Tensor categories and field theory

Name:Tensor categories and field theory
Calendar:Conferences & meetings
When:Mon, June 5, 2017 - Fri, June 9, 2017

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Workshop in Tensor categories and field theory

Dates: 5–9 June 2017
Venue: School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne

The recent years have seen a rich cross-fertilisation of ideas between physics and mathematics that has led to fantastic advances in each field. A prominent example of this is the notion of a tensor category. These abstract structures have a depth and ubiquity that has made them indispensable knowledge for many modern research fields including conformal field theory and vertex algebras, knot theory, operator algebras and subfactors, quantum groups, representation theory, topological quantum field theory and applied fields such as condensed matter physics. Moreover, the foundational work in these areas is inextricably linked to high-profile names such as Drinfeld, Huang, Jones, Kazhdan–Lusztig, Moore–Seilberg, Reshetikhin–Turaev, and Witten.

This workshop will bring together a dynamic mix of international experts from the mathematics and mathematical physics communities in order to foster communication and collaboration and disseminate this important work to graduate students and early career researchers. It will involve introductory lectures and research talks from high profile international visitors including …

  • Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Inst., Canada)
  • Shashank Kanade (Univ. Alberta, Canada)
    • Vertex tensor categories I: Fundamental constructions.
    • Vertex tensor categories II: Algebra objects and conformal embeddings.
  • Liang Kong (Univ. New Hampshire, USA)
  • Dmitri Nikshych (Univ. New Hampshire, USA)
    • Braided fusion categories I: Basic theory and structure results.
    • Braided fusion categories II: Anisotropy and Witt equivalence.
  • Eric Rowell (Texas A&M Univ., USA)
    • Modular Categories: Constructions, Conjectures and Classification.
    • Super-Modular Categories: Fermionic Quotients, Congruence Kernels and the 16-fold Way.
  • Simon Wood (Cardiff Univ., UK)
    Fusion by hand: The NGK algorithm.

We would also like to invite registered participants to now submit titles and abstracts for contributed talks in areas related to the workshop's themes. We expect that these will be 25min (plus 5 for questions) in duration (depending on demand).
Please email your title/abstract directly to David Ridout (david.ridout@unimelb.edu.au) before 5pm, May 26.

We are required to charge a small registration fee which we have fixed at:

  • $25 for students.
  • $50 for AustMS members and speakers.
  • $75 for everyone else.

This fee also gives you a ticket to the conference dinner, a fabulous Greek feast at Mesa () restaurant that you will not forget. Please be sure to let us know before May 29 if you have any dietary requirements.

For more information, see the conference website https://sites.google.com/view/tensorcategories2017/home where there is a registration for this event.

We hope to see you soon!

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  • David Ridout (Univ. Melbourne)
  • Nora Ganter (Univ. Melbourne)
  • Thomas Quella (Univ. Melbourne)
  • Pinhas Grossman (Univ. NSW)
  • Scott Morrison (Australian National Univ.)
  • Jorgen Rasmussen (Univ. Queensland).
Location:School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne Map
Created:12 May 2017 12:14 am UTC
Modified:12 May 2017 12:37 am UTC
Updated: 12 May 2017