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The complex cobordism 2-category and its central extensions

Presented by: 
Andre Henriques University of Oxford
Date: 
Friday 7th December 2018 - 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
I will introduce a symmetric monoidal 2-category whose objects are 0-manifolds, whose 1-morphisms are 1-dimensional smooth cobordisms, and whose 2-morphisms are Riemann surfaces with boundary and cusps. I will introduce a certain central extension by ℝ₊ and explain its relevance in chiral conformal field theory. Finally, I will explain the state of my understanding on the question of classification of such extensions by ℝ₊.

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