Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

November 19, 2021 from 15:30 to 16:30 (Montreal/EST time)

Exploring string vacua through geometric transitions

Colloquium presented by Tristan Collins (MIT)

2021 André Aisenstadt Prize in Mathematics Recipient

A fundamental problem in string theory is the multitude of distinct geometries which give rise to consistent solutions of the vacuum equations of motion. 

One possible resolution of this "vacuum degeneracy" problem is the "fantasy" that the moduli space of string vacua is connected through the process of "geometric transitions". 

I will discuss some geometric problems associated to this fantasy and their applications.

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