Bulk-boundary correspondences with factorization algebras

Seminar: 
Geometry, Symmetry and Physics
Event time: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Owen Gwilliam
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Event description: 

Factorization algebras provide a flexible language for describing the observables of a perturbative QFT, as shown in joint work with Kevin Costello. In ongoing work with Eugene Rabinovich and Brian Williams, we extend those constructions to a manifold with boundary for a special class of theories that includes, as an example, a perturbative version of the correspondence between chiral U(1) currents on a Riemann surface and abelian Chern-Simons theory on a bulk 3-manifold. Given time, I’ll sketch a systematic higher dimensional version for higher abelian CS theory on an oriented smooth manifold of dimension 4n+3 with boundary a complex manifold of complex dimension 2n+1; it has interesting relationship with the intermediate Jacobian.