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[ACRT seminar] An introductory discussion on topological quantum field theory
SPEAKER  |  Kim, Hyun Kyu
INSTITUTE  |  KIAS
DATE  |  September 12(Fri), 2014
TIME  |  16:00
PLACE  |  1424
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ABSTRACT  |  We review some basic physical aspects of quantum field theory (QFT). We discuss classical physics, quantum theory, what QFT does in this story, and Graeme Segal's axiomatic formulation of QFT. Then I'll mention Atiyah's axiomatic definition of TQFT, and list some examples if time allows. This talk is mainly based on Segal's lecture series on QFT. No physical background is assumed. Explicit construction of TQFT using modular tensor categories will be discussed in the next lecture, scheduled to happen in 2 weeks.
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