This seminar will touch on several important topics in conformal and topological quantum field theory with the aim of bringing together mathematicians of several different stripes (topologists, symplectic geometers, analysts, ...) in order to explore these subjects and promote interaction.
Tentatively, the seminar will break down into three modules,
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|June 14||Introduction, planning, and prologue||Kyle Ormsby|
|June 21||Universal and unitary TQFTs||Kyle Ormsby|
|June 28||Conformal field theory and loop groups||Toly Preygel|
|July 5||Introduction to planar algebras||Emily Peters|
|July 12||Turaev-Viro TQFTs via planar algebras [slides,pics]||Chris Schommer-Pries|
|July 19||BV formalism and perturbative gauge theory||Si Li|
|July 26||Seiberg-Witten theory||Tim Nguyen|
|August 2||Morse theory on a manifold with boundary, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the reducible monopoles||Jonathan Bloom|
|August 9||Morse field theory||Robin Koytcheff|
|August 16||Naturality in 2+1 dimensions||Josh Batson|
|August 23||Perturbative Chern Simons theory and the Kontsevich integral||Nick Rozenblyum|