I'm traveling today to the Perimeter Institute in icy Canada. I love modern architecture -- can't wait to see their funky building.
[Video and audio of seminar available here -- I'm always afraid to listen to or watch myself giving a talk, but I should probably do so at some point to improve my presentations...]
Curved space, monsters and black hole entropy
Abstract: I discuss a class of compact objects ("monsters") with more entropy than a black hole of the same ADM mass. Such objects are problematic for AdS/CFT duality and the conventional interpretation of black hole entropy as counting of microstates. Nevertheless, monster initial data can be constructed in semi-classical general relativity without requiring large curvatures or energy densities.