University of Calgary

Elliptic Curves, Reality, and String Duality

Submitted by ccunning on Sun, 03/18/2012 - 7:24pm.
Apr 17 2012 - 3:30pm
Apr 17 2012 - 4:30pm

Charles Doran, University of Alberta

MS 431
PIMS Voyageur Colloquium

String theories (there are several variants) require a space on which to compactify. This space is typically a Calabi-Yau manifold, but "toy models" which exhibit many essential features can even be low dimensional tori. We will explore how the classification of elliptic curves with involution sheds light on dualities between variant string theories, studying both through the topological lens of a real variant of K-theory.