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Maths HEP Lunchtime Seminars: Representation theory in conformal field theories

Presented by Simon Wood, Cardiff

17 November 2017 13:00 in CM221

Given some chiral conformal field theory, a natural but highly non-
trivial task is to classify its representation theory. In this talk, I will
use some well known examples of conformal field theories, such as the Virasoro
minimal models, to show how certain hard questions in representation theory of
conformal field theories can be neatly rephrased as comparatively easy
questions in the theory of symmetric polynomials. After a brief overview of
the theory of symmetric polynomials, I will show how they can be used to
classify irreducible representations.

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