Quantum Field Theory and Factorization Algebras (19frg244)


(Yale University)

Dylan Butson (University of Toronto)

(Perimeter Institute)

(Tsinghua University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Quantum Field Theory and Factorization Algebras" workshop in Banff from February 17, 2019 to February 24, 2019.

Quantum field theory is a framework in physics used to describe elementary particles at very small length scales and high energies, where both quantum mechanical and relativistic effects must be taken into account.

Additionally, many ideas from quantum field theory have been used to motivate new conjectures and tools in various areas of pure mathematics, such as algebraic and geometric topology, algebraic geometry, and representation theory.

Factorization algebras are one of the most promising mathematical avatars of quantum field theory, and this workshop aims to develop a few crucial remaining techniques in the factorization framework for streamlining the relationship between quantum field theories and their applications in modern mathematics.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).