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Simons Center for Geometry and Physics to Host 2013 String-Math Conferences

Organizing Committee: Alexander Abanov, Michael Douglas, Ljudmila Kamenova, Claude LeBrun, John Morgan, Nikita Nekrasov, Leonardo Rastelli, and Martin Rocek

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is hosting a third annual meeting of String-Math series of conferences in June 17-21, 2013.

The main goal of the conference is to bring together mathematicians and physicists who work on ideas related to string theory. String theory, as well as quantum field theory, has contributed a series of profound ideas which gave rise to entirely new mathematical fields and revitalized older ones. By now there is a large and rapidly growing number of both mathematicians and physicists working at the string-theoretic interface between the two academic fields. The influence flows in both directions, with mathematical techniques and ideas contributing crucially to major advances in string theory.

For mathematics, string theory has been a source of many significant inspirations, ranging from Seiberg-Witten theory in four-manifolds, to enumerative geometry and Gromov-Witten theory in algebraic geome- try, to work on the Jones polynomial in knot theory, to advances in symplectic topology, to recent progress in the geometric Langlands program and the development of derived algebraic geometry and n-category theory.

In the other direction, mathematics has provided physicists with powerful tools, ranging from powerful differential geometric techniques for solving or analyzing key partial differential equations, to toric geometry, to K-theory and derived categories in D-branes, to the analysis of Calabi-Yau manifolds and string compactifications, to the use of modular forms and other arithmetic techniques. The depth, power and novelty of the results obtained in both fields thanks to their interaction is truly mind boggling. String-Math is the annual conference that was founded to reflect the most significant progress at the interface of string theory and mathematics.

Topics Include:

  • New and exotic supersymmetric field theories
  • Localization and gauge theory
  • Gauge theory and Khovanov homology
  • Perturbative amplitudes
  • Topological phases of matter
  • Gauge theory angle at integrability
  • Homological mirror symmetry
  • Categorical constructions of topological field theories
  • Mathematical string phenomenology
  • Non-perturbative dualities, F-theory
  • Wall-crossing formulas
  • Hitchin systems
  • Geometric Langlands
  • Arithmetic of strings
  • Gromov-Witten theory and enumerative geometry
  • A-twisted Landau-Ginzburg models
  • String topology
  • Elliptic cohomology
  • Heterotic mirror symmetry
  • Topological T duality
  • Superstring scattering amplitudes
  • Chiral de Rham complexes
  • Noncommutative geometry

Public Talk:

In addition to giving a plenary talk at the conference Edward Witten will give a public talk on “Knots and Quantum Theory”


Mohammed Abouzaid, Mina Aganagic, Miranda Cheng, Kevin Costello, Simon Donaldson, Dan Freed, Kenji Fukaya, Alexander Goncharov, Marco Gualtieri, Sergei Gukov, Daniel Jafferis, Dominic Joyce, Ludmil Katzarkov, Andrew Neitzke, Peter Ozsvath, Tony Pantev, Vasily Pestun, Boris Pioline, Slava Rychkov, Sakura Schafer-Nameki, Pierre Vanhove, Edward Witten, Martijn Wijnholt, Eric Zaslow

Steering Committee:

Ron Donagi, Dan Freed, Nigel Hitchin, Sheldon Katz, Maxim Kontsevich, David Morrison, Edward Witten, Shing-Tung Yau

International Advisory Committee:

Mina Aganagic, Michael Atiyah, Niklas Beisert, *Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, *Tom Bridgeland, *Phillip Candelas, Kevin Costello, Robbert Dijkgraff, Jacques Distler, *Simon Donaldson, *Tohru Eguchi, Edward Frenkel, Matthias Gaberdiel, Jerome Gauntlett, Rajesh Gopakumar, Antonella Grassi, Mark Gross, Chris Hull, Ludmil Katzarkov, Albrecht Klemm, Juan Maldacena, Marcos Marino, Greg Moore, *Werner Nahm, Hirosi Ooguri, *Rahul Panharipande, Tony Pantev, Nicholas Read, *Subir Sachdev, Volker Schomerus, Ashoke Sen, Samson Shatashvili, *Dam Son, Cumrun Vafa, Johannes Walcher, Katrin Wendland, Paul Wiegmann, Maxim Zabzine, *Don Zagier, Eric Zaslow

* To be confirmed

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