Invitation to the ICTP HECAP & Maths Colloquium by Prof. Sergei Gukov: "Hidden Algebraic Structures in Topology and Quantum Field Theory", on Wednesday 18 November at 17:00 hrs CET.
director at ictp.it
Tue Nov 10 14:28:15 CET 2020
you are most cordially invited to the ICTP HECAP & Maths Colloquium by
Prof. Sergei Gukov: "Hidden Algebraic Structures in Topology and Quantum
Field Theory", on Wednesday 18 November at 17:00 hrs CET.
Advance registration is required
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the talk. Should you not be able to join the
talk, the Colloquium is also available in live streaming at:
*Biosketch*: Professor Sergei Gukov obtained his PhD in 2001 from
Princeton University under the supervision of Edward Witten. He then was
a Long-term Prize Fellow of Clay Mathematics Institute at Harvard
University and then a member at the School of Mathematics at the
Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. Since 2007 he has been a
professor of theoretical physics and mathematics at California Institute
of Technology. From 2010 he has been also an external scientific member
at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. Professor Gukov has
made numerous significant contributions in string theory, quantum field
theory and low dimensional topology.
*Abstract*: Quantum physics, topology, and representation theory have a
long history of working together. Therefore, it is no surprise that
symmetries and their representations play an important role in
describing physical phenomena and often label powerful invariants of
3-manifolds and 4-manifolds. More surprising, though, are algebraic
structures labeled by topological manifolds or emergence of symmetries
in quantum systems where they are not initially expected. Although
instances of such 'hidden' algebraic structures are still rare and quite
mysterious, they sometimes can be understood or even predicted in the
framework of string theory. In this talk, intended for a broad audience,
I will survey some of the recent and more intriguing examples of such
relations between algebra, topology, and physics.
The talk will be followed by a question/answer session
For info, please check the following link: http://indico.ictp.it/event/9461/
We look forward to seeing you online!
With best regards,
Office of the Director, ICTP
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