from 11-dimensional M-theory by making one of the dimensions have edges (the domain walls). This discovery provided crucial support for the conjecture that all string theories could arise as limits of a single higher-dimensional theory.

Hořava is less well known for his discovery of D-branes, usually attributed to Dai, Leigh and Polchinski, who discovered them independently, also in 1989.[citation needed]

In 2009, Hořava proposed a theory of gravity that separates space from time at high energy while matching some predictions of general relativity at lower energies.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quantum Gravity at a Lifshitz Point" by Petr Hořava
  2. ^ Zeeya Merali, "Splitting Time from Space—New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Spacetime", Scientific American (Dec. 2009).

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