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Talk by Hendryk Pfeiffer today

  1. Oct 19, 2006 #1

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    http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/ac...ries/alltalks.cfm?CurrentPage=1&SeminarID=836

    impressive guy. I'm hoping they post the video (as they sometimes do with these seminar talks)

    ==quote from Perimeter seminar talk announcement==
    Speaker: Hendryk Pfeiffer
    Title: Open-closed TQFTs and Khovanov homology
    Date: Thursday October 19, 2006, 1:30 PM
    Abstract: Khovanov homology categorifies the Jones polynomial and thereby turns an invariant of links in 3-dimensional space into an invariant of knotted surfaces in 4-dimensional space. I review this construction and sketch why it is relevant to the search for 4-dimensional quantum gravity. At the technical level, Khovanov homology relies on a very special choice of 2-dimensional Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT). The fact that the boundary of a compact manifold is a closed manifold, limits this construction to links rather than tangles. I show how to generalize the notion of 2-dimensional TQFT from closed manifolds to the world-sheets of open and closed strings in order to extend Khovanov homology from links to tangles. References: math.GT/0606331, math.QA/0602047, math.AT/0510664.
    ==enquote==

    for convenience of anyone who might want to glance at the references, here they are expanded to links

    http://arxiv.org/math.GT/0606331
    Open-closed TQFTs extend Khovanov homology from links to tangles

    http://arxiv.org/math.QA/0602047
    State sum construction of two-dimensional open-closed Topological Quantum Field Theories

    http://arxiv.org/math.AT/0510664
    Open-closed strings: Two-dimensional extended TQFTs and Frobenius algebras

    modest disclaimer: Personally I have no ambition to read these papers. I just respect Aaron Lauda and Hendryk Pfeiffer and I think Pfeiffer's research sometimes points in genuinely unexpected directions. I would kind of like to see him at the blackboard trying to explain his ideas to the Perimeter audience.
     
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