University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Professor of Theoretical Physics, Raman Research Institute
Emmy Noether Visiting Fellow, Perimeter Institute
Dr. Surya's research in General Relativity and Quantum Gravity is particularly focussed on the Causal Set Theory approach to Quantum Gravity.
My trajectory as a physicist started in high school, when I learnt that mathematics could be used to describe the physical world. The most fascinating was optics, where trigonometry was used to show how light behaved in the world around us. Later in high school, I was introduced to Einstein's theory of Special Relativity where once again, light is intertwined with geometry. This twin fascination for light and geometry has never left me and is very much a part of my current research. In todays talk we will journey into our world of lightcones and causality, and begin an exploration of the underlying geometry of our universe.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.