When considering flat unitary bundles on a punctured Riemann surface, it is often convenient to have a space that includes all possible holonomies around the punctures; such a space is provided by the extended moduli space of Jeffrey. On the other hand, there are certain inconveniences, in particular no clear link to complex geometry via a Narasimhan-Seshadri type theorem. It turns out that the situation can be remedied quite nicely by considering bundles with framings taking values in a Grassmannian. Analogs for general structure groups, and in particular links with recent work of Martens and Thaddeus, will also be discussed. (This is joint work with U. Bhosle and I. Biswas.)
I will discuss some joint work with K. Uhlenbeck. There is a general method for constructing soliton hierarchies from a splitting of Lie algebras. We explain how formal scattering and inverse scattering, Hamiltonian structures, commuting conservation laws, Backlund transformations, tau functions, and Virasoro actions on tau functions can all be constructed in a uni ed way from such splittings.
Asymptotically conical (AC) Calabi-Yau manifolds are Ricci-at Kahler manifolds that resemble a Ricci-at Kahler cone at infinity. I will describe an existence theorem for AC Calabi-Yau manifolds which, in particular, yields a refinement of an existence theorem of Tian and Yau for such manifolds. I will also discuss some examples. This is ongoing work with Hans-Joachim Hein.
In this talk, I will discuss my recent works with J. Streets on curvature ows on Hermitian manifolds and show how they can be used to study generalized Kahler manifolds. I will also show how they are related to the renormalization group ow coupled with B- elds. Some open problems will be discussed. In the end, I will also discuss briey a new ow which preserves symplectic structures.
We discuss the extension of the smooth entropy formalism to arbitrary physical systems with no bound on the number of degrees of freedom, comparing them with already existing notions of entropy for infinite-dimensional systems. Our analysis is both conceptual as well as based on operational primitives, for example we ask for the ability to perform privacy amplification against any kind of quantum side information. As an application, we show how to employ a version of the entropic uncertainty relation to provide a security analysis for continuous variable quantum key distribution protocols. based on arXiv:1107.5460, 1112.2179. This is joint work with Mario Berta, Fabian Furrer as well as with Torsten Franz, Marco Tomamichel, Reinhard Werner
This talk will be about non-equilibrium many-body physics in integer quantum Hall edge states far from equilibrium. Recent experiments have generated a highly non-thermal electron distribution by bringing together at a point contact two quantum Hall edge states originating from sources at different potentials. The relaxation of this distribution to a stationary form is observed as a function of distance downstream from the contact [Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 056803 (2010)]. I will discuss the broader context for the experiments and a physical picture of the equilibration process. I will also present an exact treatment of a minimal model for the experiment with results that account well for the observations. [Joint work with Dmitry Kovrizhin]
The fundamental properties of quantum
information and its applications to computing and cryptography have been
greatly illuminated by considering information-theoretic tasks that are
provably possible or impossible within non-relativistic quantum mechanics. In this talk I describe a general framework
for defining tasks within (special) relativistic quantum theory and illustrate
it with examples from relativistic quantum cryptography.
A very general way of describing the abstract structure of quantum theory is to say that the set of observables on a quantum system form a C*-algebra. A natural question is then, why should this be the case - why can observables be added and multiplied together to form any algebra, let alone of the special C* variety? I will present recent work with Markus Mueller and Howard Barnum, showing that the closest algebraic cousins to standard quantum theory, namely the Jordan-algebras, can be characterized by three principles having an informational ﬂavour, namely: (1) a generalized spectral decomposition, (2) a high degree of symmetry, and (3) a requirement on conditioning on the results of observations. I'll then discuss alternatives to the third principle, as well as the possibility of dropping it as a way of searching for natural post-quantum theories.