Prof. Francis Brown
Professor of Mathematics
Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Arithmetic algebraic geometry and quantum field theory.
I am currently working on a `Galois theory of periods' and its applications. Periods are a class of transcendental numbers defined by integrals which includi pi and values of the Riemann zeta function at positive integers. A deep conjecture of Grothendieck predicts the existence of a linear algebraic group acting on such numbers.
Applications include: the study of mixed modular motives (iterated extensions of motives of modular forms) coming from the fundamental group of the moduli space of elliptic curves, and a new Galois group of symmetries of particle-scattering amplitudes in high-energy physics.
Deligne, Pierre:`Multizêtas, d'après Francis Brown', Séminaire Bourbaki, Astérisque No. 352 (2013), Exp. No. 1048, viii, 161–185.