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Mathematics Colloquium by Razvan Gelca
Monday, Apr 11, 2016
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: JO 4.614

Razvan  Gelca

Dept of Mathematics, Texas Tech University

Theta Functions and Knots

We will explain how to relate classical theta functions to knots and how to produce the main constructs of abelian Chern-Simons theory using insights from representation theory. This approach does not use quantum field theory and hence is different from Witten's.   We will exhibit a quantum group  model for the action of the Heisenberg group and of  the modular group on theta functions. 

The talk is based on the joint work of the speaker with Alejandro Uribe and Alastair Hamilton, and consists of material that makes the object of a recent book (with the same title) of the speaker.

Sponsored  by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

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John Zweck, 972-883-6699
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