Olaf Dreyer

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Olaf Dreyer at Harvard University

Olaf Dreyer (born 1969 in Hamburg) is a German theoretical physicist whose research interests include quantum gravity and the quantum measurement problem. Dreyer received his Ph.D. in quantum gravity in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State University[1] under the direction of Abhay Ashtekar.[2] Subsequently he has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College, London, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2002 Dreyer proposed[3] a connection between the Barbero-Immirzi parameter in loop quantum gravity and the asymptotic behaviour of black hole quasinormal modes (in numerical general relativity), building on previous insights due to Shahar Hod.[4] Subsequently, Lubos Motl proved that the exact asymptotic behaviour of the quasinormal modes of the Schwarzschild black hole was as predicted numerically.[5]

Dreyer has developed an approach to quantum gravity known as "internal relativity".[6]


  1. ^ "Press release for "The Trouble with Physics" published by Houghton Mifflin Company : Hot Young Physicists". Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  2. ^ Baez, John (2002). "This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics (Week 189)". Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ Dreyer, Olaf (2003), "Quasinormal Modes, the Area Spectrum, and Black Hole Entropy", Phys. Rev. Lett., 90: 081301, arXiv:gr-qc/0211076v1, Bibcode:2003PhRvL..90h1301D, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.90.081301, PMID 12633415
  4. ^ Hod, Shahar (1998), "Bohr's Correspondence Principle and The Area Spectrum of Quantum Black Holes", Phys. Rev. Lett., 81: 4293, arXiv:gr-qc/9812002v2, Bibcode:1998PhRvL..81.4293H, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.4293
  5. ^ Motl, Lubos (2003), "An analytical computation of asymptotic Schwarzschild quasinormal frequencies", Adv. Theor. Math. Phys., 6: 1135–1162, arXiv:gr-qc/0212096v3, Bibcode:2002gr.qc....12096M
  6. ^ Marshall, Michael (4 March 2010), "Knowing the mind of God: Seven theories of everything", New Scientist

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