Special Colloquium


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June 1, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sergei Gukov - Caltech

Title: From Ramanujan to Rokhlin, via quantum groups

Abstract: In this talk, intended for a broad audience, I will describe recent work on new q-series invariants of 3-manifolds labeled by Spin-C structures. While the original motivation for studying these invariants is rooted in topology, they exhibit a number of unexpected properties and connections to other areas of mathematics, e.g. turn out to be characters of logarithmic vertex algebras.

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