Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, public outreach events such as talks from top scientists using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities.
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In this talk I will summarize some of the techniques and applications appearing in my recent work with Vivek Shende, where we describe how to construct Calabi-Yau structures on topological Fukaya categories of Weinstein manifolds. The main technical tool is the use of Morita theory of dg categories and categories of bimodules to express noncommutative versions of certain geometric objects. Time allowing, I will also talk about some more recent research where we propose to use similar methods for the construction of stability conditions.
The role of coherence in quantum thermodynamics has been extensively studied in the recent years and it is now well-understood that coherence between different energy eigenstates is a resource independent of other thermodynamics resources, such as work. A fundamental remaining open question is whether the laws of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics allow the existence a "coherence distillation machine", i.e. a machine that, by possibly consuming work, obtains pure coherent states from mixed states, at a nonzero rate.
There are various ways to define factorization algebras: one can define a factorization algebra that lives over the open subsets of some fixed manifold; or, alternatively, one can define a factorization algebra on the site of all manifolds of a given dimension (possibly with a specified geometric structure). In this talk, I will outline a comparison between G-equivariant factorization algebras on a fixed model space M to factorization algebras on the site of all manifolds equipped with a (M, G)-structure, given by an atlas with charts in M and transition maps given by elements of G.
This talk is based on joint work with Yuri Manin. The idea of a “geometry over the ﬁeld with one element F1” arises in connection with the study of properties of zeta functions of varieties deﬁned over Z. Several diﬀerent versions of F1 geometry (geometry below Spec(Z)) have been proposed over the years (by Tits, Manin, Deninger, Kapranov–Smirnov, etc.) including the use of homotopy theoretic methods and “brave new algebra” of ring spectra (To¨en–Vaqui´e).
I will review the construction of “higher operations” on local and extended operators in topological ﬁeld theory, and some applications of this construction in supersymmetric ﬁeld theory. In particular, the higher operation on supersymmetric local operators in a 3d N=4 theory turns out to be induced by the holomorphic Poisson structure on the moduli space of the theory.
In general relativity, the picture of space–time assigns an ideal clock to each world line. Being ideal, gravitational effects due to these clocks are ignored and the flow of time according to one clock is not affected by the presence of clocks along nearby world lines. However, if time is defined operationally, as a pointer position of a physical clock that obeys the principles of general relativity and quantum mechanics, such a picture is, at most, a convenient fiction.
We present a new solution to the Hierarchy Problem utilizing non-linearly realized discrete symmetries. The cancelations occur due to a discrete symmetry that is realized as a shift symmetry on the scalar and as an exchange symmetry on the particles with which the scalar interacts. We show how this mechanism can be used to solve the Little Hierarchy Problem as well as give rise to light axions.
I will explain and state a conjecture of Kontsevich, that relates vertex models from statistical mechanics to En-algebras. I will also give the main ingredients of the proof of Kontsevich’s conjecture, which is a joint work in progress with Damien Lejay.
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