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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jankiewicz, Marcin Michal
URN etd-03012007-210817
Title Various Aspects of Gravity
Degree PhD
Department Physics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thomas W. Kephart Committee Chair
John G. Ratcliffe Committee Member
Robert J. Scherrer Committee Member
Thomas J. Weiler Committee Member
Volker E. Oberacker Committee Member
  • black holes
  • lattices
  • scalar field
  • Monster group
  • gravity
Date of Defense 2007-03-01
Availability unrestricted
This thesis summarizes research projects that I have been involved in during my graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. My research spanned different areas of theoretical high energy physics with gravity as a common denominator. I explore both fundamental and phenomenological aspects of: (i) mathematical physics where I have studied relations between partition functions of certain class of conformal field theories and Fischer-Griess Monster group; (ii) cosmology, where I performed a numerical study of a horizon size modes of scalar field; (iii) a black hole physics project involving possible extensions of the non-hair theorem in a presence of exotic types of scalar field; and (iv) a study of phenomenological space-time foam models and their relation to Planck scale physics.
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