Jerusalem Mathematics Colloquium

Thursday, 19th November 2009, 4:00 pm
Mathematics Building, Lecture Hall 2

Kathryn Hess

"Free loop spaces in topology and physics"


In this talk I will outline a few of the important roles that free loop spaces play in topology and mathematical physics. In particular, I will talk about enumeration of geodesics on manifolds, as well as about the relationship between Hochschild homology and free loop spaces. Moreover I will sketch how a free loop space gives rise to a homological conformal field theory, via string topology.

Light refreshments will be served in the faculty lounge at 3:30.

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