Scientific Staff

Simon James Wood
Position
Postdoc (others) (from 2010/12/01 to 2011/11/30) [Swiss]
Todai Postdoctoral Research Fellow (from 2011/11/30 to 2013/11/29) [JSPS Fellow]
Affiliation
The Australian National University College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences Research School of Physics & Engineering
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Department of Physics Institute for Theoretical Physics

URL
http://www.itp.phys.ethz.ch/people/swood/index
PHOTO

The primary focus of my research is logarithmic conformal field theory. Conformal field theories are quantum field theories that are invariant with respect to transformations that preserve angles but not lengths. These theories are encountered in string theory and statistical mechanics and have a very rich mathematical structure that can be described by vertex operator algebras. Logarithmic conformal field theory is a generalization of standard conformal field theory, which admits logarithmic divergences in correlation functions. The vertex operator algebras of logarithmic conformal field theories are still quite poorly understood. Here at the IPMU I hope to get a better understanding of these vertex operator algebras of logarithmic conformal field theories as well as the categorical structures underlying their representation theory.


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