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Chern-Simons and Other Topological Field Theories November 16, 2021 - November 18, 2021
Registration Deadline: November 16, 2021 about 2 months from now
To apply for Funding you must register by: October 15, 2021 18 days from now
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium, Atrium
Organizers Stephon Alexander (Brown University), Fiona Burnell (University of Minnesota), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Dan Freed (University of Texas, Austin), Joel Moore (University of California, Berkeley), John Morgan (Columbia University)
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The introduction of the Chern-Simons differential form in 1972 catalyzed a remarkable series of developments across mathematics and physics, continuing to the present day. The classical Chern-Simons invariant provides an obstruction to immersing a 3-manifold conformally into Euclidean 4-space, while the quantum Chern-Simons invariants in topological field theories gave rise to many new developments in knot theory.  In physics, the Chern-Simons action for gauge fields is widely discussed as an alternative or supplement to conventional Maxwell and Einstein theories. Topological field theories encode the fractional statistics of emergent anyon particles in condensed matter. This workshop will cover the current state of the manifold areas in mathematics and physics in which Chern-Simons and other topological field theories have had a dramatic impact, as well as their appearance in new areas ranging from integrability to number theory.   Shiing-Shen Chern, the founding Director of MSRI was born on October 28, 1911 in Jiaxing, China. We join the Chern Institute of Mathematics at Nankai University and the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsinghua University in celebrating Professor Chern's 110th Birthday, following Chinese tradition.     Travel notification: If postponement of this workshop should be necessary because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision will be made by October 15; please consider this when buying airline tickets.     This workshop is supported by the Simons Foundation. MSRI has been supported from its origins by the National Science Foundation, now joined by over 100 Academic Sponsor departments, by a range of private foundations, and by generous and farsighted individuals.
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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Nov 16, 2021
Tuesday
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  TBA
Simon Donaldson (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  TBA
Xie Chen (California Institute of Technology)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  TBA
Mina Aganagic (University of California, Berkeley)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  TBA
Michael Hopkins (Harvard University)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  TBA
Sylvester Gates (Brown University)
Nov 17, 2021
Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  TBA
Charles Kane (Simons Foundation)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  TBA
John Lott (University of California, Berkeley)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  TBA
Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  TBA
Minhyong Kim (University of Warwick)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  TBA
James Simons (Simons Foundation)
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
  Banquet at Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
Cumrum Vafa (Harvard University)
Nov 18, 2021
Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  TBA
Nico Yunes (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  TBA
Kevin Costello (Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  TBA
Xiao-Gang Wen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  TBA
Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  TBA
Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research Station Q)