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Zero-energy states in supermembrane matrix models

Thursday 29th March 2012 - 14:00 to 15:00
INI Seminar Room 2
We review recent progress concerning the mathematical problem of determining existence, uniqueness, and structure of zero-energy states in supermembrane matrix models, relevant for the quantum mechanical description of relativistic membranes, reduced Yang-Mills theory, and M-theory. Different approaches to this problem involve octonionic deformations, averaging of simpler subsystems, as well as a well-defined Witten index counting the number of weakly decaying zero-energy states.
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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons