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For a finite group G, a G-gerbe over a space B can be thought of as a fiber bundle over B with fibers the classifying orbifold BG. Hellerman-Henriques-Pantev-Sharpe studied conformal field theories on G-gerbes. Given a G-gerbe Y-> B, they constructed a disconnected space \widehat{Y} endowed with a locally constant U(1) 2-cocycle c. They conjectured that a CFT on Y is equivalent to a CFT on \widehat{Y} twisted by the "B-field" c. In this talk, I plan to explain the constructions in this conjecture and the mathematical side of the story, in particular the viewpoints from noncommutative geometry and Gromov-Witten theory. This is based on joint work with Xiang Tang.

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