Deadline to Register
Friday October 7, 2022
Participation is by invitation only. All participants must register.
Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley
Symmetry has long played a prominent role in constraining and governing physical laws. The projective symmetries of quantum mechanics and field theory ushered in the notion of higher symmetries effected by higher groups. Inspired by the TQFT of the last decades, a theory of “non-invertible” higher symmetries has been developed, involving notions of higher structured algebras and categories. The Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetries develops the general calculus of such higher symmetries, their action on, and implications for, quantum field theories.
The Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetries inaugural annual meeting will discuss progress on the following goals:
- describing the action of a TQFT of symmetries on a general QFT, with the concomitant calculus of topological defects and operators of varying codimension
- ongoing work on the higher categorical notions of semi-simplicity allowing for an algebraic treatment of high-dimensional TQFTs
- examples of TQFT actions on QFTs, with consequences for the dynamics and renormalization flow
- the constructions of such actions, starting from features present in the dynamics of the QFT.
Collaboration PIs wish to set the stage for a systematic exploration of further questions, including continuous higher symmetries, the study of non-perturbative features of conventional and unconventional (S)QFTs, implications of higher symmetry for the RG flow, and a methodical understanding of condensation of topological defects. They hope all participants will want to share their insights, ideas and contributions in informal interaction around the structured presentations.
8:30 AM CHECK-IN & BREAKFAST 9:30 AM PROGRAM | TBA 10:30 AM BREAK 11:00 AM PROGRAM | TBA 12:00 PM LUNCH 1:00 PM PROGRAM | TBA 2:00 PM BREAK 2:30 PM PROGRAM | TBA 3:30 PM BREAK 4:00 PM PROGRAM | TBA 5:00 PM DAY ONE CONCLUDES
8:30 AM CHECK-IN & BREAKFAST 9:30 AM PROGRAM | TBA 10:30 AM BREAK 11:00 AM PROGRAM | TBA 12:00 PM LUNCH 1:00 PM PROGRAM | TBA 2:00 PM MEETING CONCLUDES
Participation & Funding
Participation in the meeting falls into the following four categories. An individual’s participation category is communicated via their letter of invitation.
Group A – PIs and Speakers
The foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the conference as well as hotel accommodations and reimbursement of local expenses. Business-class or premium economy airfare will be booked for all flights over five hours.
Group B – Out-of-town Participants
The foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the conference as well as hotel accommodations and reimbursement of local expenses. Economy-class airfare will be booked for all flights.
Group C – Local Participants
Individuals in Group C are considered local and will not receive financial support, but are encouraged to enjoy all conference-hosted meals.
Group D – Remote Participants
Individuals in Group D will participate in the meeting remotely. Please register at the link above and a remote participation link will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.
Travel & Hotel
Air and Train
The foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the conference for those in Groups A and B. Please provide your travel specifications by clicking the registration link above. If you are unsure of your group, please refer to your invitation sent via email.
For participants in Groups A & B driving to Manhattan, The James NoMad Hotel offers valet parking. Please note there are no in-and-out privileges when using the hotel’s garage, therefore it is encouraged that participants walk or take public transportation to the Simons Foundation.
Participants in Groups A & B who require accommodations are hosted by the foundation for a maximum of three nights at The James NoMad Hotel. Any additional nights are at the attendee’s own expense. To arrange accommodations, please register at the link above.
The James NoMad Hotel
22 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016
(between 28th and 29th Streets)
For driving directions to The James NoMad, please click here.
ALL in-person meeting attendees must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with a World Health Organization approved vaccine, be beyond the 14-day inoculation period of their final dose, and provide proof of vaccination upon arrival to the conference. Acceptable vaccines can be found at the bottom of this page on the WHO’s site.
Individuals in Groups A & B will be reimbursed for meals not hosted by the Simons Foundation as well as local expenses, including ground transportation. Additional information in this regard will be emailed on the final day of the meeting.