QGM seminar by Alessandro Valentino (Universität Zürich)

Title: Equivariant Factorization Algebras from Abelian Chern-Simons theories

2018.01.17 | Christine Dilling

Date Wed 07 Mar
Time 16:15 17:15
Location 1531-215 (Aud.D3)

Abstract: Factorization algebras are a powerful tool to encode observables in classical and quantum field theory. As suggested by Costello and Gwilliam, to the formal moduli problem describing deformations of flat G-bundles with connections on a manifold M, one can associate a factorization algebra F on M which describes the perturbative aspects of classical Chern-Simons theory on M with structure group G. In the talk I will concentrate on the case of G an abelian group, and show that the factorization algebra F comes naturally equipped with a (homotopy) action of the gauge group Maps(M,G), which can be regarded as a genuine nonperturbative aspect of Chern-Simons theory. Joint work with Corina Keller.