Gia Dvali What Is the Fundamental Physics Behind the Information Processing of Black Holes?

Gia Dvali is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics as well as Professor of Physics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at New York University's Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics. Former affiliations include the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. His major research interests are theoretical particle physics and quantum gravity. Dvali is a recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's Packard Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan foundation fellowship and Humboldt Professorship (2008).

Area of Research

Theoretical Particle Physics, Quantum Gravity

Gia Dvali and S. H. Henry Tye. "Brane Inflation." Physics Letters B 450 (1999): 72-82.  
Ignatios Antoniadis, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos and Gia Dvali. "New Dimensions at a Millimeter to a Fermi and Superstrings at a TeV." Physics Letters B 436 (1998): 257-263.  
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos and Gia Dvali. "The Hierarchy Problem and New Dimensions at a Millimeter." Physics Letters B 429 (1998): 263-272.  
Gia Dvali and Mikhail A. Shifman. "Domain Walls in Strongly Coupled Theories." Physics Letters B 396 (1997): 64-69.  

since 2010


Max Planck Society (more details)

Max Planck Institute for Physics

since 2010

Professor of Theoretical Physics

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


Permanent Staff Member

CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva Switzerland

since 1998

Professor of Physics

New York University



ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics), Trieste Italy


Postdoctoral Researcher

CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva Switzerland


Postdoctoral Researcher

INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), Pisa Italy


Postdoctoral Researcher

ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics), Trieste Italy


PhD in Elementary Particle Physics

Tbilisi State University (Tbilisis Iwane Dschawachischwilis Sachelobis Sachelmzipo Uniwersiteti - TSU), Georgia


Packard Fellow

Sloan Fellow

Member of Society of Fellows


New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology

Humboldt Professorship, Distinguished Research Chair at Perimeter Institute (2008)

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The objectives of the research in theoretical physics presented in this video are to understand the fundamental physics behind the properties of black holes and to find out whether black holes are unique in their way of information-processing. As GIA DVALI explains, the research he developed together with CESAR GOMEZ has two important findings. Firstly it shows that quantum criticality is the basic principle of the information storage capacities of black holes and secondly it manifests that other systems of nature can process information the same way. This has important implications for the understanding of elementary particles and for cosmology.

LT Video Publication DOI:

Black Hole Based Quantum Computing in Labs and in the Sky

  • Gia Dvali and Mischa Panchenko
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:1601.01329
  • Published in 2016


Gia Dvali and Mischa Panchenko. "Black Hole Based Quantum Computing in Labs and in the Sky." arXiv preprint arXiv:1601.01329 (2016).