Graduate Student Seminar

Title: Weighted projective space and Calabi-Yau manifolds
Speaker: Yuan Shen
Speaker Info: Northwestern University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

In quantum field theory, in an attempt to classify (not all) Conformal Field Theories, physicists came up with the Landau-Ginzburg model. In the process they noticed a beautiful relationship with certain Calabi-Yau manifolds. In my talk, I will describe some of the physical motivation, but mainly the constructions of these complete-intersection Calabi-Yau's which live embedded inside of weighted-projective space.

Only minimal knowledge of QFT, complex manifolds, and algebraic geometry will be assumed.

References: Greene + Vafa '88 Vafa + Warner '88 Griffiths + Harris [textbook]

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 5:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Austin Ford
Contact email: aford@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847/467-1658
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