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ITMP Seminar "A kinematical Erlanger Programme"

ITMP Seminar
20 May 2024

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the next ITMP seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 18:00 (Moscow time). It will be organised via Zoom.

Speaker: Prof. Jose Figueroa-O'Farrill, University of Edinburgh

Title: A kinematical Erlanger Programme

Abstract: Klein’s famous Erlanger Programme can be summarised as “geometry from symmetry”. The geometries that Klein studied are “static” (time played no rôle). Adding time we arrive at a “kinematical” version of the Erlanger programme, which we could summarise as “physics from symmetry”. In this talk I would like to review the notion of kinematical groups and how given a kinematical group and via the study of some of its homogeneous spaces, we may arrive at the notions of particles and fields (both classical and quantum) and even gravity. This is, of course, well understood for the case of the Poincaré group, since that is the kinematical group underlying quantum field theory and general relativity, but the framework is more general and can be applied to other kinematical groups such as the Galilei and Carroll groups.

If you want to join the seminar please register here before 16:00, May 22 here.

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