School Seminars and Colloquia

Virasoro Representations Beyond an Introduction

Mathematical Physics Seminar

by David Ridout


Institution: ANU
Date: Mon 2nd May 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Room 213, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Conformal invariance is a central pillar of modern
theoretical physics, finding application in both statistical mechanics and string theory. Computations
using this symmetry usually boil down to knowing the representation theory of an appropriate chiral algebra, the most fundamental of which is the Virasoro algebra.
In this talk, we will introduce this algebra and review its standard (category O) representation theory as determined by Kac and Feigin-Fuchs. We then turn to a brief overview of its representation theory beyond category O which is fundamental to ongoing research in logarithmic conformal field theory.

For More Information: contact: Iwan Jensen. email: i.jensen@ms.unimelb.edu.au