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One-dimensional solutions of M-theory

Presented by: 
P P Cook [King's College, London]
Date: 
Thursday 9th February 2012 - 11:30 to 12:30
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
It has been argued that the generalised Kac-Moody algebras E11 and E10 encode the symmetries of M-theory. One may wonder whether a conjecture relating two imperfectly understood constructions can be put to good use. This talk will be a pedagogical introduction to a technique on the Kac-Moody side that reconstructs well-known supergravity solutions, albeit smeared down to one-dimension. The solutions emerge from a small corner of E11 but the technique may be applied to a much larger sector of E11 and used to propose exotic M-theory solutions.
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