SMS scnews item created by Leo Tzou at Tue 28 Jul 2015 1044
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 27 Jan 2016
Calendar1: 18 Sep 2015 1430-1530
CalLoc1: Carslaw 373
Auth: (ltzo2369) in SMS-WASM

Joint Colloquium: Zsuzsanna Dancso -- The Kashiwara-Vergne problem and flying rings in R^3

The Kashiwara-Vergne problem is a property of the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorff series which
has strong consequences in Lie theory and harmonic analysis.  It was conjectured in the
70’s and first proven in 2006 by Alekseev and Meinrenken.  

I will describe a procedure whose input is a structure in topology (typically some class
of knotted objects) and whose output is a set of equations in a graded space.  I’ll
explain how this leads to a one-to-one correspondence between solutions to the
Kashiwara-Vergne problem and certain invariants of a class of knotted tubes in R^4.  If
time allows, I’ll also discuss how this gives rise to a new topological proof of the
Kashiwara-Vergne problem, and provides an intuitive explanation for the connection
between the Kashiwara-Vergne equations and Drinfel’d associators.  

Joint work with Dror Bar-Natan; the talk is aimed at a general mathematics audience.