Graduate Student Seminar

Title: Some Representation Theory in Physics
Speaker: Chris Elliott
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Special Note:

The group of symmetries of spacetime (the Poincaré group) occupies a special place of significance in 20th century physics: according to special relativity, the results of a physical experiment shouldn't depend on the reference frame you're standing in when you perform them. In other words, these results are invariant under some action of this group. I'll explain how to classify the representations of the Poincaré group (a theorem from the 1930's), and tell you how the classification is interpreted in quantum mechanics.
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Corinna Wendisch
Contact email: wendisch@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-644-5889
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