Chern-Simons Gauge Theory: 20 years after

Organizers: Joergen Ellegaard Andersen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Hans Boden (McMaster University, Canada), Atle Hahn (Lisbon University, Portugal), Benjamin Himpel (Bonn University)

Time: August 3, 10:00 a.m. - August 7, 2009, 12:50 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Hall, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Vivatsgasse 7


Chern-Simons theory has developed in several different directions since its relation to knot theory was discovered by Witten 20 years ago. On the one hand, there have been several advances in understanding the TQFT approach to his 3-manifold invariants and the semiclassical approximation, as well as in treating the Feynman path integral version rigorously using stochastic analysis. On the other hand, Witten’s seminal work initiated lots of interesting questions and results in knot theory and geometric topology, as well as the development of entirely new fields.

The workshop will bring together researchers working in geometric topology, stochastic analysis and mathematical physics with a particular interest in Chern-Simons theory. The schedule will include a limited number of one-hour talks, as well as additional time for problem sessions, informal discussion and social events. The final schedule will be announced in advance of the workshop and posted on this website.

There will be another conference on the same subject this year: The 84th encounter between mathematicians and theoretical physicists will take place at the IRMA (Strasbourg) on September 10-12, 2009 on the theme "Quantum topology and Chern-Simons theory".