123 TQFTs

17 May 2011
Jamie Vicary (Comlab)

I will present some new results on classifying 123 TQFTs,
using a 2-categorical approach. The invariants defined by a TQFT are
described using a new graphical calculus, which makes them easier to
define and to work with. Some new and interesting physical phenomena
are brought out by this perspective, which we investigate. I will
finish by banishing some TQFT myths! This talk is based on joint work
with Bruce Bartlett, Chris Schommer-Pries and Chris Douglas.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar