Planned seminars

Europe/Lisbon —

Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Bartlett, Stellenbosch University

The classical (resp. quantum) 6j symbols are real numbers which encode the associator information for the tensor category of representations of SU(2) (resp. the quantum group of SU(2) at level k). They form the building blocks for the Turaev-Viro 3-dimensional TQFT. I will review the intriguing asymptotic formula for these symbols in terms of the geometry of a Euclidean tetrahedron (in the classical case) or a spherical tetrahedron (in the quantum case), due to Ponzano-Regge and Taylor-Woodward respectively. There is a wonderful integral formula for the square of the classical 6j symbols as a group integral over SU(2), and I will report on investigations into a similar conjectural integral formula for the quantum 6j symbols. In the course of these investigations, we observed and proved a certain reciprocity formula for the Wigner derivative for spherical tetrahedra. Joint with Hosana Ranaivomanana.

Europe/Lisbon — Online

Dmitry Melnikov

Dmitry Melnikov, International Institute of Physics, Natal

In the 1990s Aravind proposed that topological links can be used to classify different patterns of quantum entanglement. One way this connection can be investigated is through an appropriate quantum mechanical definition of knots. I will start from the category theory definition of a TQFT and derive a relation between measures of quantum entanglement and topological invariants of links. We will see how patterns of quantum entanglement emerge in the TQFT picture. Meanwhile, complexity is a complementary measure of quantum correlations. In the TQFT case, it can also be related to topological invariants. I will discuss a few definitions of complexity for several families of knots and links.

Europe/Lisbon —

Ingmar Saberi

Ingmar Saberi, University of Heidelberg
To be announced

Europe/Lisbon —

Theo Johnson-Freyd

Theo Johnson-Freyd, Dalhousie University and Perimeter Institute

Each fusion higher category has a "framed S-matrix" which encodes the commutator of operators of complementary dimension. I will explain how to construct and interpret this pairing, and I will emphasize that it may fail to exist if you drop semisimplicity requirements. I will then outline a proof that the framed S-matrix detects (non)degeneracy of the fusion higher category. This is joint work in progress with David Reutter.

Europe/Lisbon —

Fabian Haiden

Fabian Haiden, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

This is a report on joint work in progress with L. Katzarkov, M. Kontsevich, and P. Pandit. The Homological Mirror Symmetry conjecture is stated as an equivalence of triangulated categories, one coming from algebraic geometry and the other from symplectic topology. An enhancement of the conjecture also identifies stability conditions (in the sense of Bridgeland) on these categories. We adopt the point of view that triangulated (DG/A-infinity) categories are non-commutative spaces of an algebraic nature. A stability condition can then be thought of as the analog of a Kähler class or polarization. Many, often still conjectural, constructions of stability conditions hint at a richer structure which we think of as analogous to a Kähler metric. For instance, a type of Donaldson and Uhlenbeck-Yau theorem is expected to hold. I will discuss these examples and common features among them, leading to a tentative definition.