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Talk by Prof. Ashoke Sen on metastable universe

The talk was organised on the following topic:

"Can we survive in a metastable universe?"

Speaker : Prof. Ashoke Sen

              Distinguished Professor

              Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad

Day & Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Time : 11 am

Venue : Prof. B. Nag Auditorium, VMCC, IIT Bombay



Discovery of dark energy has changed our understanding of the future of our universe. This talk described the story of our future.

About the speaker:

Ashoke Sen made a number of major original contributions to the subject of string theory, including his landmark paper on strong-weak coupling duality or S-duality, which was influential in changing the course of research in the field. He pioneered the study of unstable D-branes and made the famous Sen conjecture about open string tachyon condensation on such branes. He is one of the leading theoretical physicsts in the world today and he has been one of the winners of the first Fundamental Physics prize (worth 3 million $), started by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner in 2012.

Prof. Sen's other national and international awards include the ICTP prize (1989), the Bhatnagar award (1994), TWAS prize (1997), FRS (1998), Padma Shri (2001), Infosys Prize (2009), the Fundamental Physics Prize (2012), Padma Bhushan (2013), and the Dirac Medal (2014).