Advances in mathematics and physics have often occurred together - the development of Newton's theory of mechanics and the simultaneous development of the techniques of calculus constitute a classic example of this phenomenon. A more recent one is provided by topology on the mathematical side and (quantum) theory of fields in physics. Scientifically, this project is devoted to a novel approach to incorporate topological invariants, in particular the so-called Chern-Simons term, in gravitational physics, its ramifications, and to derive predictions which are testable by future space experiments or astrophysical data. By virtue of Black Hole analogues also applications to solid-state systems will be studied, thus establishing interdisciplinary links between otherwise only loosely connected branches of physics: mathematical physics, gravity, solid-state physics, cosmology and astrophysics. The main goal of this project is the establishment of a long-term collaboration by virtue of the scientific project outlined above. Such a long-term collaboration will be of mutual benefit for MIT and the physics community in Vienna for various reasons: student exchanges between these institutions can be organized with ease once a personal contact is established and provide a huge career boost especially for younger scientists. Moreover, experts from MIT can be invited exploiting the excellent visiting programs of the ESI in Vienna. This project will contribute to a solution of the "brain drain" problem by transfer ring know-how and contacts from a renowned institution in the US, namely MIT, to a well-known institution in Europe, namely the Vienna University of Technology.
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