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.
Recordings of events in these areas are all available and On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
Accessibly by anyone with internet, Perimeter aims to share the power and wonder of science with this free library.
It is conventional wisdom among physicists that anomalies of fermionic theories measure an obstruction to the existence of a well-defined (gauge-invariant) partition function. The aim of this talk is to use the formalism of Costello and Gwilliam to show how this wisdom is instantiated for perturbative anomalies of the massless free fermion. We will show how an action of a dg Lie algebra L on the massless free fermion theory gives rise to a line bundle over the formal moduli problem corresponding to L; the anomaly is precisely the failure of this line bundle to be trivial.
The generalized double semion model, introduced by Freedman and Hastings, is a lattice field theory similar to the toric code, with a gapped Hamiltonian whose space of ground states depends on the topology of the ambient manifold. In this talk, I’ll explain how to calculate its low-energy limit, which forms part of a topological field theory, in terms of characteristic classes of the ambient manifold.
I’ll discuss some results and expectations about the behavior of branes in Betti geometric Langlands under cutting and gluing Riemann surfaces.
I will describe examples of holomorphic N=1 super-symmetric vertex algebras with small (non-zero) values of the elliptic genus. I will speculate on a relation to certain patterns in the theory of topological modular forms.
Convex optimization, linear and semidefinite programming in particular, has been a standard tool in quantum information theory, giving certificates of local and quantum correlations, contextuality, and more. Increasingly, similar methods are making headways in quantum many-body physics, giving lower bounds -- and thus certificates -- on the ground state energy. The disadvantage of such methods is that they do not scale well to large system sizes, whether those systems are multiparty Bell scenarios or lattice models of numerous sites. Machine
Three fundamental factors determine the quality of a statistical learning algorithm: expressiveness, generalization
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