Upcoming conference: Workshop on operator algebras and conformal field theory in Eugene March 30, 2010Posted by Ben Webster in conferences, QFT.
Aside from Eugene being lovely in August, I felt this conference was worth a post because it’s something of a unique format. Rather than being a bunch of experts on the subject (as it says in the title, the subject is the conjunction of operator algebras and CFT) getting together and giving talks that only they understand, it will be aimed at being educational for graduate students and interested non-experts (such as myself). The format is a bit similar to that of Talbot. In particular, in addition to an organizer (Nick) it has a “leader” who is in charge of mathematical content (but will delegate quite a few of the lectures); that will be the incomparable Andre Henriques.
The workshop is structured around Wasserman’s paper Operator algebras and conformal field theory III, but a more detailed list of topics is also posted online. This workshop is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about conformal field theory, loop groups, and generally how operator algebras and representation theory interact. Even better, they have some money, so if you need support, you can email Nick, and perhaps I’ll see you there.