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Date:  Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Title:  Search for the exotic in vertex operator algebras, subfactors etc

Abstract:  Vertex operator algebras and subfactors should be 2 sides of the same coin, but this (still hypothetical) equivalence is highly nontrivial, in the sense that things that are easy to do in one formalism are hard in the other, and vice versa. For example, it is much easier to construct and classify subfactors than vertex operator algebras. We are in fact in the Golden Age of subfactor classification and construction. In my talk I'll review the VOA-subfactor connection, and explain what in particular it implies for the theory of VOAs. (Answer: a lot of work!) This is work done with David Evans.


Speaker:  Terry Gannon
Institution:  University of Alberta

 

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