CMSA Colloquium: Liouville Theory and Weil-Petersson Geometry


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May 6, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
CMSA, 20 Garden St, G10
Address: 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Sarah Harrison - Northeastern University

Two-dimensional conformal field theory is a powerful tool to understand the geometry of surfaces. Liouville conformal field theory in the classical (large central charge) limit encodes the geometry of the moduli space of Riemann surfaces. I describe an efficient algorithm to compute the Weil--Petersson metric to arbitrary accuracy using Zamolodchikov's recursion relation for conformal blocks, focusing on examples of a sphere with four punctures and generalizations to other one-complex-dimensional moduli spaces. Comparison with analytic results for volumes and geodesic lengths finds excellent agreement.
In the case of M_{0,4}, I discuss numerical results for eigenvalues of the Weil-Petersson Laplacian and connections with random matrix theory.
Based on work with K. Coleville, A. Maloney, K. Namjou, and T. Numasawa.