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Seminar "Gauge Theory: On swimming, synthetic gauge fields and elementary particles", WS 2015/2016

Gauge theory provides the geometric and calculational framework for the description of a variety of physical phenomena, ranging from biological and condensed matter systems over gravity to elementary particle physics. The seminar will address various fundamental questions concerning the formulation of classical gauge theories, their quantization as well as a number of selected applications. These applications include swimming in dense media, the emergence of artificial gauge fields in condensed matter systems, the formulation of gravity as a gauge theory, the appearance of topological excitations, connections to knot theory, the role of anomalies, etc.

Incomplete list of topics to be covered:


Friday 10:00-11:30 (Seminarraum Theoretische Physik, Old Building)

The preparatory meeting and assignment of talks (Vorbesprechung) will take place on 23.10.2015.

Schedule (Link to outline)