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Joint Seminar

This a joint online video seminar series on theoretical and mathematical physics organized together by the ASC and the universities of Heidelberg, Mainz and Vienna via a BigBlueButton interface.

It will take place on Mondays at 15:15.

If you are interested to participate, please send an email toIlka Brunner.

05.07. Jan Manschot (Dublin) "Topological correlators of N=2* Yang-Mills theory"
N=2* Yang-Mills theory is a mass deformation of N=4 Yang-Mills, which preserves N=2 supersymmetry.
I will consider the topological twist of this theory with gauge group SU(2) on a smooth, compact four-manifold X. A consistent formulation requires coupling of the theory to a Spin-c structure, which is necessarily non-trivial if X is non-spin. I will discuss the contribution from the Coulomb branch to correlation functions in terms of the low energy effective field theory coupled to a Spin-c structure, and present how these are evaluated using mock modular forms. Upon varying the mass, the correlators can be shown to reproduce correlators of Donaldson-Witten theory as well as Vafa-Witten theory. Based on joint work with Greg Moore, arXiv:2104.06492.

Past seminars summer 2021
21.06. Johanna Knapp (Melbourne) "Genus 1 fibered Calabi-Yau 3-folds with 5-sections - A GLSM perspective"
14.06. John Huerta (University of Lisbon) "Bundle gerbes on Lie supergroups"
17.05. Cyrill Closset (Birmingham) "Rank-1 5d SCFTs: Mapping out the U-plane"
10.05. Lukas Woike (Copenhagen) "Higher structures from modular categories"
03.05. Miguel Montero (Harvard) "Cobordisms, anomalies, and the Swampland"
26.04. Mathew Bullimore(Durham U.)"Towards a Mathematical Definition of the 3d Superconformal Index"
19.04. Francesco Benini (SISSA) "Superconformal Index and Gravitational Path Integral"
12.04. Shota Komatsu (CERN) "Three tales of de Sitter"
Past seminars winter 2020/2021
01.02. Andrea Brini "Quantum geometry and physics of Looijenga pairs"
25.01. Simeon Hellerman "The Large Quantum Number Expansion: Some Recent Developments"
11.01. Kasia Rejzner "BV-BFV formalism in perturbative AQFT"
14.12. Dmitri Bykov "Sigma models as Gross-Neveu models"
07.12. Susanne Reffert (U. Bern) "The large charge expansion"
16.11. Owen Gwilliam (U. of Massachusetts) "Centers of higher enveloping algebras and bulk-boundary systems"
09.11. Ilka Brunner (LMU) "Flow Defects and Phases of gauged linear sigma models"
02.11. Mathias Traube (MPI Munich) "Cardy Algebras, Sewing-Constraints and String-Nets"
26.10. Theo Johnson-Freyd (Perimeter) "3+1d topological orders with (only) an emergent fermion"
19.10. Chris Beem (Oxford U.) "Hall-Littlewood Chiral Rings and Derived Higgs Branches"
12.10. Ezra Getzler (Northwestern U.) "Gluing local gauge conditions in BV quantum field theory
Past seminars summer 2020

20.07. Thorsten Schimannek (Vienna U.) "The quantum geometry of genus one fibered Calabi-Yau threefolds"
13.07. Thomas Creutzig (Alberta) "Algebraic blow-up"
29.06. Alberto Cattaneo (Zurich) "Hamilton-Jacobi and Quantum Chern-Simons on Cylinders"
22.06 Simone Noja (Como) "On Some Global and Local Problems in Supergeometry"
15.06. Tomas Prochazka (LMU) "Grassmannian VOAs"
08.06. Ingmar Saberi (Heidelberg) "Holomorphic field theories and higher symmetries"
25.05. Christoph Chiaffrino (LMU) “Planar Quantum A-Infinity Algebras”
18.05. Nils Carqueville (Vienna) “An introduction to functorial TQFT with defects”
11.05. Ivo Sachs (LMU) "From BV to string theory and back"