University of Manchester

Informal Research Seminar on Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Special programme:

Double and Multiple Structures in Standard and Super Geometry


Weekly details, 2007 - 08

Thursday February 21, 2008

At about 1.15 Ted will recall the Cattaneo-Felder action and its geometrical meaning in terms of Lie algebroids and then start discussing its symmetries.

At about 2.00 Kirill will complete the description of the variational formula left incomplete last time.

Thursday November 29, 2007

At about 1.15 Ted will elaborate the statement made last time concerning the classical equations of motion for the field-theoretical model considered by Cattaneo and Felder. Namely, it will be explained that for two manifolds endowed with vector fields, the condition that a smooth map relates (= intertwines) these fields can be interpreted as the vanishing at this map of a certain natural vector field on the (infinite-dimensional) "manifold of smooth maps". This is, in fact, almost obvious. Less obvious is that such a vector field on the space of maps can be sometimes written in a "gradient" form, i.e., the above condition can be expressed by variational equations. A heuristic statement when this occurs will be given. It covers the CF case and other interesting situations.

At about 2.15 Kirill will endeavour to explain the integral condition on deformations with which he ended two weeks ago. If there is time, he will start on the Lie algebroid case.

Thursday November 15, 2007

At about 1.10, Ted will start a discussion of the Cattaneo-Felder paper of 1999, where they suggested a quantum-field theoretical explanation of Kontsevich's formulas for deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds. This should be related with another approach to quantization of Poisson manifolds, namely, via symplectic groupoids. Hence there is a hope of convergence of this line with the discussion of integration of Lie brackets that has been started earlier by Kirill.

At about 2.05pm, Kirill will resume the discussion of Duistermaat's proof of the integrability of Lie algebras using path spaces. He will recall some of the material from the meetings in spring and then go on to the variational formula.


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February 20, 2008