Quantum Topology and Categorification

Spring 2017 Learning Seminar

Khovanov complex of trefoil knot

This is the webpage for a learning seminar on quantum physics and categorification in low-dimensional topology. In Spring 2017, we worked through two extended examples: Witten's derivation of the Jones polynomial from Chern-Simons theory and Khovanov's categorification of the Jones polynomial into Khovanov homology. The seminar was organized by Arun Debray and Richard Wong.

Logistics: we met Tuesdays at 2:00 PM in room RLM 11.176. We tackled the Jones polynomial and Chern-Simons theory in the first half of the semester, then moved to Khovanov homology.

Lecture notes for this seminar are located here.

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