Quantum geometry school at Erlangen: what can it tell us?

In summary, the Second Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry will take place this week, October 7 through 11, hosted by Thomas Thiemann's group. The school focuses on quantizing shape relations rather than gravity forces and will bring together various background-independent approaches to quantum theory of spacetime geometry. The lectures will be recorded and made available on the school's website. The topics covered will include Causal Dynamical Triangulations, Conformal Quantum Field Theory, Representation Theory of Lie Groups, Hopf Algebras, Tensor Categories and Topological Field Theories. This is the second school in the series, with the first one featuring lectures on Loop Quantum Gravity. The videos of the introduction to LQG from the first
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The school takes place this week, October 7 through 11, hosted by Thomas Thiemann's group.
The school is explicitly quantum geometry. Increasingly that is what QG means-- microscopic/high energy geometry of space-time. Focusing on quantizing shape relations rather than on quantum "gravity forces" between particles in some given fixed background geometry.

All lectures at the Second Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry will be recorded and will be available after the school in different video formats on this website.
http://www.gravity.physik.fau.de/events/school2013/school_lectures_2013.shtml

The school is, I think, unifying in character and seems to be part of a series. It brings together several different background-independent approaches to quantum theory of spacetime geometry. It is not a one-track school.
http://www.gravity.physik.fau.de/events/school2013/school_participants_2013.shtml
Many of the participants we will not have heard of, and their specialties may be unfamiliar to us.
OTOH quite a few names are familiar:

Emanuele Alesci
Hal Haggard
Atousa Shirazi
Alexander Stottmeister
Casey Tomlin
Derek Wise
Antonia Zipfel

Topics to be covered in the lectures include:
Causal Dynamical Triangulations
Conformal Quantum Field Theory
Representation Theory of Lie Groups
Hopf Algebras, Tensor Categories and Topological Field Theories

The FIRST Erlangen QG school was held last year, that time LQG lectures were featured.
http://www.gravity.physik.fau.de/events/school/school.shtml
This is the SECOND in the series, it seems to feature CDT and other QG approaches.
http://www.gravity.physik.fau.de/events/school2013/school_2013.shtml
 
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The videos of the introduction to LQG that Jerzy Lewandowski gave LAST year at the first Erlangen QG school could be a valuable resource for us.

It consists of 5 lectures here:
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/course/id/171.html

Each lecture lasts 90 minutes. The individual links are here:
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/clip/id/2397.html
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/clip/id/2400.html
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/clip/id/2405.html
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/clip/id/2410.html
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/clip/id/2415.html

To view, click on "anschauen" which means "view". Also is possible to download the video and save it on your computer--there are various options.
 

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