Multiple zeta values in deformation quantization

2 May 2017

In 1997, Maxim Kontsevich gave a universal formula for the
quantization of Poisson brackets.  It can be viewed as a perturbative
expansion in a certain two-dimensional topological field theory.  While the
formula is explicit, it is currently impossible to compute in all but the
simplest cases, not least because the values of the relevant Feynman
integrals are unknown.  In forthcoming joint work with Peter Banks and Erik
Panzer, we use Francis Brown's approach to the periods of the moduli space
of genus zero curves to give an algorithm for the computation of these
integrals in terms of multiple zeta values.  It allows us to calculate the
terms in the expansion on a computer for the first time, giving tantalizing
evidence for several open conjectures concerning the convergence and sum of
the series, and the action of the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group by gauge

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