MAGIC005: Operads and topological conformal field theories

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Semester

Spring 2008
Monday, January 21st to Friday, March 14th; Monday, April 28th to Friday, May 16th

Hours

Live lecture hours
10
Recorded lecture hours
0
Total advised study hours
0

Timetable

Thursdays
13:05 - 13:55

Description

We explain the basics of the Feynman path integral formulation of quantum field theory and how it leads to asymptotic expansions of oscillating integrals and Feynman graphs. We then make a connection to pure mathematics via operads, modular operads and related notions. We will see how operads are applied in various problems in geometry and physics, particularly to the study of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. Time permitting, we consider such topics as deformation quantization, the Witten conjecture and/or Chern-Simons theory.

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