Professor Kefeng Liu




Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 4:00pm


MSTB 254

I will discuss the proofs of some conjectural formulas
about Hodge integrals on moduli spaces of curves.
The generating series for all genera and all marked
points of such integrals are expressed in terms of
finite closed formulas from Chern-Simons knot invariants.
Such conjectures were made by string theorists based
on large N duality in string theory. I will explain
our proofs from localization techniques. Their relation
to toric Calabi-Yau manifolds and equivariant index
theory in gauge theory will also be discussed.
These are joint works with C.-C. Liu, J. Zhou and J. Li.