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Three applications of topology to physics

Friday, January 12, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lauritsen 469
Dan Freed, UT Austin

(1) What is the classification of invertible phases of lattice systems?  (2) Is M-theory time-reversal invariant?  (3) How to match topological features (spin structures, global anomalies) of QCD with the effective theory of pions?  Question (1) lies in condensed matter theory and question (2) in string theory, but we can make a conceptual jump and reformulate them in quantum field theory.  In this talk I sketch how an Axiom System for Wick-rotated quantum field theory, coupled with ideas and techniques from geometry and topology, let us address each question.  The recent work on (1) and (2) is joint with Mike Hopkins.

Series: High Energy Theory Seminar Series
For more information, please phone 6685 or email carol@theory.caltech.edu or visit http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/seminar/schedule.html

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