The 2013 Bronstein Prize in Loop Quantum Gravity

During the celebration of 25 years of Loop Quantum Gravity at Madrid, a new prize for Post-doctoral scholars in Loop Quantum Gravity was created. It is named after Matvei Petrovich Bronstein, who was the first to emphasize that quantum gravity requires a deep revision of classical space-time concepts. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Quantization of Gravitational Waves in 1935. He clearly understood the limitation of applying the Bohr-Rosenfeld QED measurement analysis to gravity. He derived the quantum analog of Einstein’s quadrupole formula but emphasized the need to go beyond linearized gravity. See for example, the Golden Oldie article: Gen Relativity and Gravitation (2012) 44:267-283 Bronstein was considered by many as the brightest of the young Soviet physicists in the mid-1930’s. He was arrested on trumped-up charges in 1937 and executed in 1938. An account appears in http://www.chukfamily.ru/Lidia/Biblio/House.htm

Nominations for the 2013 Bronstein Prize are invited. The nominee should have been a post-doc in loop quantum gravity (interpreted widely) for some period between the Loops11 and Loops13 conferences. The nomination packet should consist of: i) A ~1 page nomination letter summarizing the specific achievements to date of the nominee; ii) A complete CV and a publication list of the nominee; iii) 1-2 letters of support from experts emphasizing the broad significance of all research contributions to date of the nominee; and, iv) A proposed citation. Self nominations will not be considered. The entire packet should be bundled into a single PDF file and e-mailed to Ms. Randi Neshteruk (rxh1[AT]psu.edu) by April 30th 2013.

The prize consisting of a certificate and a monetary reward will be presented during the Loops 2013 conference, which will be held at the Perimeter Institute, Canada, during July 22-26.

Loops 13, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo

Loops is the core biannual conference of the quantum gravity community and focuses on current developments in loop quantum gravity and other background independent approaches to quantum gravity. These include causal dynamical triangulations, causal sets, emergent gravity, asymptotic safety and string theory. This year’s conference emphasizes the key recent results across the field and is meant to appeal to a broad range of theorists interested in diverse approaches to quantum gravity.

The program features morning plenary talks complemented by contributed talks. Those wishing to give contributed talks are urged to register at http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/conferences/loops-13 as early as possible. Some financial support will be available for PhD students, and postdocs who apply to give talks. The deadline to apply for financial support is Friday, April 12. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and selected participants will be contacted if support is available.

The plenary talks give an exciting and diverse overview of the field and are listed on the webpage and poster. A few talks will be selected closer to the date to report on breaking developments. The conference program will also feature panel discussions and debates. Review sessions will be available to orient non-experts to the different approaches featured in the conference.

We very much hope that you will be able to take part in this exciting occasion and look forward to welcoming you this July in Waterloo!

The scientific organizing committee:

Bianca Dittrich
Laurent Freidel
Lee Smolin