Andries Salm (University College London)
17:00 - 18:00 Zoom
28 January 2021

A Physics approach to the Atiyah-Singer Index theorem


Do you think your supervisor is too rigorous? Do you silently believe that the world is smooth and finite at the same time? Do you want to interchange limits and integrals without checking it makes sense? Then this talk is for you! We will ‘prove’ a beautiful theorem relating topology, geometry and functional analysis using methods only allowed in physics. We will get our hand dirty by actually calculating Clifford algebras and we will experimentally show that this theorem is true using particle decay.

( For those who cringe from this abstract: In the end it is going to be alright. )