Vector bundles of conformal blocks on the moduli space of curves

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Speaker: 
Angela Gibney
Institution: 
University of Georgia
Time: 
Tue, 11/08/2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Host: 
Karl Rubin
Location: 
RH 306

In this talk I will introduce the moduli space of curves, and a class of vector bundles “of conformal blocks” on the moduli space of curves.   I’ll give a nonspecialist definition of these bundles, which have connections to algebraic geometry, representation theory and mathematical physics.  I’ll talk about how by studying the bundles we can learn about the moduli space of curves, and vice versa, focusing on just a few recent results, and open problems.