This workshop will focus on the less common applications of symplectic geometry to String theory. It seeks to go beyond the stringy applications of integrable systems and moment map techniques. The collaborative emphasis will be on the implementation of the new methods developed by the symplectic topologists to the physics of D-branes, cosmology and astrophysics. The following research projects will be discussed:
Developing graded Floer homology techniques for detection of stability and annihilation of D-branes. Constructing braid invariants of domain walls and topological obstructions to phase transitions in heterotic M-theory.
(University of Pennsylvania, Mathematics)
Anton Kapustin (Caltech / USC, Physcis)
Maxim Kontsevich (IHES (France), Mathematics)
Burt Ovrut (University of Pennsylvania, Physics)
Tony Pantev (University of Pennsylvania, Mathematics)
Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard University, Mathematics)