School Seminars and Colloquia

TQFT and the Jones Polynomial

Volume Conjecture Seminar

by Callum Sleigh

Institution: The University of Melbourne
Date: Mon 12th September 2011
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Room 107 - Richard Berry building

Abstract: I will give a brief introduction to Topological Quantum Field Theories, and their relation to the Jones Polynomial. I will focus on the so-called 'Chern-Simons' TQFT, constructed by Witten in 1988, and give an outline of how the physical construction using path integrals provides motivation to study the asymptotics of topological invariants coming from TQFT.