Gauge Theories in Higher Dimensions

Aug 11 2014 - 09:00
Aug 14 2014 - 12:30
Venue: 

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Short description of the event: 

Yang-Mills theory was formulated in 1954 and became an essential ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics in the 1970s. At the end of that decade, important solutions to the Yang-Mills equations (monopoles, instantons) were discovered in physics and their moduli spaces were constructed in mathematics. These seminal studies took place on four-dimensional (space-time) manifolds. Fuelled by the advance of string theory and the need of compactification on 6- or 7-dimensional internal spaces with special structures, Yang-Mills theory in higher dimensions has become a wide field of contemporary research since the mid-eighties, in mathematics and theoretical physics alike.
This workshop intends to bring together active researchers from both areas for an exchange on the subject, in particular regarding topics such as
Instantonic solutions and their moduli spaces, Supersymmetric extensions, Conformal field theories and twistor methods, Donaldson-Thomas invariants

The program consists of 50-minute talks by invited participants beginning on Monday morning and ending at noon on Thursday, with late Tuesday afternoon free for excursions or other activities.